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Bill Nighy

Highest Rated:   100% Antonia & Jane (1991)
Lowest Rated:   5% I, Frankenstein (2014)
Birthplace:   Caterham, Surrey, England, UK
BAFTA-winning veteran actor Bill Nighy gained international recognition in 2003 thanks to his role as a Keith Richards-esque former rock star in the hit romantic comedy Love Actually. Nighy had remained a relatively obscure figure even in his native England until a memorable turn as a controversial politician in series three of the acclaimed television comedy drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet found him finally thrust into the spotlight in 2002. A Caterham, Surrey native, Nighy excelled in English language and literature early on; however, even though his journalistic instincts were strong, his lack of education prevented him from a career in the media. Work as a bike messenger for Field Magazine helped the aspiring writer keep his toes in the business, and a suggestion by his girlfriend that Nighy try his hand at acting eventually prompted him to enroll in the Guildford School of Dance and Drama. As the gears began to turn and his career as an actor started to gain momentum, Nighy was encouraged to stick with the craft after landing a series of small roles. Though British television provided Nighy with most of his early exposure, supporting roles in such features as Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) and The Phantom of the Opera (1989) found the actor honing his skills and laying the groundwork for future feature success. Though Nighy stuck almost exclusively to the small screen in the early '90s, his supporting role in the 1993 Robin Williams film Being Human seemed to mark the beginning of a new stage in his career, focusing mainly on features. A part in the 1997 film Fairy Tale: A True Story found Nighy climbing the credits, and the following year he joined an impressive cast including Timothy Spall, Stephen Rea, and Billy Connolly in the rock comedy Still Crazy. It was his role in Still Crazy that gained Nighy his widest recognition to date -- earning the up-and-coming actor the Peter Sellers Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy Performance. Nighy's role as a conflicted husband who embarks on a heated extramarital affair in 2001's Lawless Heart continued his impressive career trajectory, and later that same year he would land a role in The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo's jailbreak comedy Lucky Break. A role in the long-running U.K. television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet finally found Nighy earning some deserved recognition in 2002, and after a winning performance as the patriarch of an eccentric family in I Capture the Castle (2003), he continued to earned even more accolades for his performance in Love Actually. His part as an ancient vampire in the gothic action horror hit Underworld found Nighy's recognition factor rising for mainstream audiences on the other side of the pond, and before jetting into the future with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 2005, the increasingly busy actor would appear in three feature films in 2004, including the horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, Doogal, and Enduring Love. By the time Nighy received an Emmy nomination for his role as a loved-starved civil servant falling for an enigmatic younger woman in the 2005 made-for-television romantic comedy-drama The Girl in the Café, television fans in both the U.S. and the U.K. knew well of Nighy's impressive range as an actor. Yet another small-screen role in that same year's Gideon's Daughter allowed Nighy a chance to play a serious role once again. Playing a burned-out PR agent who is forced to reevaluate his life when his adult daughter threatens to cease all contact with him, Nighy gave a performance that moved critics and audiences alike, later earning him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie. Soon the actor was venturing into lands of fantasy once again, however, reprising his role as Viktor in Underworld: Evolution, and taking to the high seas as the legendary squid-faced sailor Davy Jones (captain of the Flying Dutchman) in director Gore Verbinski's big-budget summer extravaganza Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's


