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BILL NIGHY (Davy Jones) was born in Caterham, Surrey, in 1949 and trained for the stage at the Guildford School of Acting. He made his professional stage debut at Newbury's Watermill Theatre and subsequently gained experience at regional theatres like the Edinburgh Traverse, the Chester Gateway and the Liverpool Everyman. He made his first appearance in London in "Comings and Goings” at the Hampstead Theatre in November 1978.

Bill has regularly appeared at the National Theatre in a succession of new plays by leading British writers. In 1993, he starred as an ambitious academic in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia” in a production by Trevor Nunn. Seven years later, he won enormous critical acclaim for his performance as psychiatrist Dr. Robert Smith in "Blue/Orange,” written by Joe Penhall and directed by Roger Michell. For Nicholas de Jongh in the Evening Standard, it was a "knockout performance.” It was a performance that also brought Nighy a Best Actor nomination in the prestigious Olivier Awards.

Bill was also seen as Trigorin in a National Theatre production of Chekhov's "The Seagull” opposite Judi Dench as Arkadina. Mr. Nighy had previously worked with Dame Judi on "Absolute Hell” (BBC) and they were recently reunited for the critically acclaimed "Notes on a Scandal,” which also stars Cate Blanchett and is directed by Richard Eyre.

Bill's long list of television credits includes virtually every major drama series on British TV, but it was his work on "The Men's Room” (BBC) in 1991 that brought him particular attention. More recently, he won a BAFTA Best Actor Award and a Royal Television Society Best Actor Award for his performance as a newspaper editor in the cult series "State of Play.” He has also starred in two television films for writer/director Stephen Poliakoff in "The Lost Prince,” for which he won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and the extraordinary "Gideon's Daughter.” Referring to Mr. Nighy's work in "Gideon's Daughter,” the New York Herald news commented that "he dazzles with his subtlety…There ought to be a prize for him for making it look so real.”

His playing of Lawrence, a middle-aged Treasury official rejuvenated by love in "The Girl in the Cafe,” won him a Golden Globe®Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries and widespread praise from critics. For Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Nighy was "effortlessly charming” and Alessandra Stanley wrote in the New York Times that "The cause is just, but Bill Nighy's performance is reason enough to sign up.”

"The Constant Gardener” won Bill Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards in 2005. But it was "Still Crazy” and his performance as ageing rock vocalist Ray Simms that established Bill's cinema profile and which won him the Peter Sellers Award for Best Comedy Performance, given by the London Evening Standard. Bill landed a second Peter Sellers Award for his unforgettably washed-up pop star Billy Mack in "Love, Actually,” an enormously popular performance that also won him a London Film Critics Award and a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA.

Other cinema credits include "Underworld,” "Underworld: Evolution,” "Shaun of the Dead,” and "Enduring Love.” In 2003, Bill won four Best Supporting Actor awards from the L.A. Film Critics Association for his performances in "AKA,” "Lawless Heart,” "I Capture the Castle,” and "Love, Actually.” His stellar performance as pirate captain Davy Jones—half-squid, half-human—in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest” will be reprised with the 2007 release of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END.

Bill is currently performing on Broadway in David Hare's theater production "The Vertical Hour.” He stars along side Julianne Moore in this story of an American war correspondent that is challenged about her beliefs and culture after meeting an Englishm


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