STARmeter
Top 5000
Up 189 this week

Bill Nighy


Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon. At school, he gained 'O'-levels in English Language and ... See full bio »

Sterling K. Brown Enjoying Time in the Spotlight

2017 Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown ("This Is Us"), along with wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, talks to IMDb about his success with yet another critically acclaimed series and how he prepares an acceptance speech.

Watch the video

Favorite Emmy Photos of All Time

From the glamorous to the goofy, take a look at some unforgettable photos from past Emmy Awards.

See unforgettable Emmy photos

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

On Amazon Video

Watch on TV

Projects In Development

Details only on IMDbPro »

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 people
created 28 Dec 2011
 
a list of 33 people
created 09 Sep 2014
 
a list of 30 people
created 16 Jan 2015
 
a list of 40 people
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 40 people
created 3 months ago
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb


How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Bill Nighy's work have you seen?

User Polls

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Love Actually
Love Actually Billy Mack
(2003)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
(2010)
Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz Met Chief Inspector
(2007)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Actor (137 credits)
 2017 Ordeal by Innocence (TV Mini-Series) (post-production)
Leo Argyll
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... Leo Argyll
 2017 The Bookshop (post-production)
Mr. Brundish
 2017 Payne & Redemption (filming)
Coroner (rumored)
 2017 Destiny 2 (Video Game)
The Speaker (voice)
 2017 Red Nose Day Actually (TV Short)
Billy Mack
 2016 Destiny: Rise of Iron (Video Game)
The Speaker
 2016 The Limehouse Golem
John Kildare
 2016 Norm of the North
Socrates (voice)
 2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 (Video Game)
Davy Jones (voice)
 2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (Video Game)
Davy Jones (voice)
 2014 Destiny (Video Game)
The Speaker (voice)
 2014 Skylight
Tom Sergeant
 2014/I Pride
Cliff
 2014 Elder Scrolls Online (Video Game)
High King Emeric (voice)
 2014 Turks & Caicos (TV Movie)
Johnny Worricker
 2014 I, Frankenstein
Naberius
 2013 Disney Infinity (Video Game)
Davy Jones (voice)
 2013 The World's End
The Network (voice)
 2013/I About Time
Dad
 2013 The Hungry Corpse (Short)
The Corpse
 2011 Arthur Christmas
Grandsanta (voice)
 2011 Astonish Me (Short)
The Professor
 2011 The Man with the Stolen Heart (Short) (voice)
 2011 Page Eight (TV Movie)
Johnny Worricker
 2011 Rango
Rattlesnake Jake (voice)
 2010 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Dr. Black
- Vincent and the Doctor (2010) ... Dr. Black (uncredited)
 2010 The RRF in New Recruit (Video short)
Robotsky (voice)
 2009 10 Minute Tales (TV Series)
Mr Jellaby
- Statuesque (2009) ... Mr Jellaby
 2009 Astro Boy
Dr. Elefun / Robotsky (voice)
 2009 Glorious 39
Alexander
 2009 G-Force (Video Game)
Leonard Saber (voice)
 2009 G-Force
Saber
 2008 Slapper (Short)
Arnold Percy
 2008 A Fox's Tale
Ringmaster (voice)
 2006 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- The Great Robot Race (2006) ... Narrator
 2006 Flushed Away
Whitey (voice)
 2005 Gideon's Daughter (TV Movie)
Gideon Warner
 2005 The Girl in the Café (TV Movie)
Lawrence
 2005 Sprung! The Magic Roundabout
Dylan (English version, voice)
 2004 He Knew He Was Right (TV Mini-Series)
Colonel Osborne
- Part 3 (2004) ... Colonel Osborne
- Part 2 (2004) ... Colonel Osborne
- Part 1 (2004) ... Colonel Osborne
 2003 The Young Visiters (TV Movie)
Earl of Clincham
 2003 Canterbury Tales (TV Mini-Series)
James
- The Wife of Bath (2003) ... James
 2003 The Lost Prince (TV Movie)
Stamfordham
 2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series)
Lockwood
- Well Schooled in Murder (2002) ... Lockwood
 2002 AKA
Uncle Louis Gryffoyn
 2001 Lucky Break
Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain / King George III in Show
 2001 Lawless Heart
Dan
 2001 Blow Dry
Ray (Raymond) Robertson
 2000 Animated Tales of the World (TV Series)
Tiger
- A Story from Taiwan: Aunt Tiger ... Tiger (voice)
 1999-2000 Kiss Me Kate (TV Series)
Iain Cameron / Ian / Iain
- Christmas (2000) ... Iain Cameron
- Kate's Niece (2000) ... Ian
- Oh Brother! (2000) ... Iain
 1998-2000 The Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
The Merchant
- The Journey Back (2000) ... The Merchant (voice)
- Leaving London (1998) ... The Merchant (voice)
 2000 Black Books (TV Series)
Man at bar
- Manny's First Day (2000) ... Man at bar (uncredited)
 2000 Longitude (TV Movie)
Lord Sandwich
 2000 The Magic of Vincent (Short)
Peter Saunders
 1999 People Like Us (TV Series)
Will Rushmore