Highest Rated Movies



82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score)
  • Executive Producer
64% Hope Gap
  • Edward
87% Emma.
  • Mr. Woodhouse
17% The Kindness of Strangers
  • Timofey
61% Minamata
  • Robert Hayes
67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  • Howard Clifford
50% StarDog and TurboCat
  • Actor
56% The Bookshop
  • Mr. Brundish
74% The Limehouse Golem
  • John Kildare
90% Their Finest
  • Ambrose Hilliard / Uncle Frank
$3.6M 2017
No Score Yet Red Nose Day Actually
  • Actor
31% Dad's Army
  • Sergeant Wilson
$4.7M 2016
7% Norm of the North
  • Socrate
$12.4M 2016
65% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Douglas Ainslie
$39M 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos
  • Johnny Worricker
  • Executive Producer
91% Pride
  • Cliff
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Skylight
  • Actor
5% I, Frankenstein
  • Naberius
$15.7M 2014
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield
  • Johnny Worricker
69% About Time
  • Tim's Father
$18.5M 2013
89% London: The Modern Babylon
  • Actor
52% Jack the Giant Slayer
  • General Fallon
$65.2M 2013
No Score Yet Great White Shark 3D
  • Actor
31% Total Recall
  • Mathias
$58.9M 2012
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Douglas Ainslie
$46.4M 2012
26% Wrath of the Titans
  • Hephaestus
$83.7M 2012
No Score Yet Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene
  • Graham Greene
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Grandsanta
$46.5M 2011
77% Chalet Girl
  • Richard
$1.7k 2011
93% Page Eight
  • Executive Producer
  • Johnny Worricker
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Rufus Scrimgeour
$381.1M 2011
88% Rango
  • Rattlesnake Jake
$123.2M 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Rufus Scrimgeour
$295M 2010
33% Wild Target
  • Victor Maynard
$0.2M 2010
44% Glorious 39
  • Sir Alexander Keyes
59% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
  • Quentin
$8.1M 2009
50% Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
  • Dr. Elefun/Robotsky
$19.6M 2009
22% G-Force
  • Saber
$119.5M 2009
29% Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  • Viktor
$45.9M 2009
62% Valkyrie
  • General Friedrich Olbricht
$83M 2008
No Score Yet The Little Fox 2 (Kis vuk)
  • Actor
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
  • Davy Jones
$309.5M 2007
91% Hot Fuzz
  • Metropolitan Chief Inspector Kenneth
$23.7M 2007
87% Notes on a Scandal
  • Richard Hart
$17.4M 2006
73% Flushed Away
  • Whitey
$64.5M 2006
35% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
  • Alan Blunt
$0.6M 2006
53% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Davy Jones
$423.1M 2006
8% Doogal
  • Dylan (UK)
$7.4M 2006
17% Underworld: Evolution
  • Viktor
$62.4M 2006
No Score Yet Gideon's Daughter
  • Gideon Warner
84% The Constant Gardener
  • Sir Bernard Pellegrin
$33.6M 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Slartibartfast
$51.1M 2005
60% The Magic Roundabout (Doogal)
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Girl in the Café (The Girl in the Cafe)
  • Lawrence
59% Enduring Love
  • Robin
$0.4M 2004
92% Shaun of the Dead
  • Philip
$13.5M 2004
No Score Yet He Knew He Was Right
  • Colonel Osborne
No Score Yet The Young Visiters
  • Earl of Clincham
64% Love Actually
  • Billy Mack
$59.4M 2003
31% Underworld
  • Viktor
$51.5M 2003
79% I Capture the Castle
  • James Mortmain
$1M 2003
71% The Lost Prince
  • Actor
87% Lawless Heart
  • Dan
48% Lucky Break
  • Roger
58% AKA
  • Actor
No Score Yet Guest House Paradiso
  • Johnson
19% Blow Dry
  • Ray
73% Still Crazy
  • Ray Simms
57% Fairy Tale: A True Story
  • E.L. Gardner
83% Alive and Kicking
  • Tristan
54% Being Human
  • Julian
100% Antonia & Jane
  • Howard
20% Mack the Knife
  • Tiger Brown
38% The Phantom of the Opera
  • Barton
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Thirteen at Dinner'
  • Ronald Marsh
No Score Yet Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil
  • Helmut Hoffmann
71% The Little Drummer Girl
  • Al
31% Curse of the Pink Panther
  • ENT Doctor
82% Eye of the Needle
  • Squadron Leader Blenkinsop


94% Ordeal by Innocence
  • Leo Argyll
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • Producer
  • Colonel Osborne Johnny Worricker Lord Stamfordham
  • Executive Producer
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2013
100% State of Play
  • Cameron Foster
  • 2004
No Score Yet Mystery!
  • Alan Lockwood
  • 2003
No Score Yet Meerkat Manor
  • Actor
  • Narrator

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