Bill Nighy


Personal Info

  • Birth Name: William Francis Nighy
  • Height: 6' 2" (1,88 m)


Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born on 12 December 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, as William Francis Nighy. He was welcomed by Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a Glasgow psychiatric nurse, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was born in England and ran a garage in Croydon. At school he graduated from high school with a Baccalaureate in English language and English literature and enjoyed reading, especially Ernest Hemingway. After graduating from high school he wanted to become a journalist, but did not have the necessary qualifications. Finally, he worked as an errand boy for Field magazine. He stayed in Paris for a while because he wanted to write “the great novel”, but he only managed to write the title. When he ran out of money, the British Consul sent him home. Nighy graduated from the Guildford School of Dance and Drama in London and has worked consistently on film, television and stage since then. Nighy is in fact best known to the international audience for his memorable appearance as pop singer Billy Mack… Liebe (2003), who won him a BAFTA award as best supporting actor. Nighy’s film productions include: Rose & Cassandra (2003), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis (2005), Der ewge G? rtner (2005), Tagebuch eines Skandals (2006), Hot Fuzz – Zwei abgewichste Profis (2007), Operation Walk? re – Das Stauffenberg-Attentat (2008) In the last few years, he has also contributed to Nighy’s film productions. With supportive twists in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012) and Total Recall: M? moires programm? es (2012), 2012 was a busy year for Nighy. There is also no sign of a slowdown, because Jack and the giants (2013), All a matter of time (2013) and I, Frankenstein (2014), are the next gigs. Nighy also has an active career on the small screen, starting with Agony (1979), and his first widely recognized role was in 1991 mini-series The Men’s Room (1991). He also made a habit of working with Harry Potter director David Yates on television: Murder on page one (2003), The Young Visiters (2003), G8 on cloud nine (2005) and Page 8 (2011). Nighy won a Golden Globe for his performance at Gideons Daughter (2005). Nighy began his career on stage and became famous for his work in numerous plays such as “The Vertical Hour”,”Pravda” and “The Vertical Hour”. “A map of the world,”Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia 1993, and David Hare’s skylight. In 2001 he received an Olivier Award nomination as best actor for his piece “Blue/Orange”. Bill’s partner was the actress Diana Quick (he asked her to marry him, but she said:”Don’t ask me again”; he called her his wife because everything else would have been too difficult). You have a daughter, Mary Nighy, who studies at university and is thinking about an acting career. She has already begun appearing in television and radio programmes.


Trailers & Videos


Trailer: The Limehouse Golem


Trailer: I, Frankenstein