12 december, 1949
Born on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. After trying his hand at a number of jobs, including journalism, Nighy wound up training at Guildford School of Dance and Drama in London, and has since then worked consistently in film, television, and on stage.
Nighy is perhaps best-known to international audiences for his memorable performance as washed-up pop singer Billy Mack in Love Actually (2003), which won him a BAFTA for best supporting actor. He has also made appearances in major franchises: he played vampire leader Viktor in Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006) and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), did the performance capture and voice for Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), and made a brief appearance as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).
Nighy's recent film credits include roles in I Capture the Castle (2003), Shaun of the Dead (2004), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), The Constant Gardener (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Hot Fuzz (2007), Valkyrie (2008) and The Boat That Rocked (2009). He has also provided voice work for many animated movies in the past few years including Flushed Away (2006), Astro Boy (2009), Rango (2011) and Arthur Christmas (2011).
With supporting turns in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012) and Total Recall (2012), 2012 was a busy year for Nighy. There are no signs of slowing down either, as he will next been seen in I, Frankenstein (2014), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) and About Time (2013/I).
Nighy has also had an active career on the small screen, beginning with "Agony" (1979), and his first widely-recognized role was in 1991 mini-series "The Men's Room" (1991). He has also made a habit of working on television with Harry Potter director David Yates: projects together include "State of Play" (2003), The Young Visiters (2003) (TV), The Girl in the Café (2005) (TV) and Page Eight (2011) (TV). Nighy won a Golden Globe for his performance in Gideon's Daughter (2005) (TV).
Nighy actually began his career on the stage, and has earned acclaim for his work in numerous plays including "The Vertical Hour," "Pravda" and "A Map of the World." He received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in 2001 play "Blue/Orange."
Nighy has one daughter with long-time partner Diana Quick.