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$8 Million

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William Francis Nighy was born on 12 December 1949, in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine, a psychiatric nurse of Scottish descent, and Alfred Nighy of English descent, who managed a car garage and ran the family chimney sweeping business. He is an actor, probably best known for his roles in the films “Love Actually”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and the “Underworld” film series.

A noted actor, how rich is Bill Nighy? According to sources, Nighy has amassed a fortune of over $8 million as of early 2017. the main source being his acting career which began in the mid-1970s.

Bill Nighy Net Worth $8 Million

Nighy attended the John Fisher School in Purley, where he was active in the school’s theatre projects. He later worked as a messenger boy for The Croydon Advertiser and eventually began training for the stage at the Guildford School of Acting.

Soon after, he gained some experience at regional theatres, eventually co-founding a touring theatre company in Liverpool. He went on to regularly appear in the National Theatre, his most notable stage performances being in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” and Joe Penhall’s “Blue/Orange”, paving his way to recognition and to a prolific career in film and television.

Nighy began landing smaller television gigs in the late ’70s, however, it wasn’t until the 1991 BBC television miniseries, “The Men’s Room”, that he earned a career-boosting success. Meanwhile, he started to appear on the big screen in the early ’80s, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he landed a major film role, playing pop star Billy Mack in the romantic comedy “Love Actually” – the role earned him a London Film Critics Award and a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA, considerably contributing to his popularity and to his net worth as well. The same year he played Cameron Foster in the television drama serial “State of Play”, receiving critical acclaim, and also in 2003, Nighy landed the role of vampire leader Victor in the action horror film “Underworld”. He would reprise this role in two more sequels, the 2006 “Underworld: Evolution” and the 2009 “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”.

In the meantime, he portrayed the principal villain, pirate captain Davy Jones in the 2006 “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and its 2009 sequel “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End”, for which he was nominated for Teen Choice Awards. Nighy’s roles in the two franchises secured his place among Hollywood stars, also improving his wealth in a great way.

Around this time, the actor was also involved in other projects such as playing the lead character Gideon in the BBC television drama “Gideon’s Daughter”, and the character of Lawrence in another BBC drama, “The Girl in the Café”, achieving rave reviews as well as a Golden Globe and a Satelite Award for his performance in the former.

Nighy landed a variety of television and film work in the following years. In 2010 he appeared as Rufus Scrimgeour in the seventh installment of the “Harry Potter” series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”, and starred in the black comedy film “Wild Target”. He played the lead role of Johnny Worricker in the 2011 BBC political thriller “Page Eight” and its two 2014 sequels, “Turks & Caicos” and “Salting the Battlefield”. His most recent film appearances were in the 2016 films “Their Finest”, “The Limehouse Golem” and “The Bookshop”, with the latter being in post-production.

Nighy has also done some voice-over work, providing his voice for characters in the animated films such as “Flushed Away”, “Astro Boy”, “Rango” and “Arthur Christmas”. He has also lent his voice for video games like “”G-Force”, “Disney Infinity” and “Destiny”. All added to his wealth.

When speaking about his personal life, Nighy had a long relationship with actress Diana Quick; they separated in 2000, after 27 years together, and have a daughter, actress Mary Nighy. Sources believe he is single at present.

