Bill Nighy is an award-winning actor of the stage and screen whose extensive filmography illustrates an illustrious career. Amongst others, Bill has received a BAFTA Award, a London Film Critics Circle Award, an Evening Standard British Film Award and a Golden Globe.
Bill was most recently seen in films THE BOOKSHOP as reclusive book-lover Edmund Brundish, and in the TV mini-series adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE, in which he played the lead role of Leo Argyll. He is soon to appear in films SOMETIMES, ALWAYS, NEVER, a detective fantasy/drama; romantic drama HOPE GAP; and the animation POKEMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU.
In September 2017, Bill was seen on screens in THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM, which premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. Also featured during TIFF 2016 was THEIR FINEST, which saw Bill ‘on irresistible form’ (Daily Express). Bill’s iconic turn as an aging rock star in Richard Curtis’s 2003 hit LOVE ACTUALLY won him his Evening Standard British Film Award. He recently reprised the role in the charity special RED NOSE DAY ACTUALLY (2017).
In recent years, Bill has lent his talent to THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2012) and its sequel, THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2015). 2014 saw Bill star in PRIDE which won Best British Independent Film at the 2014 BIFAs. In 2013, Bill once again teamed up with Richard Curtis for time travelling romantic comedy ABOUT TIME.
Bill’s incredible list of film credits also includes WILD TARGET (2010), PIRATE RADIO (2009, which reunited him with Richard Curtis), Bryan Singer’s VALKYRIE (2008), Richard Eyre’s NOTES ON A SCANDAL (2006), Fernando Meirelles’ THE CONSTANT GARDENER (2005), LAWLESS HEART (2001) and STILL CRAZY (1998).
Bill began his career on the stage and has since earned acclaim for his work in numerous plays, including David Hare’s PRAVDA (1985), SKYLIGHT (1995) and A MAP OF THE WORLD (1983). He received an Olivier Award nomination in 2001 for Best Actor for his performance in Joe Penhall’s BLUE/ORANGE.
In 2012, Bill earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the BBC television movie PAGE EIGHT, directed by David Hare. He reunited with Hare in 2014 for the second and third instalments of THE WORRICKER TRILOGY. On the small screen, HBO’s THE GIRL IN THE CAFÉ (2005) brought Bill a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. Later in 2005, he won a Golden Globe in the same category for his performance in the 2005 telefilm GIDEON’S DAUGHTER.