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Bill Nighy

Actor | * 12/12/1949 (74) | Caterham, Surrey, England (United Kingdom (UK))
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William Francis Nighy (born 12 December 1949) is an English actor. He is known for his work in several stage, television and film productions, he has received several awards including a British Academy Film Award and a Golden Globe Award with nominations for an Academy Award, a Tony Award and a Laurence Olivier Award. He started his career with the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool and made his London debut with the Royal National Theatre starting with The Illuminatus! in 1977. 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 role in Blue/Orange in 2001. He acted on Broadway in the David Hare plays The Vertical Hour (2006) and Skylight (2015), earning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination for the latter. Nighy's early film roles include the comedies Still Crazy (1998), Guest House Paradiso (1999) and Blow Dry (2001). He rose to international stardo... ()
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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).

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Kids & Family

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Awards & Nominations for Bill Nighy

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in a Feature Production Theatre World Award Golden Globe Awards Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Academy Award for Best Actor
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Movies with Bill Nighy as Actor(110)

as Professor Craven (voice)2024 10 Lives
as Danzi (voice)2024 Dragonkeeper
as Lawrence2024 The First Omen
as Bob2023 Role Play
as Williams2022 Living
as Spencer2021 Buckley's Chance
as Self - Narrator2021 Lotus: A New Dawn
as Mr. Woodhouse2020 Emma.
as Robert "Bob" Hayes2020 Minamata
as Sinclair (voice)2019 StarDog and TurboCat
as Edward2019 Hope Gap
as Howard Clifford2019 Pokémon Detective Pikachu
as Ambrose Hilliard / Uncle Frank2017 Their Finest
as Mr. Brundish2017 The Bookshop
as Billy Mack2017 Red Nose Day Actually
as Socrates (voice)2016 Norm of the North
as John Kildare2016 The Limehouse Golem
as Sergeant Wilson2016 Dad's Army
as Self - 'Flushed Away' and 'Arthur Christmas'2015 A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman
as Johnny Worricker2014 Turks & Caicos
as Cliff2014 Pride
as Naberius2014 I, Frankenstein
as Johnny Worricker2014 Salting the Battlefield
as Graham Greene (voice)2013 Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene
as The Network (voice)2013 The World's End
as Self - Narrator (voice)2013 Great White Shark
as Dad2013 About Time
as The Hungry Corpse2013 The Hungry Corpse
as General Fallon2013 Jack the Giant Slayer
as Hephaestus2012 Wrath of the Titans
as Matthias2012 Total Recall
as Spoken Quotations (voice)2012 London: The Modern Babylon
as Grandsanta (voice)2011 Arthur Christmas
as Richard Madsen2011 Chalet Girl
as Rattlesnake Jake (voice)2011 Rango
as Johnny Worricker2011 Page Eight
as Douglas Ainslie2011 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
as The Professor2011 Astonish Me
as Victor Maynard2010 Wild Target
as Quentin2009 The Boat That Rocked
as Leonard Saber2009 G-Force
as Alexander Keyes2009 Glorious 39
as Dr. Elefun (voice)2009 Astro Boy
as Arnold Percy2008 Slapper
as Friedrich Olbricht2008 Valkyrie
as Ringmaster (voice)2008 A Fox's Tale
as The Preacher2007 Killers Kill, Dead Men Die
as Met Chief Inspector2007 Hot Fuzz
as Richard Hart2006 Notes on a Scandal
as Whitey (voice)2006 Flushed Away
as Narrator2006 We Love Cigarettes
as Alan Blunt2006 Stormbreaker
as Viktor2006 Underworld: Evolution
as Gideon Warner2005 Gideon's Daughter
as Sir Bernard Pellegrin2005 The Constant Gardener
as Lawrence2005 The Girl in the Café
as Dylan (voice)2005 The Magic Roundabout
as Phillip2004 Shaun of the Dead
as Robin2004 Enduring Love
as James Mortmain2003 I Capture the Castle
as Viktor2003 Underworld
as Billy Mack2003 Love Actually
as Earl of Clincham2003 The Young Visiters
as Dan2002 Lawless Heart
as Uncle Louis Gryffoyn2002 AKA
as Roger2001 Lucky Break
as Ray Robertson2001 Blow Dry
as Lord Sandwich2000 Longitude
as Mr. Johnson1999 Guest House Paradiso
as Ray Simms1998 Still Crazy
as Edward Gardner1997 FairyTale: A True Story
as Jeremy Saville1996 True Blue
as Tristan1996 Alive and Kicking
as Julian1994 Being Human
as Oliver Latham1993 Unnatural Causes
as John Tracey1993 Don't Leave Me This Way
as Roger Maitland1993 The Maitlands
as John Tracey1992 A Masculine Ending
as Hugh Marriner1991 Absolute Hell
as Howard Nash1990 Antonia and Jane
as Tiger Brown1989 Mack the Knife
as Martin Barton1989 The Phantom of the Opera
as Ronald Marsh1985 Thirteen at Dinner
as Helmut Hoffmann1985 Hitler's SS : Portrait In Evil
as ENT Doctor1983 Curse of the Pink Panther
as Dave1982 Under the Skin
as Connor Mullan1982 Easter 2016
as Squadron Leader Blenkinsop1981 Eye of the Needle
as Katherine's Co-worker (uncredited)1980 Death Watch
as Officer1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy
as Player in Everyman Theatre Company, Liverpool1976 Occupy!

