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Bill Nighy

William Francis Nighy (born 12 December 1949) is an English actor. Known for his work on screen and stage, he has received numerous awards, including two BAFTA Awards, a Golden Globe Award and nominations for an Academy Award and a Tony Award. Nighy started his career with the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool and made his London debut with the Royal National Theatre starting with The Illuminatus! in 1977. There he gained acclaim for his roles in David Hare's Pravda in 1985, Harold Pinter's Betrayal in 1991, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia in 1993, and Anton Chekov's The Seagull in 1994. He received a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor nomination for his performance in Blue/Orange in 2001. He made his Broadway debut in Hare's The Vertical Hour in 2006, and returned in the 2015 revival of Hare's Skylight earning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination. Early film roles include in the comedies Still Crazy (1998), and Blow Dry (1999) before his breakout role in Love Actually (2003) which earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He soon gained recognition portraying Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2006-2007), and Viktor in the Underworld film series (2003-2009). Other films include Shaun of the Dead (2004), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), The Constant Gardener (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Hot Fuzz (2007), Valkyrie (2008), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), About Time (2013), Emma (2020), and Living (2022), the last of these earning him his first career Academy Award nomination. Nighy has gained acclaim for his roles in television earning a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his performance in BBC One series State of Play (2003), and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the BBC film Gideon's Daughter (2007). He's also known for his roles in HBO's The Girl in the Café (2006) and PBS's Page Eight (2012).

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Dec 12, 1949 In Caterham, Surrey, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Real Creatures of Dirt
Latest Project:
Movie Role Play 2024
Known For
Movie Role Play Bob 2024
Movie The Beautiful Game Mal 2024
Movie Real Creatures of Dirt Self / Rattlesnake Jake 2024
Movie Dragonkeeper Danzi (voice) 2023-08-10
Movie 10 Lives Professor Craven (voice) 2023-08-24
Movie Living Williams 2022-11-04
Series The Man Who Fell to Earth Thomas Jerome Newton 2022-04-24
Movie The Laughter & Secrets of 'Love Actually': 20 Years Later Self 2022-11-29
Series World's Most Scenic River Journeys Narrator 2021-04-02
Movie Buckley's Chance Spencer 2021-06-24
Series Iberia's Woodlands: Life on the Edge Self - Narrator (voice) 2021-06-29
Movie Lotus: A New Dawn Self - Narrator 2021-07-28
Series Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty Self - Narrator (voice) 2021-06-05
Movie Emma. Mr. Woodhouse 2020-02-13
Movie Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular Self 2020-12-01
Movie Minamata Robert "Bob" Hayes 2020-03-13
Movie Pokémon Detective Pikachu Howard Clifford 2019-05-10
Movie Sometimes Always Never Alan 2019-03-14
Series World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys Narrator (voice) 2019-10-25
Movie StarDog and TurboCat Sinclair (voice) 2019-12-06
Movie The Kindness of Strangers Timofey 2019-12-12
Movie Hope Gap Edward 2019-10-03
Series The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale Himself 2018-02-18
Series Ordeal by Innocence Leo Argyll 2018-04-01
Movie Their Finest Ambrose Hilliard / Uncle Frank 2017-02-19
Movie The Bookshop Mr. Brundish 2017-11-10
Series Castlevania Saint Germain (voice) 2017-07-07
Movie Red Nose Day Actually Billy Mack 2017-03-24
Movie Norm of the North Socrates (voice) 2016-01-14
Movie Dad's Army Sergeant Wilson 2016-02-05
Movie The Limehouse Golem John Kildare 2016-10-18
Movie A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman Self - 'Flushed Away' and 'Arthur Christmas' 2015-12-26
Movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Douglas Ainslie 2015-02-26
Movie I, Frankenstein Naberius 2014-01-22
Movie Turks & Caicos Johnny Worricker 2014-03-20
Movie Salting the Battlefield Johnny Worricker 2014-03-27
Movie Pride Cliff 2014-09-12
Movie National Theatre Live: Skylight Tom Sergeant 2014-07-24
Movie Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene Graham Greene (voice) 2013-01-01
Movie Jack the Giant Slayer General Fallon 2013-02-27
Movie Great White Shark Self - Narrator (voice) 2013-05-24
Movie The World's End The Network (voice) 2013-07-18
Movie About Time Dad 2013-09-04
Movie The Hungry Corpse The Hungry Corpse 2013-06-26
Movie Wrath of the Titans Hephaestus 2012-03-28
Movie London: The Modern Babylon Spoken Quotations (voice) 2012-08-03
Movie Total Recall Matthias 2012-08-02
Movie Chalet Girl Richard Madsen 2011-02-02
Movie Rango Rattlesnake Jake (voice) 2011-03-02
Movie Astonish Me The Professor 2011-07-26
Movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Douglas Ainslie 2011-11-28
