An established stage and screen actor, Bill Nighy has been working in the industry for the best part of four decades. Born December 12, 1949, William Frances Nighy grew up in the Home Counties town of Caterham, Surrey. After a short stint as an aspiring journalist, Nighy went on to study Acting at the Guildford School of Dance and Drama and has seemingly never looked back.
After a string of theatre, film and television roles, Nighy credits his part in the popular black comedy TV series, The Men’s Room, as his break-through role. His portrayal as the womanizing Professor Mark Carleton led him in a path of notable roles, before gaining international recognition, and a BAFTA award, for his performance of aging rock star, Billy Mack in Love Actually. Since then, Nighy has maintained a varied career, from supporting roles in successful franchises, including Harry Potter and Pirates of the Carribean, to character driven independent films and television series such as The State of Play and Gideon’s Daughter. In recent years, Nighy has been seen in Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy and alongside Potter alumnus, Domhnall Gleeson, in About Time.
Nighy has one daughter, Mary Nighy, from his 27 year marriage with actor Diana Quick.
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I’ve worked David Yates three times. He never writes. He never calls. He’s lousy.
He announced his involvement with the series in June 2009 although he was initially rather cagey about the subject, commenting only, “I don’t think I’m allowed to say it but I’m going to be in the next Harry Potter film. I won’t say which character, but he’s a goodie. I just got the gig.”
In 2008 he was one of the Oxfam supporters to travel to Japan for the year’s G8 conference and in the following year he joined the ActionAid campaign to send an open letter to world leaders on the eve of the same summit.
Bill Nighy has also been instrumental in the widespread Robin Hood Tax campaign, for which he also appeared in viral video, The Banker.
Nighy’s charitable efforts also extend to supporting the arts, where he a patron for the Milton Rooms, an arts center in Malton (North Yorkshire), alongside fellow Potter actor, Imelda Staunton.
Bill Nighy’s exceptional performances in so many projects has gone far from unnoticed. He has amassed a collection of 13 awards and 16 nominations over his career so far, including:
- 2007 – Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television - Gideon’s Daughter
- 2004 - BAFTA - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Love Actually
- 2004- Broadcasting Guild Awards - Best Actor – State of Play