The actor is involved in philanthropy, serving as patron of several charities, such as Crystal Palace F.C. Fast Results & Information Service Children’s Charity, Ann Craft Trust and the London children’s charity Scene & Heard.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Four Kids and It 2017 pre-production Tristan
Heidi: Queen of the Mountain 2017 filming Grandpa
Payne & Redemption 2017 filming Coroner (rumored)
The Bookshop 2017 post-production Mr. Brundish
Destiny: Rise of Iron 2016 Video Game The Speaker
Their Finest 2016 Ambrose Hilliard / Uncle Frank
The Limehouse Golem 2016 John Kildare
Dad's Army 2016 Arthur Wilson
Norm of the North 2016 Socrates (voice)
Disney Infinity 3.0 2015 Video Game Davy Jones (voice)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 Douglas Ainslie
Masterpiece Contemporary 2014 TV Series Johnny Worricker
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2014 Video Game Davy Jones (voice)
Destiny 2014 Video Game The Speaker (voice)
Skylight 2014 TV Movie Tom Sergeant
Pride 2014/I Cliff
Elder Scrolls Online 2014 Video Game High King Emeric (voice)
Salting the Battlefield 2014 TV Movie Johnny Worricker
Turks & Caicos 2014 TV Movie Johnny Worricker
I, Frankenstein 2014 Naberius
Disney Infinity 2013 Video Game Davy Jones (voice)
The World's End 2013 The Network (voice)
About Time 2013/I Dad
The Hungry Corpse 2013 Short The Corpse
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 General Fallon
Total Recall 2012/I Matthias
Wrath of the Titans 2012 Hephaestus
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2011 Douglas Ainslie
Arthur Christmas 2011 Grandsanta (voice)
Astonish Me 2011 Short The Professor
The Man with the Stolen Heart 2011 Short voice
Page Eight 2011 TV Movie Johnny Worricker
Chalet Girl 2011 Richard
Rango 2011 Rattlesnake Jake (voice)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 Minister Rufus Scrimgeour
Doctor Who 2010 TV Series Dr. Black
Wild Target 2010 Victor Maynard
The RRF in New Recruit 2010 Video short Robotsky (voice)
10 Minute Tales 2009 TV Series Mr Jellaby
Astro Boy 2009 Dr. Elefun Robotsky (voice)
Glorious 39 2009 Alexander
G-Force 2009 Video Game Leonard Saber (voice)
G-Force 2009 Saber
Pirate Radio 2009 Quentin
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 2009 Viktor
Valkyrie 2008 General Friedrich Olbricht
Slapper 2008 Short Arnold Percy
Kis Vuk 2008 Ringmaster (voice)
Bloopers of the Caribbean 2007 Video short Davy Jones (uncredited)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 Davy Jones
Hot Fuzz 2007 Met Chief Inspector
Notes on a Scandal 2006 Richard Hart
Horizon 2006 TV Series documentary Narrator
Flushed Away 2006 Whitey (voice)
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 Alan Blunt
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 Davy Jones
Underworld: Evolution 2006 Viktor
Gideon's Daughter 2005 TV Movie Gideon Warner
The Constant Gardener 2005 Sir Bernard Pellegrin
The Girl in the Café 2005 TV Movie Lawrence
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005 Slartibartfast
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout 2005 Dylan (English version, voice)
Enduring Love 2004 Robin
He Knew He Was Right 2004 TV Mini-Series Colonel Osborne
Shaun of the Dead 2004 Philip
Life Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher 2003 TV Movie Narrator
The Young Visiters 2003 TV Movie Earl of Clincham
Canterbury Tales 2003 TV Mini-Series James
Underworld 2003 Viktor
Love Actually 2003 Billy Mack
State of Play 2003 TV Mini-Series Cameron Foster
The Lost Prince 2003 TV Movie Stamfordham
I Capture the Castle 2003 James Mortmain
Ready When You Are Mr. McGill 2003 TV Movie Phil Parish
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 2002 TV Series Jeffrey Grainger
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2002 TV Series Lockwood
AKA 2002 Uncle Louis Gryffoyn
Lucky Break 2001 Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain / King George III in Show
Lawless Heart 2001 Dan
Blow Dry 2001 Ray (Raymond) Robertson
Animated Tales of the World 2000 TV Series Tiger
Kiss Me Kate 1999-2000 TV Series Iain Cameron / Iain
The Canterbury Tales 1998-2000 TV Series The Merchant
Longitude 2000 TV Movie Lord Sandwich
The Magic of Vincent 2000 Short Peter Saunders
Guest House Paradiso 1999 Mr. Johnson
People Like Us 1999 TV Series Will Rushmore
The Bass Player 1999 Short Count Bibuloff
Still Crazy 1998 Ray Simms
FairyTale: A True Story 1997 Edward Gardner
Kavanagh QC 1997 TV Series Giles Culpepper QC
Insiders 1997 TV Series Mark Gordon
Testament: The Bible in Animation 1996 TV Series Belshazzar
True Blue 1996 Jeremy Saville
Alive and Kicking 1996 Tristan
Wycliffe 1994 TV Series David Cleeve
Being Human 1994 Julian
Performance 1991-1993 TV Series Roger Maitland / Hugh Marriner
Don't Leave Me This Way 1993 TV Movie John Tracey
Peak Practice 1993 TV Series Alan Sinclair
Eye of the Storm 1993 TV Mini-Series Tom Frewen
Unnatural Causes 1993 TV Movie Oliver Latham
A Masculine Ending 1992 TV Movie John Tracey
Chillers 1992 TV Series Tom Dickenson
Bergerac 1991 TV Series Barry
Boon 1991 TV Series Steve Reeves
The Men's Room 1991 TV Mini-Series Prof. Mark Carleton
TECX 1990 TV Series Brill
Screenplay 1990 TV Series Howard Nash
Making News 1990 TV Series Sam Courtney
The Phantom of the Opera 1989 Martin Barton
Mack the Knife 1989 Tiger Brown
Storyboard 1989 TV Series Sam
Thirteen at Dinner 1985 TV Movie Ronald Marsh
Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil 1985 TV Movie Helmut Hoffmann
The Last Place on Earth 1985 TV Mini-Series Cecil Meares
The Little Drummer Girl 1984 Al (Theatre Company)
Crown Court 1984 TV Series Lee Sinclair
Reilly: Ace of Spies 1983 TV Mini-Series Goschen
Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 ENT Doctor
Jemima Shore Investigates 1983 TV Series David Cullen
Play for Tomorrow 1982 TV Series Connor Mullan
Minder 1982 TV Series Oates
Play for Today 1978-1982 TV Series Dave / William / Bill
Waveband 1982 Short as William Nighy
Eye of the Needle 1981 Squadron Leader Blenkinsop
BBC2 Playhouse 1980 TV Series Bruno
Little Lord Fauntleroy 1980 TV Movie Officer (uncredited)
Agony 1980 TV Series Vincent Fish
Fox 1980 TV Series Colin Street
Death Watch 1980 Man in 'Harriet scene' (uncredited)
Premiere 1979 TV Mini-Series Deasey
The Bitch 1979 Flower Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Softly Softly: Task Force 1976 TV Series Albert Blake

