Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy


12/12/1949, Caterham, Surrey, England, UK

Birth Name

William Francis Nighy


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Bill Nighy was born on December 1949 in Caterham. His father managed a garage and the family lived in a flat over the garage. Bill's mother worked as a psychiatric nurse. At school Bill gained two 'o' levels in English Language and English Literature and enjoyed reading, particularly…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In August 2008, Bill and long term partner Diana Quick issued a statement that they had seperated amicably and remain friends.

    • Bill released Christmas is All Around, in character as Billy Mack - the washed-up musician he played in Love Actually.

    • Among the Audio Novelisations read by Bill are Edgar Allen Poe's The Dupin Mysteries, Tolstoy's War and Peace and a selection of Bob Read stories.

    • In 1981, Bill appeared in a Radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings as Sam Gamgee.

    • Bill's parents were Alfred Martin Nighy and Catherine Josephine Whittaker.

    • Bill is a patron of the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

    • In 2007 Bill became an ambassador for Oxfam, and in 2008, he travelled to the G8 Summit in Tokyo to continue to raise awareness about conditions in poor countries.

    • Bill contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign (2008), which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity (The Neurofibromatosis Association).

    • Bill appeared in The Vertical Hour as Oliver Lucas on Broadway in 2006/2007, earning a Theatre World Award.

    • At the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, Bill won as Choice Movie Villain for his role as Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

    • He is an ambassador for charity organisation DebRA, and patron of the charity CP-FRIS Disabled Children's charity.

    • He turned down a role in the British Tv series Coronation Street.

    • At the age of 17, he left his home and ran away to Paris, where he thought he could write his novel. While he was there, he never wrote a word.

    • He used to be an alcoholic and drug addict. He stopped taking alcohol and drugs on May 17, 1992.

    • He left school at the age of fifteen.

    • His height is 6' 2" (1.88 m.)

    • Awards

      Theatre Awards
      Barclays Theatre Award for Best Stage Actor for Skylight (1996) (Won).
      Olivier Award for Best Stage Actor for Blue/Orange (2001) (Nomination).

      BAFTA Film Awards
      Best Supporting Actor for Love Actually (2004) (Won).

      BAFTA TV Awards
      Best Actor in a Television Drama for State of Play (2004) (Won).

      BIFA Awards
      Best Actor for Lawless Heart (2002) (Nomination).
      Best Supporting Actor for The Constant Gardener (2005) (Nomination). Broadcast Film Critics Choice
      Best Ensemble Cast for Love Actually (2003) (Nomination).

      Broadcasting Press Guild
      Best Actor in a Television Drama for State Of Play (2003) (Won).
      Best Actor for The Lost Prince (2003) (Won).
      Best Actor in a TV film for The Young Visiters (2003) (Won). Evening Standard Awards
      Best Comedy Performance for Still Crazy (1998) (Won).
      Peter Sellars Award for Best Comedy Performance for Love Actually (2004) (Won).

      Golden Globes
      Best Song for The Flame Still Burns from Still Crazy (1998) (Nomination).
      Best Film for Still Crazy (1998) (Nomination).
      Best Actor in a TV film or Mini-Series for The Girl in the Cafe (2006) (Nomination).
      Best Actor in a TV film or Mini-Series for Gideon's Daughter (2007) (Won). Golden Satellite
      Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Love Actually (2003) (Nomination).

      LA Critics Circle
      Best Supporting Actor for Lawless Heart (2002) (Won).
      Best Supportig Actor for I Capture the Castle (2004) (Won).
      Best Supporting Actor for Love Actually (2004) (Won). London Film Critics
      Best Supporting Actor for Lucky Break (2002) (Nomination).
      Best Supporting Actor for Love Actually (2004) (Won).

      Royal Television Society
      Best Actor for State Of Play (2004) (Nomination).

  • Quotes

    • (on playing Davy Jones in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, his appearance created by CGI)
      Bill Nighy: It's extraordinary when you see yourself like that. It's mad really. My face moves all the time with these tentacles because they are alive. Amazing. It's extraordinary because it's not like any other gig and when you start you sort of try and tune your head to you know, something where you are operating with a degree of taste and you try and keep the level and authentic and in human terms. And then you remember what you look like and all that goes out of the window really.

    • Bill Nighy: (on being famous) Most of the time, I just forget I'm supposed to be famous. I'll be standing in a shop and notice that someone is staring at me for longer than is strictly courteous. I think either my flies are undone or 'Do I know you?' You forget, because it's not on your screen - it's on other people's screens. But that sort of attention doesn't alter the way you are - if it did, it could drive you mad. People I meet are generally very cheerful towards me. No one has hit me, although you never know. Someone might come up to me and say, 'Jesus, not you again' before smacking me in the mouth. There's got to be someone out there who can't tolerate me.

    • (on "Love Actually")
      Bill Nighy: They have Love Actually parties now in America. Every Christmas the ladies in particular will open some wine and settle down to watch it all over again. Nothing could give me more pleasure than that.

    • Bill Nighy: I speculate to be sociable, but it's a very big deal for me that any work I do should be well received. As for how people generally perceive me, I don't know.

    • (on being sent back to England while he was living in Paris, at the request of his father)
      Bill Nighy: The British consul shipped me home for 25 quid and I had to pay my father back, he was a wee bit cross.

    • Bill Nighy: I wanted to be a journalist, I thought it was glamorous and that I'd meet beautiful women in the rain.

    • Bill Nighy: I sometimes think, give me a decent lounge suit please and let me sit in a chair and say philosophical things and look great. But you know there is not much call for that.

    • Bill Nighy: (Bill speaking of his co-star) Sam Rockwell is just the coolest man on the planet, and you would just kill yourself if he walked in the room, because he is always going to be cooler than you.

    • Bill Nighy: I never thought I would be an actor for very long, if at all. I was an average mess as a young man and I didn't really have a thought in my head worth reporting. I was a bit of a dreamer.

  • Can show emotion and an entire array of humman expressions through tone alone.

    Nighy's voice inflections, use of tone as well as volume bring his characters to life in a way that makes the other characters seem almost shallow. One example is as Davie Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The fact that his character’s face is not entirely human and yet Nighy still can convey an entire range of emotions with ease and precision is amazing. My favorite scene is the one where Jones and the two Turners are playing dice. The vocal sarcasm and tone differences in the scene make it one of the best of the movie. My other favorite scene is where the viewer is first introduced to Jones as you examine the survivors and Will on the boat. Again, his soft spoken and carefully chosen words completely set the mood for that entire scene.moreless
  • Bill Nighy is a personal favorite of mine.

    I have seen several movies with Bill Nighy and he never disappoints me. He can play drama, comedy and horror and the classics as well. I still giggle everytime I watch Love Actually because his Billy Mack character was brilliant and had the best lines of the whole movie. I thought his portrayal as Victor the head vampire in Underworld was a strong and convincing villian as well. He seems a bit quirky, yet so endearing. The HBO film, Girl in the cafe with him as a boring G8 summit worker was beautifully played and showed another side of his great talent. He is now finally getting his due in the USA by his co-starring in the Pirates of the Carribean movies, playing a squid faced Davey Jones, but the CGI and make-up cannot hide his great facial expressions and those bright blue eyes which light up the character. Cheers Billy and keep acting and I will keep watching you!moreless