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 English Literature and enjoyed reading, particularly Ernest Hemingway. On leaving school he wanted to become a journalist but didn’t have the required qualifications. He eventually went on to work as a messenger boy for the Field magazine. He stayed in Paris for a while because he wanted to write “the great novel”, but he only managed to write the title. When he ran out of money, the British consul shipped him home. Nighy wound up training at Guildford School of Dance and Drama in London, and has since then worked consistently in film, television, and on stage. Nighy is perhaps best-known to international audiences for his memorable performance as washed-up pop singer Billy Mack in Реальная любовь (2003), which won him a BAFTA for best supporting actor. He has also made appearances in major franchises: he played vampire leader Viktor in Другой мир (2003), Другой мир 2: Эволюция (2006) and Другой мир: Восстание ликанов (2009), did the performance capture and voice for Davy Jones in Пираты Карибского моря: Сундук мертвеца (2006) and Пираты Карибского моря: На краю света (2007), and made a brief appearance as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in Гарри Поттер и Дары смерти: Часть I (2010). Nighy’s recent film credits include roles in Я захватываю замок (2003), Зомби по имени Шон (2004), Автостопом по галактике (2005), Преданный садовник (2005), Скандальный дневник (2006), Типа крутые легавые (2007), Операция Валькирия (2008) and Рок-волна (2009). He has also provided voice work for many animated movies in the past few years including Смывайся! (2006), Астробой (2009), Ранго (2011) and Секретная служба Санта-Клауса (2011). With supporting turns in Отель Мэриголд: Лучший из экзотических (2011), Гнев Титанов (2012) and Вспомнить всё (2012), 2012 was a busy year for Nighy. There are no signs of slowing down either, as he next appeared in Джек – покоритель великанов (2013), Бойфренд из будущего (2013), and Я, Франкенштейн (2014). Nighy has also had an active career on the small screen, beginning with Agony (1979), and his first widely-recognized role was in 1991 mini-series The Men’s Room (1991). He has also made a habit of working on television with Harry Potter director David Yates: projects together include Большая игра (2003), А вот и гости! (2003), Девушка из кафе (2005) and Страница 8 (2011). Nighy won a Golden Globe for his performance in Дочь Гидеона (2005). Nighy actually began his career on the stage, and has earned acclaim for his work in numerous plays including “The Vertical Hour,” “Pravda”. “A Map of the World”, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia in 1993, and David Hare’s Skylight. He received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in 2001 play “Blue/Orange.” Bill’s partner was actress Diana Quick (he asked her to marry him but she said: “don’t ask me again”; he called her his wife because anything else would have been too difficult). They have a daughter, Mary Nighy, who is studying at university and contemplating an acting career. She has already begun to appear on TV dramas and radio programs.
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