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Arthur Christmas 2011 performer: "Make Someone Happy"
Engel sucht Liebe 2009 TV Movie performer: "Christmas Is All Around"
Doogal 2006 performer: "You Really Got Me"
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout 2005 performer: "You Really Got Me"
Love Actually 2003 performer: "Christmas Is All Around" 2003
Mack the Knife 1989 performer: "The Cannon Song"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Page Eight 2011 TV Movie executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dad's Army: Legacy 2016 Video documentary short Himself
A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - 'Flushed Away' and 'Arthur Christmas'
The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself - Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
CBS News Sunday Morning 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Made in Hollywood 2009-2013 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2013 TV Series Himself
Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene 2013 Documentary Graham Greene
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Big Picture 2011-2012 TV Series Himself
London - The Modern Babylon 2012 Documentary Quotations reader (voice)
Charlie Rose 2007-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Movie
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Behind the Story: Lights, Colours and Smiles 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Breakfast 2004-2011 TV Series Himself / Himself - Actor
The 5 O'Clock Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Mark at the Movies 2010 TV Series Himself
On the Edge of War: Uncovering 'Glorious 39' 2010 Video short Himself
First Light Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008-2009 TV Series Himself
UK Border Force 2009 TV Series documentary Narrator
The Journey to 'Valkyrie' 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Valkyrie: Recreating Berlin 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Der Kabel 1 Kinotipp 2009 TV Series documentary
Kinotipp 2009 TV Series Himself
Cinetipp 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Rove Live 2009 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Sunday AM 2008 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
HypaSpace 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
2007 Britannia Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Notes on a Scandal: The Story of Two Obsessions 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Notes on a Scandal: Behind the Scenes 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Armstrongs: The Movie 2006 Documentary Narrator
Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy of a Legend 2006 Video documentary Himself
Meerkat Manor 2005-2006 TV Series documentary Narrator
HBO First Look 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Timeshift 2004-2006 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Narrator
Richard & Judy 2006 TV Series Himself
Horizon 2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
The Armstrongs 2006 TV Series documentary Narrator
Anatomy of a Global Thriller: Behind the Scenes of the Constant Gardener 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Magical Voices 2005 Video documentary short Himself
The Magic of Music 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2005 TV Series Himself
The Evening Standard British Film Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Shaun of the Dead: EPK Featurette 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Touts on Tour 2004 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Lucy's Cam 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Liquid News 2004 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 2004 TV Series Himself
1st Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards 2004 Video Himself - Presenter
The BAFTA TV Awards 2004 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Underworld: Creature Effects 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Viktor
Underworld: The Making of Underworld 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Viktor
The Office Christmas Party 2003 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Grumpy Old Men 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Storytellers 2003 Video documentary short Himself / Billy Mack
Live Lunch 2001 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Occupy! 1976 Documentary Player in Everyman Theatre Company, Liverpool

