BILL NIGHY (Naberius) is an award-winning actor of the stage
and screen. Nighy received a BAFTA Award, a London Film Critics Circle Award,
and an Evening Standard British Film Award for his performance as an aging rock
star in Richard Curtis's 2003 ensemble comedy hit Love Actually. He also won a
Los Angeles Film Critics Award for his collective work in that film, as well as
AKA, I Capture the Castle and Lawless Heart.
His long list of film credits also includes Wild Target, with Rupert Grint
and Emily Blunt; Pirate Radio, which reunited him with Richard Curtis; Bryan
Singer's Valkyrie, with Tom Cruise; Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal, for which
he earned a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination; Underworld and
Underworld: Evolution; Fernando Meirelles'
The Constant Gardener, garnering a British Independent Film Award (BIFA)
nomination; Lawless Heart, which brought him a BIFA nomination; and Still Crazy,
for which he won an Evening Standard British Film Award. He is also
unrecognizable as the tentacled pirate captain Davy Jones in Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and
lent his voice to several animated features, including Flushed Away. Further
roles include the role of Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows-Part 1 and the role of Slartibartfast in The Hitch Hiker's Guide
to the Galaxy.
Born in England, Nighy began his career on the British stage and has since
earned acclaim for his work in numerous plays, including David Hare's The
Vertical Hour, Pravda, Skylight and A Map of the World. He has also performed in
plays by other leading dramatists, including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Brian
Friel, Anton Chekhov and Peter Gill. He received an Olivier Award nomination for
Best Actor for his performance in Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange. On Broadway, he
starred in the 2006 premiere of David Hare's The Vertical Hour, directed by Sam
Also well known for his work on the small screen, Nighy recently earned a
Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the BBC
television movie Page Eight, directed by David Hare and produced by Harry Potter
producer David Heyman. Nighy has worked several times with director David Yates,
including the acclaimed BBC project State of Play, for which he won a BAFTA TV
Award for Best Actor. Yates also directed him in the BBC telefilm The Young
Visitors, and HBO's The Girl in the Cafe, which brought him a Golden Globe
Award nomination for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. He later
won a Golden Globe in the same category for his performance in the 2005
telefilm Gideon's Daughter. His television work also includes dozens of series
guest roles and long form projects, including the one for which he first gained
attention, 1991's The Men's Room.
In March 2012 Nighy starred to much critical acclaim in The Best Exotic
Marigold Hotel which smashed the UK box office. Boasting a stellar British cast
including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie and Slumdog
Millionaire actor Dev Patel, the film was released in the UK in Fall 2011 and in
the USA in May 2012 and made a staggering $46.4 million at the US box office
alone. Later in 2012, Nighy was seen in Wrath of the Titans and Total Recall
alongside Colin Farrell. Earlier this year Bill starred in Jack the Giant Slayer
(1st March US and 22nd March UK); another box office hit making $65.2M at the US
Box Office. Most recently Bill teamed up with Richard Curtis again for his much
anticipated time travelling romantic comedy About Time, also starring Domhnall
Gleeson and Rachel McAdams. About Time was released in the UK on September 6th
and in the US on November 8th, 2013.
Nighy is soon to reunite with David Hare for the second and third
installments of The Worricker Trilogy featuring Nighy as Johnny Worricker, an
MI5 agent. The cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Walken and Ralph
Fiennes among others. Currently he is filming Pride with Imelda Staunton and
Dominic West; the true story about the gay and
lesbian activists who want to raise money to support the families of the
striking miners in 1984.
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