Data de Nascimento: 12/12/1949
Nacionalidade: Inglês, Reino Unido.
Ator e comediante. Trabalhou em teatro e televisão antes de seu primeiro papel no cinema em 1981, e fez seu nome na televisão com O Banheiro dos Homens em 1991, no qual ele interpretou o mulherengo professor Mark Carleton, cujos casos extraconjugais o mantinha "vital". Ele se tornou conhecido em todo o mundo em 2003, como Billy Mack, a estrela pop envelhecida em Love Actually, e no mesmo ano, interpretou James Mortmain, o excêntrico marido lutando para manter sua família à tona em um castelo decadente Inglês, no I Capture the Castle.
Ele também é conhecido por seus papéis nos filmes Underworld, Shaun of the Dead, O Guia do Mochileiro das Galáxias, Piratas do Caribe, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, G-Force e talentos vocais prestados nos filmes The Magic Roundabout e Flushed Away . Recentemente, ele interpretou Rufus Scrimgeour em Harry Potter e as Relíquias da Morte.
Bill Nighy é um padroeiro e defensor do coletivo artístico The Factory Theatre Company ao lado de outros atores como Mark Rylance, Ewan McGregor e Wilson Richard. Outros membros notáveis incluem fundador Alex Hassell, Catherine Bailey e Alan Morrissey.
Vencedor dos prêmios Golden Globe Awards e BAFTA.
"I got briefly mistaken for someone who might be good in bed, which was very, very good."
"I wanted to be a journalist, I thought it was glamorous and that I'd meet beautiful women in the rain."
"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)
"There's a bit in Performance, 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."
"I don't smoke now, which is marvellous. My only addictions are caffeine and sugar."
"I even wear a suit for improvisation workshops, rolling around. Well, acting's a white-collar job, you know? You wear a suit."
"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."
"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 Steven 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."
"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."
"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."
"I am a world-class procrastinator. I'm only an actor because I've been putting off being a writer for 35 years."
"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."
"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"