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Bill Nighy

Actor Date of birth 12th December 1949
Place of birth Caterham, Surrey, England
Year of debut 1980
First feature film Little Lord Fauntleroy

Awards

  • BAFTA Awards won1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated1
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Biography

Bill Nighy's mother was a nurse and his father owned a garage. When he left school, he worked as a messenger at a magazine. He wanted to become a journalist but ended up in Paris, trying and failing to write a novel. He returned home and studied at The Guildford School of Dance and Drama. He has gone on to have an eclectic career working on stage, screen and radio. He is well known for supporting roles in movies such as Shaun Of The Dead and Love Actually.

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Bill Nighy's films

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Packshot for the film About Time
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
118 Mins
Released
2013

When a man discovers he can travel in time, he decides to use his power to win the girl of his dreams (Rachel McAdams). Contains infrequent strong language and sex references.

Rent for £3.99
Packshot for the film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
145 Mins
Released
2006

Action adventure starring Johnny Depp as pirate Jack Sparrow. Co starring Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Contains moderate horror and action-adventure violence.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
162 Mins
Released
2007

Pirate adventure starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. Moderate horror and action-adventure violence.

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Packshot for the film Love Actually
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
134 Mins
Released
2003

Romantic comedy directed by Richard Curtis and starring Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and Colin Firth. Sex scenes and strong language

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Packshot for the film Hot Fuzz
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
116 Mins
Released
2007

A London cop (Simon Pegg) is relocated to a small village. With Nick Frost and Jim Broadbent. Very strong language and strong comic bloody violence.

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Packshot for the film G-Force
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
85 Mins
Released
2009

A group of highly trained guinea pigs go on a secret mission. With the voices of Sam Rockwell, Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau and Penelope Cruz. Contains mild action violence and threat

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Packshot for the film Rango
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
102 Mins
Released
2011

Animated. A pet lizard (Johnny Depp) is forced to save Dirt, a wild west town. Rough & rude, with mild language and smoking.

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Packshot for the film Shaun Of The Dead
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
88 Mins
Released
2004

Directed by Edgar Wright. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost must survive a zombie outbreak. With Bill Nighy. Strong language, gruesome wound detail and bloody, comedic violence.

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Packshot for the film The Boat That Rocked
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
129 Mins
Released
2009

Brit comedy about the pirate radio boom of the 1960s. Stars Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Strong language and moderate sex references.

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Packshot for the film Astro Boy
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
91 Mins
Released
2010

Animation about a scientist (Nicolas Cage) who creates a robot boy with super powers. Co starring Bill Nighy. Contains mild fantasy violence.

Rent for £2.49

Did you know?

  • Bill Nighy suffers from Dupuytren's contracture. It is a condition which causes certain fingers to be permanently bent inwards towards the palm.
  • His song, Christmas Is All Around, from Love Actually reached number 26 on the UK music charts.
  • He played the part of Sam Gangee in the original BBC radio production of The Lord Of The Rings, alongside Ian Holm. When director Peter Jackson made his movie version, he gave the radio recording to members of his cast who hadn't read the book.
  • His daughter, Mary Nighy, is also an actress. Her movies include Tormented and Marie Antoinette.
  • He is a huge fan of The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. He also supports Crystal Palace Football Club.

Awards

  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 2003 Actor in a Supporting Role - Love Actually
  • 1 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2003 Actor in a Supporting Role - Love Actually