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' 2005 Video documentary short Slartibartfast (uncredited)
Dad's Army: Women of Walmington 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Charlie Rose 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2015 TV Series Douglas Ainslie
Julie Walters: A Life on Screen 2014 TV Movie documentary James (uncredited)
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor 2013 TV Movie Dr. Black (uncredited)
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series
Masterpiece Contemporary 2011 TV Series Johnny Worricker
Doctor Who 2010 TV Series Dr. Black
Planet Voice 2007 TV Series Davy Jones
In Character with Cate Blanchett 2007 Video documentary short Richard Hart (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor About Time (2013)
2012 Annie Annie Awards Voice Acting in a Feature Production Arthur Christmas (2011)
2007 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Gideon's Daughter (2005)
2007 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
2007 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
2006 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Gideon's Daughter (2005)
2006 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Movies - Choice Sleazebag Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television The Lost Prince (2003)
2004 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Love Actually (2003)
2004 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor State of Play (2003)
2004 Broadcasting Press Guild Award Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actor State of Play (2003)
2004 Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Evening Standard British Film Awards Love Actually (2003)
2004 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Love Actually (2003)
2004 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor AKA (2002)
1999 Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Evening Standard British Film Awards Still Crazy (1998)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Supporting Actor About Time (2013)
2014 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor About Time (2013)
2013 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) · Judi Dench
2013 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) · Judi Dench
· Celia Imrie
· Dev Patel
· Ronald Pickup
· Maggie Smith
· Tom Wilkinson
· Penelope Wilton
2012 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Page Eight (2011)
2012 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Single Drama Page Eight (2011) · David Hare
· David Heyman
· David Barron
2012 ACCA TV Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor (TV Movie or Mini-Series) Page Eight (2011)
2012 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Page Eight (2011)
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Arthur Christmas (2011)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Page Eight (2011)
2009 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Valkyrie (2008)
2007 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
2007 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Notes on a Scandal (2006)
2007 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
2006 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Girl in the Café (2005)
2006 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Lead Actor The Girl in the Café (2005)
2006 Magnolia Award Shanghai International TV Festival Best Actor The Girl in the Café (2005)
2005 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor/Actress The Constant Gardener (2005)
2004 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song Love Actually (2003) · Reg Presley (music and lyrics by)
2004 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Lost Prince (2003)
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Love Actually (2003) · Hugh Grant
· Colin Firth
· Sienna Guillory
· Liam Neeson
· Lulu Popplewell
· Emma Thompson
· Kris Marshall
· Heike Makatsch
· Martin Freeman
· Joanna Page
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Andrew Lincoln
· Keira Knightley
· Nina Sosanya
· Martine McCutcheon
· Laura Linney
· Thomas Brodie-Sangster
· Alan Rickman
· Rodrigo Santoro
· Rowan Atkinson
· Claudia Schiffer
· Gregor Fisher
· Rory MacGregor
· Carla Vasconcelos
· Shannon Elizabeth<
2004 RTS Television Award Royal Television Society, UK Best Actor - Male State of Play (2003)
2004 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical Love Actually (2003)
2002 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Lawless Heart (2001)
1999 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Still Crazy (1998)


