Filmography Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy is a Golden Globe- and BAFTA-award winning English actor. He started working in theatre and television, before his first cinema role in 1981. He is perhaps best known to international film audiences for his roles in Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Notes on a Scandal, Underworld and Pirates of the Caribbean. 
Nighy was born in Caterham, Surrey, England, the son of Catherine Josephine a psychiatric nurse, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who managed a car garage and worked as a mechanic. He has two older siblings, Martin and Anna. Nighy attended the John Fisher School in Purley. He trained at the Guildford School of Acting, formerly known as The Guildford School of Dance and Drama. 
After two seasons at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, Nighy made his London stage debut at the National Theatre in an epic staging of Ken Campbell and Chris Langham's Illuminatus!. 
He has starred in many radio and television dramas, notably the BBC serial The Men's Room (1991), and more recently the thriller State of Play (2003) and costume drama He Knew He Was Right (2004). He played Sam in the 1981 BBC Radio dramatization of The Lord of the Rings (where he was credited as William Nighy), and appeared in the 1980s BBC Radio versions of Yes Minister episodes. He starred alongside Stephen Moore and Lesley Sharp in the acclaimed short radio drama Kerton's Story first aired in 1996. He also played a starring role in the 2002 return of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, portraying crooked politician Jeffrey Grainger. He has also made a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi. 
Nighy's two most acclaimed stage performances were in National Theatre productions. Taking the leading male role in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (1993), he played an unscrupulous university don in witty exchanges with Felicity Kendal, his famous ironic 'snicker' much in evidence; and he gave a virtuoso performance as a consultant psychiatrist in Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange (2000), for which he won an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor, and which transferred to the West End at the Duchess Theatre the following year. 
In 2003, Nighy played the role of the Vampire Elder Viktor in the American production Underworld and returned in the same role for the sequel Underworld: Evolution in 2006. In February 2004, he was awarded the BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Love Actually, and followed this up at the BAFTA Television Awards in April with the Best Actor award for State of Play. He also appeared in the comedy Shaun of the Dead. 
In 2005, he appeared as Slartibartfast in the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams and also in the one-off BBC One comedy-drama The Girl in the Café. In February 2006, he appeared in scriptwriter Stephen Poliakoff's one-off drama, Gideon's Daughter. Nighy took the lead character of Gideon, a successful events organiser who begins to lose touch with the world around him. This performance won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie in January 2007. 
Nighy appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, where he played the principal villain, Davy Jones. He reprised the role in the 2007 sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. 
He also provides the narration for the 2007 BBC series Meerkat Manor. Recently, he played the role of Richard Hart in Notes on a Scandal, for which he was nominated for a London Film Critics Circle award. He has twice played burnt-out rockstars: Ray Simms in Still Crazy and Billy Mack in Love Actually. 
With the announcement of "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," Nighy will reclaim his memorable role as Viktor. Filming began in January, 2008. David Yates confirmed that Nighy would be his first choice for the role of Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which is said to be in theaters November 21 2008. 
Nighy is the partner of actress Diana Quick. They have one daughter, Mary (born 1984). He has Dupuytren's Contracture, a hereditary condition which causes the ring and little fingers of each hand to be permanently bent inwards towards the palm.

Filmography Bill Nighy

November 2014


 Directed by: Matthew WarchusWith: Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew ScottIt's the summer of 1984. Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems... Read more...
Chalet Girl - Comedy, Romantic
February 2011

Chalet Girl

Comedy, Romantic Directed by: Phil TraillWith: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill NighyPretty tomboy Kim Matthews (Felicity Jones), 19, used to be a champion skateboarder - but now she's stuck in a dead end job trying to support her dad. Opportunity comes knocking in the form of a catering job in the one of the most exclusive chalets in the Alps. At first, Kim's baffled by this... Read more...
Astro Boy - Action, Science Fiction, Animation (modern)
October 2009

Astro Boy

Action, Science Fiction, Animation (modern) Directed by: David BowersSet in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive 'blue' energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly.... Read more...
The Boat That Rocked - Drama, Comedy
May 2009

The Boat That Rocked

Drama, Comedy Directed by: Richard CurtisWith: Philip Seymour Hoffmann, Bill Nighy,...In 1966 -- arguably British pop music's finest era -- the BBC played only two hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio blasted rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people -- more than half the population of Britain -- listened to these pirates every single day.
Valkyrie - War
January 2009


War Directed by: Bryan SingerWith: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Carice Van Houten,...At the absolute height of World War II, German generals hatch a daring plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler and effectively render the German war machine impotent. Directed by Bryan Singer, Valkyrie stars Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the real-life mastermind behind the elaborate plot... Read more...
Hot Fuzz - Comedy
September 2007

Hot Fuzz

Comedy Directed by: Edgar WrightWith: Simon Pegg, Nick frost, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy,..."Hot Fuzz" is the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie "Shaun of the Dead." With the same razor-sharp combination of humor and attention to detail they used to breathe new life into the undead, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have set their sights on Action Movies for their next... Read more...

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