'Salting the Battlefield': Is Bill Nighy Still One of Britain's Best Actors?

Salting the Battlefield, the British drama written by Sir David Hare, concluded the Worricker triology on Thursday evening (March 27, 2014) in a remarkable series that has seen Bill Nighy lead a phenomenal cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Rupert Graves, Ralph Fiennes.

Bill Nighy Salting the BattlefieldBill Nighy in 'Salting the Battlefield'

The third part of Hare's Worricker trilogy focused on Nighy's Bill Worricker - a disillusioned MI5 agent - and fellow ex-agent Margot (Carter) trying to his give his boss the slip in Germany, with a trail of subterfuge leading right back to Downing Street.

"...at the centre of it all, Bill Nighy, who somehow manages to move from comedy to serious political drama like this with the same deceptively effortless charm. How does he manage it, without it even looking like he's acting?" wrote Caroline Frost on the Huffington Post, "While some actors are accused of trying too hard, or 'chewing the scenery', benevolent Bill appears to be hardly having a nibble, and yet he can carry us through big, serious themes - state abuse of power, ministerial corruption, control of misinformation, all the usual - with the lightest of touches. Bravo."

Bill Nighy Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter [L] and Bill Nighty [R] in 'Salting the Battlfield'

"Bill Nighy was perfect in the role of the maverick MI5 agent Worricker," wrote the Blackmore Vale magazine.

"Salting the Battlefield really proved that it was a great spy drama as it proved that no character was really who they first appeared to be," said UnrealityTV, "But, as with the prior two instalments, Salting the Battlefield was really a showcase for Nighy, who shone bright as the dashingly suave Worricker. I found Nighy highly captivating throughout Salting the Battlefield and I definitely felt that it's the best he's been as the disgraced spy."

Bill Nighy recently wrapped comedy sequel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 with Maggie Smith and Richard Gere. The movie is set for release on March 6, 2015.

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