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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

The 81st Annual Drama League Awards - Arrivals

Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy - The 81st Annual Drama League Awards and Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis at Marriot Marquis Times Square, Drama League Awards, New York Marriott Marquis - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 15th May 2015

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Video - Lee Daniels Joins Arrivals At China-Themed 2015 Met Gala - Part 4


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.

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Meet the 2015 Tony Nominees Reception Arrivals

Bill Nighy - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the Meet the 2015 Tony Nominees reception which was held at the Paramount Hotel in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 29th April 2015

Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard
Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard
Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard
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Video - Helen Mirren Was A Picture Of Elegance At 2015 Tony Nominees Reception - Part 2


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.

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Kristin Chenoweth And Alan Cumming Revealed As Hosts For 2015 Tony Awards, As Nominees Are Announced


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‘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 CummingAlan 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.

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Skylight Media Day

Bill Nighy - Media day for Broadway play Skylight held at the Golden Theatre. at Golden Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th March 2015

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Bill Nighy
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'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Unites Original Starry Cast With Richard Gere


Richard Gere Judi Dench Maggie Smith Bill Nighy Celia Imrie Dev Patel Penelope Wilton

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 and Lillette Dubey in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
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!"

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review


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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 Expresses Concern At 'Dad's Army' Movie Reception


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Veteran British actor Bill Nighy is set to star in next year’s movie adaptation of legendary comedy ‘Dad’s Army’, but he’s apparently worried that fans of the original series will hate the resulting film.

Nighy was interviewed by British newspaper The Times and revealed that he had been plagued with worries during the filming of his part, which began in Yorkshire in October last year. He plays the part of Sergeant Arthur Wilson, the role originally occupied by John Le Mesurier, alongside Toby Jones’s portrayal of Captain Mainwaring.

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Bill Nighy is set to feature in next year's 'Dad's Army' movie

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4 Early Eddie Redmayne Films You Definitely Need To See


Eddie Redmayne Stephen Hawking Julianne Moore Sean Bean Kimberley Nixon David Tennant Juno Temple Christopher Lee Bill Nighy

Eddie Redmayne caused no surprise when he landed the award for Best Actor at the 2015 Oscars, following his role as a young Stephen Hawking in his epic biopic 'The Theory Of Everything' which had already won him a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

Eddie Redmayne at the 2015 Oscars
Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor

It was a foreseeable win, and one that Hawking himself has admitted he's very proud of for Redmayne. We were, of course, already aware of his extraordinary talents before he was cast in the movie, following appearances in 'Les Miserables' and 'My Week With Marilyn', but even before then he was gluing people to screens with his early performances. These are four movies starring Eddie Redmayne that you probably haven't seen, but definitely should:

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At 80 Retirement Is "The Rudest Word In The Dictionary" For Dame Judi Dench


Judi Dench Maggie Smith Bill Nighy Richard Gere

Dame Judi Dench has described “retirement” as “the rudest word in the dictionary”, as she promotes her latest film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Speaking to The Telegraph, the 80 year also revealed she doesn't allow the word “old” to be used in her house and as for “vintage”, well that’s on the banned list too.

Judi DenchJudi Dench in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“I don't want any of those old words,” the actress told the newspaper. “I like 'enthusiastic' and I like the word 'cut' because that means you've finished the shot.”

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Celebrities support National Doodle Day

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

'Dad's Army' films in Bridlington, Yorkshire

Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Sarah Lancashire and Emily Atack - Bridlington, Yorkshire transforms into Walmington-on-Sea for the filming of the feature film 'Dad's Army,' slated for release in 2015 at Old Town - Bridlington, Yorkshire, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th November 2014

Tom Courtney, Toby Jones and Bill Nighy
Tom Courtney, Toby Jones, Bill Nighy and Atmosphere
Oliver Parker, Toby Jones and Bill Nighy
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Catherine Zeta Jones, Bill Nighy for Big Screen Version of 'Dad's Army'


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Oliver Parker is to direct a British cast in a feature film adaptation of the popular comedy Dad's Army. Universal Pictures have picked up the movie, which will star Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Harry Potter star Toby Jones.

Catherine Zeta JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones will star in a movie adaptation of 'Dad's Army'

The feature film is being written by Hamish McColl, who penned Mr. Bean's Holiday and Johnny English Reborn, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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pride reviews


Bill Nighy Imelda Staunton

After taking Cannes by storm and picking up a few awards in the process, the true comedy-drama Pride has already joined the ranks of beloved British crowd-pleasers, even though it's only opening in UK cinemas this weekend. In addition to the accolades it has already won, the film has a rare 100 percent positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics.

Pride

Pride joins a long history of British feel-good hits like Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, Brassed Off, Calendar Girls, Bend it Like Beckham and Kinky Boots. Plus of course the rousing movies that stormed the Oscars and walked off with Best Picture in the process: Chariots of Fire, Shakespeare in Love, Slumdog Millionaire and The King's Speech.

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