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#Fact
1 He and his Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) co-star Michael Byrne played General Friedrich Olbricht in dramas depicting the 20 July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler: Byrne in The Plot to Kill Hitler (1990) and Nighy in Valkyrie (2008).
2 Bill Nighy was cast in the lead role of Charles Paris in the 2010 BBC radio/audiobook adaptation of the Simon Brett's "Cast, in Order of Disappearance". This book is the first in the series "The Charles Paris mysteries", featuring Charles, a minor British actor and amateur sleuth, and was originally published in 1975. The audiobook version of the story was relocated to the set of a vampire film "The Wreathing" with Charles cast in the role of "Szabec", a middle management vampire in an organised vampire society. The relocation of the story is a deliberate reference to Bill Nighy's casting as "Viktor" in the "Underworld" franchise of vampire films. In the audiobook, the equivalent of the "Selene" role (played by Kate Beckinsale in the film) is played by a fictional actress called Jodie Ricks (dramatised by Martin McCutcheon in the audiobook).
3 Was the first narrator of the series Meerkat Manor (2005). For the American broadcast, his voice was replaced by Sean Astin. Astin and Nighy have also both played Samwise Gamgee.
4 Years before Shaun of the Dead (2004), Nighy was up for a role in another zombie film - he was considered for the role of Roger Derebridge in Lifeforce (1985), though Nicholas Ball was cast instead.
5 His father was English. His mother was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and also had Irish ancestry.
6 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 Galaxy (2005), and Hot Fuzz (2007). He also takes over Le Mesurier's role in the film version of Dad's Army (2016).
7 Daughter, Mary Nighy (born July 17, 1984) with Diana Quick who was his long-time partner.
8 He has played four different undead characters. He was a zombie in Shaun of the Dead (2004). He was a vampire in Underworld (2003) and Underworld: Evolution (2006). He plays Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). And he plays the vampire "Szabec" in the audiobook adaptation of "Cast, In Order of Disappearance", which was rewritten to lightly parody Underworld (2003).
9 Has Dupuytren's Contracture, a hereditary condition which causes the ring and little fingers of each hand to be permanently bent inwards towards the palm.
10 Was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004.
11 He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Actor in his performance of Blue/Orange at the Royal National Theatre, Cottesloe Stage.
12 He is a huge fan of The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
13 Played the part of "Sam Gamgee" in the original BBC radio production of The Lord of the Rings alongside Ian Holm as "Frodo". Peter Jackson (director of the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)) gave this version to those members of his cast who hadn't read the book.

