Bill Nighy (born William Francis Nighy, December 12th 1949)
Bill Nighy is an English actor best known for his role in 2003 rom com 'Love Actually'.
Childhood: Bill Nighy was born in Caterham, Surrey. His parents were Catherine Josephine Nighy, a psychiatric nurse, and Alfred Martin Nighy, a car garage manager and former chimney sweep. He was brought up in a Roman Catholic household and was an altar boy. He attended Roman Catholic grammar school the John Fisher School in Purley and joined the school theatre group. He gained two O-levels and worked for the Croydon Advertiser before training at the Guildford School of Dance and Drama.
Acting career: Bill Nighy started out his acting career on stage, working at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and appearing at the National Theatre in Ken Campbell and Chris Langham's show 'Illuminatus!'. He also made appearances in TV shows such as 'Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil' opposite John Shea and Tony Randall. In 1991, he starred in BBC mini-series 'The Men's Room' with Amanda Redman and Harriet Walter. He made some highly acclaimed National Theatre appearances including in Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia' in 1993 opposite Felicity Kendal, and in Joe Penhall's 'Blue/Orange' in 2000 which landed him an Olivier Award nomination. In 1998, he played rock star Ray Simms in the movie 'Still Crazy' alongside Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail. The following year he had a starring in an episode of BBC comedy series 'People Like Us' which also starred Chris Langham. In 2002, he made an appearance in the return of 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' with Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail and Tim Healy. 2003 saw him in the thriller 'State of Play' opposite James McAvoy, Philip Glenister, Marc Warren, and John Simm which won him a BAFTA for Best Actor; as well as 'Underworld' with Kate Beckinsale, and 'Love Actually' with Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Liam Neeson and Martin Freeman which won him his second BAFTA. In 2004, he appeared in costume drama 'He Knew He Was Right' and appeared in the comedy 'Shaun of the Dead' opposite Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The following year he played Slartibartfast in the film adaptation of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' with Martin Freeman and Alan Rickman. 2006 was a busy year seeing him in the drama 'Gideon's Daughter' opposite Miranda Richardson which won him a Golden Globe, in his debut Broadway show Sam Mendes' 'The Vertical Hour' with Julianne Moore, as Davy Jones in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom and in 'Notes on a Scandal' with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. In 2008, he appeared in 'Valkyrie' with Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh. The following year he was in 'Wild Target' alongside Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint. In 2010, he played Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. 2012 saw him in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' with Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson, 'Wrath of the Titans' with Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes and 'Total Recall' with Colin Farrell.
Personal life: Bill Nighy separated from his partner of 27 years Diana Quick in 2008. The two have one daughter, Mary Nighy. He is the Patron of the CPFRIS (Crystal Palace F.C. Fast Results & Information Service) Disabled Children's Club and the Ann Craft Trust. He has Dupuytren's contracture, where his little and ring finger are bent towards his palm.
It's the early 1940s and World War II is in full swing. Bombs are raining down on London in the Blitzkrieg threatening to tear the country in two, but the British are made of sturdier stuff. Catrin Cole is a writer who comes to realise that the absence of ambitious young men in the workplace due to recruitment into the army has opened a door for her. She is appointed by the film division of the Ministry of Information to write the supplementary women's dialogue of a new propaganda film about Dunkirk, however she is told that she'll get no screen credit and won't be paid as much as her male counterparts. She goes one step further and writes the whole script, impressing all involved if leaving them a little indignant. Plus, she finds an unlikely ally in an aging film star named Ambrose Hilliard, who longs for the days he had major roles.
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The beloved 1970s British sit-com gets the big screen treatment, although there's been very little attempt to do anything clever with it aside from A-list casting. There are some terrific gags in Hamish McColl's script, but director Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) fails to find the comical potential in the material. So the film feels clumsy and muted, which is certainly not going to attract a new generation of fans to the premise.
It's 1944 in the small village of Walmington on the southern English coast, where the men who were unfit to serve in the regular army have volunteered for the Home Guard when they're not working their normal jobs. The platoon's captain is bank manager Mainwaring (Toby Jones), who leads a ragtag group of retirees (Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Bill Paterson) and younger army rejects (Daniel Mays and Blake Harrison) through a series of exercises along the seaside cliffs. They've been tipped off that there's a Nazi spy in the area, but they're all so smitten by the curvy visiting journalist Rose (Catherine Zeta-Jones) that they fail to notice that she's up to something nefarious.
The material is ripe for political-edged comedy, which the script touches on in between the relentless double entendre. And the cast is definitely up for it, delivering solid performances that bring out character details while playing up the goofy interaction between them. But Parker leaves them looking adrift on-screen, never cranking up either a sense of pace or a spark of life. Each set-piece falls utterly flat, starting with the movie's opening scene in which the gang is chased around afield by a supposedly angry bull. And everything that follows feels half-hearted, which means that the Carry On-style innuendo, physical slapstick and nutty action all fall flat.
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Everybody's favourite British regiment is back in the new version of Dad's Army. Director Oliver Parker has recruited the much loved classic British TV Show with the help of some of the UK's best known actors. Like the TV show, the movie is set in 1944 and World War II is almost at its peak. The Home Guard is patrolling the streets of Walmington-on-Sea and their spirits are rather dampened by the thought of the imminent invasion. Their only light relief comes from a visit from a beautiful journalist going by the name of Rose Winters. Rose soon has all the men on their best behaviour and all the ladies of the town attempting to up their game. However it's soon 'back to work' for the men when they find out there's a spy living amidst the residents in their small seaside town.
