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Also Known As: William Francis Nighy Died:
Born: December 12, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: actor

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Despite decades on the British dramatic stage and in small, offbeat comedies, Bill Nighy remained one of England's best kept secrets until scene-stealing supporting roles in a number of mainstream American hits led to his remarkable success after the age of 50. Following his series role on the widely acclaimed British serial "State of Play" (BBC One, 2003), Nighy had his international breakthrough with his casting as the villainous Viktor in the "Underworld" horror-action series and earned critical acclaim for the spark he injected into "Love Actually" (2003) with his role of an aging rock star. His lean, elegant stature immediately found a niche in witty blockbusters like "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005), while his portrayal of the cephalopod Davy Jones in the second and third installments of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise (2006-07) introduced him to a wider audience. He delivered strong performances in historical dramas as well, namely "The Constant Gardner" (2005) and "Valkyrie" (2008), and displayed his lighter side in whimsical comedies like "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2012). Staying true to his roots as both a dramatic and comedic performer, Nighy managed to stay...

Despite decades on the British dramatic stage and in small, offbeat comedies, Bill Nighy remained one of England's best kept secrets until scene-stealing supporting roles in a number of mainstream American hits led to his remarkable success after the age of 50. Following his series role on the widely acclaimed British serial "State of Play" (BBC One, 2003), Nighy had his international breakthrough with his casting as the villainous Viktor in the "Underworld" horror-action series and earned critical acclaim for the spark he injected into "Love Actually" (2003) with his role of an aging rock star. His lean, elegant stature immediately found a niche in witty blockbusters like "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005), while his portrayal of the cephalopod Davy Jones in the second and third installments of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise (2006-07) introduced him to a wider audience. He delivered strong performances in historical dramas as well, namely "The Constant Gardner" (2005) and "Valkyrie" (2008), and displayed his lighter side in whimsical comedies like "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2012). Staying true to his roots as both a dramatic and comedic performer, Nighy managed to stay relevant to contemporary audiences on both sides of the Atlantic without sacrificing his stature as one of Britain's finest performers.

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 Total Recall (2012)
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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Rango (2011)
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1977:
Made London stage debut at the National Theatre in "Illuminatus!"
1980:
Made TV series debut on British sitcom "Agony"
1981:
Made feature film debut in Richard Marquand's "Eye of the Needle"
1983:
Had a small role as an ENT Doctor in Blake Edwards' "Curse of the Pink Panther"
1985:
Co-starred with John Shea in TV movie "Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil"
1989:
Starred as Barton in "The Phantom of the Opera"
1990:
Appeared opposite Raul Julia and Richard Harris in "Mack the Knife"
1991:
Played Prof. Mark Carleton on sexually-charged British series "The Men's Room"
1991:
Cast in London production of Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal"
1995:
Appeared in David Hare's London play "Skylight"
1998:
Co-starred with Stephen Rea and Billy Connolly in "Still Crazy"
2001:
Co-starred with Alan Rickman and Josh Hartnett, as Ray Roberts the reigning hairdressing champion in "Blow Dry"
2001:
Starred in Peter Cattaneo's "Lucky Break"
2003:
Played a burned-out rock star whose career gets rejuvenated by Christmas hit 'Love Is All Around Us' in ensemble romantic comedy "Love Actually," directed by Richard Curtis
2003:
Portrayed a vampire in Len Wiseman directed "Underworld"
2004:
Co-starred in thriller "Enduring Love"
2004:
Cast in zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead"
2005:
Appeared in Fernando Meirelles directed thriller "The Constant Gardener"
2005:
Co-starred with Kelly Macdonald in HBO movie "The Girl in the Cafe"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a TV movie
2006:
Reprised vampire role in Len Wiseman helmed sequel "Underworld: Evolution"
2006:
Played a public relations guru in BBC America's romantic drama "Gideon's Daughter"
2006:
Cast as Davey Jones in Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
2006:
Portrayed Oliver, a reclusive doctor hostile to the war in Iraq in David Hare's Broadway play "The Vertical Hour"
2006:
Played Cate Blanchett's husband in critically acclaimed "Notes on a Scandal"
2007:
Reprised role of Davy Jones for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
2008:
Co-starred opposite Tom Cruise in WWII thriller "Valkyrie"
2009:
Reprised role of Viktor for "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"
2009:
Played the ship's Captain Quentin in Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"
2010:
Cast as Rufus Scrimgeour for seventh and final installment of series "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; film released in two parts, Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011
2011:
Voiced Rattlesnake Jake in computer-animated comedy "Rango"
2011:
Voiced character of Grandsanta in animated feature "Arthur Christmas"
2012:
Replaced Paul Kynman in role of Hephaestus in fantasy adventure sequel "Wrath of the Titans"
2012:
Co-starred in ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
2013:
Played one-half of a two-headed giant in action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"
2013:
Featured in Richard Curtis' "About Time"
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Education

The John Fisher School: Purley , Surrey -
The Guildford School of Dance and Drama: Guildford , Surrey -

Notes

"It was," he recalls, "an amazing experience. There were 22 leading players and the set was like a vast rich man's caravan park, with all these expensive trailers with stars. I had the time of my life just wandering among them."---Nighy talks about working on "Love Actually" SAGA Magazine February 2004

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wife:
Diana Quick. Actress. Together since 1981; not actually married, but refers to her as his wife.

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daughter:
Mary Nighy. Mother is Diana Quick.

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