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'.
Bill Nighy: 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.
Bill Nighy: 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.
Bill Nighy: 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.