Bill Nighy

Actor

Born: 12 December 1949
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as:

The actor who played the washed-up pop idol in the 2003 film Love Actually

Bill Nighy's film stardom came late in life -- he was in his 50s before film audiences fell in love with his portrayal of washed-up pop star Billy Mack in the 2003 comedy Love Actually. Raised south of London (Caterham, Surrey), he found his way to drama school and a career on the English stage. He began working in TV and film in the early 1980s, but most audiences know him for his work since 2003. That was the year he appeared in Love Actually, as well as in the BBC miniseries State of Play and the film adaption of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle. Bill Nighy is lanky, cheeky and visibly battle-weary (his alcoholic past is a well-known part of his professional resumé), and on screen he's demonstrated the range of an accomplished character actor in both comedy and drama. His other films include Shaun of the Dead (2004); Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006, starring Johnny Depp); Notes on a Scandal (2006, starring Cate Blanchett); Underworld (as Viktor, in 2003 and 2009); and Valkyrie (2008, starring Tom Cruise). Nighy also did voice work for Flushed Away (2006), G-Force (2009) and Astro Boy (2009), and won the role of Rufus Scrimgeour in the movie version of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Extra credit:

Bill Nighy sang the song "Christmas is All Around" in Love Actually, and had a minor hit with the single... He was the unmarried partner of actress Diana Quick from 1982 to 2008... His name is pronounced just like that of the other Bill Nye, Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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