#Quote
1 [deflecting a personal question from a journalist] If I was in a relationship and I were to tell you about it I would involve your readers in something approaching gossip, and I know they would never forgive me for that.
2 Gay men and women were marginalised and victimised . When I was young, people still went to jail for any public display of affection between people of the same sex. It seems bizarre to say that, I've never understood it. And now I can stand in a town hall in London and watch two male friends get married and say I love you in a public place, and I find it almost overwhelmingly moving.
3 If you were asked by your grandchildren what developments in your lifetime made you most proud, one of them might be the civil rights movement in America and the other would be the emancipation of gay men and women.
4 [Asked about the Lord of the Rings films] I haven't seen them. Someone told me Peter Jackson distributed copies of the radio version to the cast and crew. And since I get 0.00001% in royalties every time someone buys the CD, I've been getting £40 instead of £20 over the last couple of years!
5 [on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," after having been asked about having "developed" a drinking problem during the 1970s and '80s] I don't want to talk about this at length. But I will say a couple of things, and if you'll forgive me, I won't say anything further. One is that I didn't develop a drinking problem. I am one of those people who is built in such a way that I have, from the very beginning, an unfortunate relationship with alcohol. So there was never a good time for me to have a drink. Then there's one further thing I will say, but I'd rather not say anything further, just for reasons that we don't have to go into it. Not because I have any shame in this area; I'm a sober alcoholic, it's a perfectly respectable thing to be and I've made arrangements about it. But I will say that I used to drink and it was absolutely terrible, and now I don't drink and it's absolutely marvelous. And that's as much as I'd like to say. Thanks.
6 I used to think that prizes were demeaning and divisive, until I got one, and now they seem sort of meaningful and real. (On winning a Golden Globe in 2007)
7 The director (Gore Verbinski) asked me to do Dutch, and I don't do Dutch. So I decided on Scottish. - on his Scottish accent for Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).
8 I speculate to be sociable, but it's a very big deal for me that any work I do should be well received. As for how people generally perceive me, I don't know.
9 I am a world-class procrastinator. I'm only an actor because I've been putting off being a writer for 35 years.
10 If you're in a play and you have the same jokes to deliver, eight times a week, it's endlessly fascinating, just trying to hit it each time, and maybe a little bit quicker, a little bit later, trying to feel the air in which you're about to place it. To have 400 people laugh at the same time, you would go to your grave trying to get it right. And it's also very glamorous when it's on film, because you're not there. I love it when a producer phones up and says: "It played very well in France. They were laughing." In France.
11 You know, there may be periods when you're unemployed. Great. You'll never know what will happen from one minute to the next. Yeah, fabulous. You don't know what money you're going to be making in 25 years' time. Yeah, baby! It's like being a gambler, and when I was 18, that was music.
12 There was a time when you were supposed to question everything the director said, to create some kind of conflict, out of which creativity would be born. But I love it when they tell you what to do, you know: "Start there, walk over there, say the line and I'll shout: Cut!" I think it's groovy. When we were filming with Stephen Poliakoff, his first note to me - he prefaced it with: "That was marvellous", which is always a good start - anyway, his note was: "Don't wiggle your eyes about so much," and you know, my heart leapt. Because I know that. I know how to not make my eyes wiggle about.
13 I hate design which has nothing to do with function. When I first went to work and had digs, I would arrange that there was nothing in my room, just a bed and a chair. It was like a cell. And I once saw this thing on the telly where there were these two guys who lived in a minimalist house. Absolutely nothing in it, but they had a deal that if they left their shoes on the stairs in an interesting shape, and they both agreed, they could leave them there. I understand that.
14 I even wear a suit for improvisation workshops, rolling around. Well, acting's a white-collar job, you know? You wear a suit.
15 I don't smoke now, which is marvellous. My only addictions are caffeine and sugar.
16 There's a bit in Performance (1970), one of my favourite films - with James Fox giving one of my favourite performances - and there's a scene where he's getting ready, and there's a bit where he arranges his Playboy lighter, and the magazines, and the ashtray, perfectly symmetrically aligned on the coffee table, the funky coffee table. And then he gets his tie and his shirt absolutely fabulous, and the hair is right - and I love it with all my heart, and I love the whole movie, and I love him in it... And then, he looks in the mirror and says: 'I am a bullet.' And my heart goes boom.
17 You come to realise there is this huge disparity between what you think about yourself and your work and what other people think about you and your work, at first you either think they're insane or that it's a conspiracy to make you look stupid. Or maybe, just maybe, they're right, and you're sometimes quite good at what you do.
18 "The British consul shipped me home for 25 quid and I had to pay my father back, he was a wee bit cross." (about being in Paris)
19 I've always slightly worried about the kids who play football around my house. They know I'm an actor, but felt sorry for me because they'd never seen anything I've done.
20 I wanted to be a journalist, I thought it was glamorous and that I'd meet beautiful women in the rain.
21 I got briefly mistaken for someone who might be good in bed, which was very, very good.

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