Movie Arthur Christmas Grandsanta (voice) 2011-11-10
Movie Page Eight Johnny Worricker 2011-08-28
Movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Rufus Scrimgeour 2010-10-06
Movie Wild Target Victor Maynard 2010-06-17
Movie The Boat That Rocked Quentin 2009-04-01
Series The Big Art Project Narrator 2009-05-10
Movie Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Viktor 2009-01-22
Movie Astro Boy Dr. Elefun (voice) 2009-10-15
Series Live from Studio Five Self 2009-09-14
Movie Glorious 39 Alexander Keyes 2009-11-20
Movie G-Force Leonard Saber 2009-07-24
Movie Slapper Arnold Percy 2008-06-21
Movie Valkyrie Friedrich Olbricht 2008-12-25
Movie A Fox's Tale Ringmaster (voice) 2008-04-17
Movie Killers Kill, Dead Men Die The Preacher 2007-03-13
Movie Hot Fuzz Met Chief Inspector 2007-02-14
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Davy Jones 2007-05-19
Movie Underworld: Evolution Viktor 2006-01-12
Movie Anatomy of a Global Thriller: Behind the Scenes of The Constant Gardener Self 2006-01-10
Movie We Love Cigarettes Narrator 2006-06-29
Series The One Show Self 2006-08-14
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Davy Jones 2006-07-06
Movie Flushed Away Whitey (voice) 2006-10-22
Movie Notes on a Scandal Richard Hart 2006-12-25
Movie Stormbreaker Alan Blunt 2006-07-21
Series Doctor Who Dr Black 2005-03-26
Movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Slartibartfast 2005-04-28
Movie The Magic Roundabout Dylan (voice) 2005-02-02
Series Meerkat Manor Narrator 2005-09-02
Movie Gideon's Daughter Gideon Warner 2005-10-21
Movie Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Self 2005-09-05
Movie The Constant Gardener Sir Bernard Pellegrin 2005-08-31
Movie Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Self 2005-07-05
Movie The Girl in the Café Lawrence 2005-06-25
Movie Burst Maxwell's Fan 22 2004-01-01
Series He Knew He Was Right Colonel Osborne 2004-04-18
Movie Enduring Love Robin 2004-11-26
Movie Shaun of the Dead Phillip 2004-04-09
Movie I Capture the Castle James Mortmain 2003-05-09
Series The Lost Prince Stamfordham 2003-01-19
Movie Ready When You Are, Mr McGill Phil Parish 2003-01-01
Series State of Play Cameron Foster 2003-05-18
Series Grumpy Old Men Self 2003-10-10
Movie Below Deck: An Interactive History Of Pirates Unknown 2003-12-02
Movie The Young Visiters Earl of Clincham 2003-12-26
Movie Love Actually Billy Mack 2003-09-07
Movie Underworld Viktor 2003-09-19
Series Canterbury Tales James 2003-09-11
Movie Life Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher Narrator 2003-12-29
Movie AKA Uncle Louis Gryffoyn 2002-01-19
Series Timeshift self (voice) 2002-10-10
Series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Lockwood 2002-04-08
Movie Lawless Heart Dan 2002-06-28
Series Richard & Judy Self 2001-11-26
Movie Blow Dry Ray Robertson 2001-03-01
Movie Lucky Break Roger 2001-08-24
Series Black Books Man at bar 2000-09-29
Movie Longitude Lord Sandwich 2000-01-02
Series Longitude Lord Sandwich 2000-01-02
Series People Like Us Will Rushmore 1999-09-20
Movie Guest House Paradiso Mr. Johnson 1999-12-03
Series Total Recall 2070 Matthias Lair 1999-01-05
Movie Still Crazy Ray Simms 1998-10-30
Movie FairyTale: A True Story Edward Gardner 1997-10-24
Movie True Blue Jeremy Saville 1996-11-15
Series Testament: The Bible in Animation Belshazzar (voice) 1996-12-11
Movie Alive and Kicking Tristan 1996-11-08
Series Kavanagh Q.C. Giles Culpepper QC 1995-01-03
Series Wycliffe David Cleeve 1994-07-24
Movie Being Human Julian 1994-05-06
Movie The Maitlands Roger Maitland 1993-11-13
Series Peak Practice Alan Sinclair 1993-05-10
Movie Don't Leave Me This Way John Tracey 1993-05-30
Movie Unnatural Causes Oliver Latham 1993-01-02
Movie A Masculine Ending John Tracey 1992-04-12
Movie Absolute Hell Hugh Marriner 1991-10-05
Movie The Men's Room Prof. Mark Carleton 1991-09-25
Series Performance Roger Maitland 1991-02-22
Series Making News Sam Courtney 1990-01-16
Series Chillers Tom Dickenson 1990-04-14
Movie Antonia and Jane Howard Nash 1990-01-01
Movie The Phantom of the Opera Martin Barton 1989-11-04
Movie Mack the Knife Tiger Brown 1989-11-01
Series The Last Place on Earth Cecil Meares 1985-02-18
Movie Thirteen at Dinner Ronald Marsh 1985-09-19
Movie Hitler's SS : Portrait In Evil Helmut Hoffmann 1985-02-17
Movie The Little Drummer Girl Al 1984-10-19
Series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Jeffrey Grainger 1983-11-11
Movie Curse of the Pink Panther ENT Doctor 1983-08-12
Series Reilly: Ace of Spies Goschen 1983-09-05
Movie Easter 2016 Connor Mullan 1982-05-18
Movie Under the Skin Dave 1982-01-19
Movie Eye of the Needle Squadron Leader Blenkinsop 1981-07-24
Series Bergerac Barry 1981-10-18
Movie Dreams of Leaving William 1980-01-17
Movie Death Watch Katherine's Co-worker (uncredited) 1980-01-23
Movie Fox Colin Street 1980-03-10
Movie Little Lord Fauntleroy Officer 1980-12-01
Series Fox Colin Street 1980-03-10
Series Agony Vincent Fish 1979-03-11
Series Minder Oates 1979-10-29
Movie Soldiers Talking, Cleanly Bill 1978-12-05
Movie Occupy! Player in Everyman Theatre Company, Liverpool 1976-01-01