Bill Nighy

Biography: Bill Nighy was born on December 1949 in Caterham. His father managed a garage and the family lived in a flat over the garage. Bill's mother worked as a psychiatric nurse. At school Bill gained two ‘o' levels in English Language and English Literature and enjoyed reading, particularly Earnest Hemingway. The writings of Hemingway inspired Bill to run away to Paris to write a novel. However, he admits that he got no further than drawing a margin on a page, as he used to do at school when beginning an essay. On leaving school Bill tried to work at the Croydon Advertiser, but didn't have the required 5 ‘o' levels to become a journalist. He went on to work as a messenger boy for the Field magazine. A girlfriend, already at drama College suggested that Bill should become an actor. She wrote an introductory letter for him, he auditioned and began to train at Guildford school of Dance and Drama. Since leaving college Bill has found continuous work as an actor. He has worked on stage, screen and radio. Bill thinks that radio is a very glamorous medium.

His stage work includes National Theatre Roles in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia in 1993 and David Hare's King Lear and Skylight. Most recently he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in Blue/Orange.

Film credits include Still Crazy for which he received the Peter Sellers Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy Performance and Lawless Heart for which he won Best Actor at the British Independent film awards.

Bill's partner is actress Diana Quick. They have a daughter Mary who is studying at university and contemplating an acting career. She has already began to appear on TV dramas and radio programmes.

Bill's hobbies include football, books and the music of the Rolling Stones. He was pleased to hear a rumour that the band plays a video of his film Still Crazy on their tour bus. He also enjoys playing air guitar and has said that The Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' is the best of all songs for this purpose.

Bill Nighy's Scores

Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 87 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Lowest Metascore: 30 I, Frankenstein
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
37 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
87 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Jul 15, 2011 Rufus Scrimgeour 8.1
82 The Constant Gardener Aug 31, 2005 Sir Bernard Pellegrin 6.9
81 Hot Fuzz Apr 20, 2007 Met Chief Inspector 8.6
81 The World's End Aug 23, 2013 The Network 7.6
80 Pride Sep 26, 2014 Cliff / Cliff 7.4
77 London - The Modern Babylon Jun 4, 2013 Cast tbd
75 Rango Mar 4, 2011 Rattlesnake Jake 7.3
75 Lawless Heart Feb 21, 2003 Dan 5.0
74 Flushed Away Nov 3, 2006 Whitey 6.6
73 Notes on a Scandal Dec 27, 2006 Richard Hart 7.9
69 Arthur Christmas Nov 23, 2011 Grandsanta 7.4
65 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Nov 19, 2010 Rufus Scrimgeour 7.5
64 AKA Dec 12, 2003 Uncle Louis Gryffoyn 2.7
63 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Apr 29, 2005 Slartibartfast 6.1
63 I Capture the Castle Jul 11, 2003 James Mortmain 8.5
62 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel May 4, 2012 Cast / Douglas Ainslie 7.7
61 Enduring Love Oct 29, 2004 Robin 9.0
58 Pirate Radio Nov 13, 2009 Quentin 6.3
56 Valkyrie Dec 25, 2008 General Friedrich Olbricht 6.1
55 About Time Nov 1, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Dad 8.3
55 Love Actually Nov 7, 2003 Billy Mack 7.9
53 Astro Boy Oct 23, 2009 Dr. Elefun/Robotsky 6.0
53 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Jul 7, 2006 Davy Jones 6.9
51 Jack the Giant Slayer Mar 1, 2013 Fallon / General Fallon 6.2
50 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End May 25, 2007 Davy Jones 5.9
48 Lucky Break Apr 5, 2002 Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain/King George III In Show 7.7
44 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Jan 23, 2009 Viktor 7.3
43 Total Recall (2012) Aug 3, 2012 Kuato / Matthias / Matthias Lair 5.9
42 Underworld Sep 19, 2003 Viktor 7.7
42 Chalet Girl Oct 14, 2011 Richard 4.9