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Norm is a polar bear frequently laughed at by his Arctic neighbours for his friendly disposition and inclination to hug rather than hunt. However, life becomes no laughing matter for the other polar bears, reindeer and orca that exist in their icy habitat when humans start visiting with cameras, boats. and plans to settle there. Norm is enlisted by a wise seagull to take to the city, flanked by three invincible lemming cohorts, to persuade the mastermind behind the new housing plans of Greene Homes that he really doesn't want to build on the chilly retreat, but unwittingly becomes his furry mascot. Norm does, however, meet a young girl who agrees to help publicize the issue, and save his family and friends. But if he ever wants to return to his own home, he's going to have to do some serious undercover research
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And they're back! The hilarious band of men that put their lives on the line for their country return in an all new adventure on the big screen. World War II is at its very peak during the 1940s and the Home Guard at Walmington-on-Sea are about to have an unusually eventful episode. Hours of patrolling the army base at Dover - trying to keep spirits up on the eve of the soldiers' impending journey to France to take on the Germans - are over for now, because UK intelligence have just uncovered a mysterious secret signal over the radio - apparently someone has been sending messages from Walmington to Berlin, and now nobody can be trusted. The Home Guard aid the mission to uncover the spy - though nobody dares put too much faith in this bumbling lot.
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Film director Lee Daniels was among arrivals at the 2015 Met Gala. He was snapped leaving the Mark Hotel in New York ahead of the event, alongside a host of other celebrities who were adhering to the theme of China: Through The Looking Glass.
Helen Mirren, who plays the Queen yet again in the speculative Broadway (and West End!) play 'The Audience', looked elegant as always as she was snapped arriving at the 2015 Tony Nominees Reception at the Paramount Hotel in New York. The veteran actress has been nominated for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Play.
The awards will take place on June 7 from Radio City Music Hall and will air live on CBS.
‘The Good Wife’s’ Alan Cumming and actress Kristin Chenoweth have been announced as the hosts of the 2015 Tony Awards, which take place on June 7th. The pair are no strangers to the Tonys, having both picked up awards in previous years.
Alan Cumming will host the Tony Awards alongside Kristin Chenoweth.
Cumming won a Best Actor in a Musical Award for his performance in Cabaret at the 1998 Tonys, while Chenoweth won Best Featured Actress in a Musical a year later in 1999, for You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Chenoweth was also nominated for Best Actress in a Musical in 2004 for her role as the original Glinda in Wicked.
Judi Dench and Bill Nighy appeared to have a lot of fun during their set adventures.
After The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel earned nearly $140 million on its release in 2012, the all-star cast and crew were keen to reassemble for a sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel hits UK cinemas this weekend and arrives in America next week, adding Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg to a cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel and Penelope Wilton.
Richard Gere is a newcomer in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
For Nighy, the biggest fear during filming was "killing the national treasure that is Dame Judi" while filming a sequence on a scooter. "This is the second time I've been on a motorcycle - the first was the first movie - and it's probably the last," he laughed. "That's enough for my motorcycling career!"
A badly under-developed script leaves a fine cast without much to do in this sequel to the 2012 hit. Reuniting in India, the actors find moments of comedy and emotion that help make the film watchable, and the big Bollywood-style finale leaves the audience with a smile on its face. But the simplistic plot-threads never amount to much at all, which leaves the project feeling like a missed opportunity to deepen the characters and push the premise in more interesting directions.
Business at the hotel in Jaipur is booming, so managers Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie Smith) are looking for investors to expand into a second property. But this distracts Sonny from his upcoming wedding to Sunaina (Tena Desae), and she's not too happy about that. There are also two new guests (Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg) who may be important. Meanwhile, Evelyn (Judi Dench) is offered a new job just as she realises she might like to pursue a relationship with Douglas (Bill Nighy), whose ex-wife (Penelope Wilton) turns up unexpectedly. Madge (Celia Imrie) is struggling to choose between her many suitors. And Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are having relationship issues due to their lack of communication.
All of these momentous plots, and a few more, swirl around over the course of about a week, which means that none ever has a chance to develop. It also means that the characters are all so busy with their own stories that they don't interact very much, and what contact they do have feels rather contrived. As a result, the film feels like an awkward mix of disconnected slapstick, farce and melodrama. That said, these high-powered actors can hold together even the flimsiest scene. Dench and Nighy generate some lovely emotional resonance in their contrived storyline, while Smith finds some quiet pathos in Muriel's own journey, even if the filmmakers seem to have forgotten to hire someone to do her costumes, hair and make-up.
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Bill Nighy - Bill Nighy, Grayson Perry, Lorraine Kelly, Sir Michael Parkinson, Jessica Hynes and Julian Fellowes are among stars supporting Epilepsy Action's National Doodle Day on 6th February 2015. Their sketches, along with dozens more, will be part of a ten day eBay auction, with all proceeds going towards supporting the 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK. Fundraising Manager at Epilepsy Action, Philippa Cartwright, said 'Every year we're overwhelmed by support from celebrities and always look forward to seeing the variety and creativity of the doodles they send in'. - United Kingdom - Monday 26th January 2015
Date of birth
12th December, 1949
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