- The Photographer (1999) ... Will Rushmore
 1999 The Bass Player (Short)
Count Bibuloff
 1998 Still Crazy
Ray Simms
 1997 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
Giles Culpepper QC
- Ancient History (1997) ... Giles Culpepper QC
 1997 Insiders (TV Series)
Mark Gordon
- The VAT Man (1997) ... Mark Gordon
 1996 Testament: The Bible in Animation (TV Series)
Belshazzar
- Daniel (1996) ... Belshazzar (voice)
 1996 True Blue
Jeremy Saville
 1994 Wycliffe (TV Series)
David Cleeve
- The Four Jacks (1994) ... David Cleeve
 1994 Being Human
Julian
 1991-1993 Performance (TV Series)
Roger Maitland / Hugh Marriner
- The Maitlands (1993) ... Roger Maitland
- Absolute Hell (1991) ... Hugh Marriner
 1993 Peak Practice (TV Series)
Alan Sinclair
- Growing Pains (1993) ... Alan Sinclair
 1993 Eye of the Storm (TV Mini-Series)
Tom Frewen
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Tom Frewen
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Tom Frewen
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... Tom Frewen
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Tom Frewen
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Tom Frewen
 1993 Unnatural Causes (TV Movie)
Oliver Latham
 1992 A Masculine Ending (TV Movie)
John Tracey
 1992 Chillers (TV Series)
Tom Dickenson
- The Cat Brought It In (1992) ... Tom Dickenson
 1991 Bergerac (TV Series)
Barry
- All for Love (1991) ... Barry
 1991 Boon (TV Series)
Steve Reeves
- Pillow Talk (1991) ... Steve Reeves
 1990 TECX (TV Series)
Brill
- Writing on the Wall (1990) ... Brill
 1990 Screenplay (TV Series)
Howard Nash
- Antonia and Jane (1990) ... Howard Nash
 1990 Making News (TV Series)
Sam Courtney
- Yes, We Have No Secrets (1990) ... Sam Courtney
- Three Kinds of Poison (1990) ... Sam Courtney
- Line of Fire (1990) ... Sam Courtney
- Conspiracy (1990) ... Sam Courtney
- The Border Limo (1990) ... Sam Courtney
 1989 Storyboard (TV Series)
Sam
- Making News (1989) ... Sam
 1985 Thirteen at Dinner (TV Movie)
Ronald Marsh
 1985 Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (TV Movie)
Helmut Hoffmann
 1984 The Little Drummer Girl
Al (Theatre Company)
 1984 Crown Court (TV Series)
Lee Sinclair
- The Son of His Father: Part 1 (1984) ... Lee Sinclair
 1983 Reilly: Ace of Spies (TV Mini-Series)
Goschen
- The Visiting Fireman (1983) ... Goschen
 1983 Curse of the Pink Panther
ENT Doctor
 1983 Jemima Shore Investigates (TV Series)
David Cullen
- A Model Murder (1983) ... David Cullen
 1982 Play for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Connor Mullan
- Easter 2016 (1982) ... Connor Mullan
 1982 Minder (TV Series)
Oates
- Looking for Micky (1982) ... Oates
 1978-1982 Play for Today (TV Series)
Dave / William / Bill
- Under the Skin (1982) ... Dave
- Dreams of Leaving (1980) ... William
- Soldiers Talking Cleanly (1978) ... Bill
 1982 Waveband (Short) (as William Nighy)
 1981 Eye of the Needle
Squadron Leader Blenkinsop
 1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Bruno
- Standing in for Henry (1980) ... Bruno
 1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Movie)
Officer (uncredited)
 1980 Fox (TV Series)
Colin Street
- Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble (1980) ... Colin Street
 1980 Death Watch
Man in 'Harriet scene' (uncredited)
 1979 Premiere (TV Mini-Series)
Deasey
- Deasey (1979) ... Deasey
 1979 The Bitch
Flower Delivery Boy (uncredited)
 1976 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
Albert Blake
- Say It with Flowers (1976) ... Albert Blake
Show Show Soundtrack (6 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (66 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (12 credits)

Related Videos

Edit

Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe, Lyttelton, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Peter Shaffer's play, "Yonadab;" Tom Stoppard's play, "The Real Inspector Hound;" Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The Critic;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "A Chorus of Disapproval;" Howard Brenton and ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Interviews | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

William Nighy

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I am a world-class procrastinator. I'm only an actor because I've been putting off being a writer for 35 years. See more »

Trivia:

He has worked with three actors who have played Bilbo Baggins. In the BBC Radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo was played by John Le Mesurier, while Frodo was played by Ian Holm, who played Bilbo in Peter Jackson's films. Holm was later succeeded by Martin Freeman, whom Nighy has worked with several times: Love Actually (2003), Shaun of the Dead (2004), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... See more »

Trademark:

His gaunt, pale appearance

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

Contribute to This Page