TV Shows/Series with Bill Nighy as Actor(31)

as Thomas Jerome Newton2022 The Man Who Fell to Earth
as Self - Narrator (voice)2021 Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty
as Narrator (voice)2019 World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys
as Leo Argyll2018 Ordeal by Innocence
as Saint Germain (voice)2017 Castlevania
as himself2009 Live from Studio Five
as himself2006 The One Show
as Dr Black2005 Doctor Who
as Narrator2005 Meerkat Manor
as James2003 Canterbury Tales
as himself2003 Grumpy Old Men
as self (voice)2002 Timeshift
as himself2001 Richard & Judy
as Man at bar2000 Black Books
as Will Rushmore1999 People Like Us
as Belshazzar (voice)1996 Testament: The Bible in Animation
as Giles Culpepper QC1995 Kavanagh Q.C.
as David Cleeve1994 Wycliffe
as Alan Sinclair1993 Peak Practice
as Hugh Marriner1991 Performance
as Roger Maitland1991 Performance
as Sam Courtney1990 Making News
as Tom Dickenson1990 Chillers
as Cecil Meares1985 The Last Place on Earth
as Goschen1983 Reilly: Ace of Spies
as Jeffrey Grainger1983 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
as Barry1981 Bergerac
as Colin Street1980 Fox
as Vincent Fish1979 Agony
as Oates1979 Minder

Movies with Bill Nighy as Crew(1)

Production/Executive Producer2011 Page Eight

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Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Monday, 12/12 1949 (December) in Caterham, Surrey, England (United Kingdom (UK)) (current age: 74 years + 73 days)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Guildford School of Acting
Children: Mary Nighy
Other names for Bill Nighy (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Билл Найи"
"빌 나이"
"William Francis Nighy"
"Μπιλ Νάι"
Bill Nighy frequently works together with these people:
Paul Kasey (20x, Actor)
Richard Curtis (13x, Crew)
Kevin Grevioux (12x, Actor)
Nicholas Briggs (12x, Actor)
Edgar Wright (11x, Crew)
Len Wiseman (11x, Crew)
Danny McBride (11x, Crew)
Peter Burgis (11x, Crew)
Martin Freeman (9x, Actor)
Simon Pegg (8x, Actor)
David Hare (8x, Crew)
Fiona Weir (8x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:219, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 02/23/2024