Born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Surrey, England, Bill Nighy is perhaps best known for his roles in the movies Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and Pirates of the Caribbean.
The son of a nurse and a car garage manager, Nighy attended the John Fisher School in Purley and the Guildford School of Acting. His first venture into the entertainment industry was two seasons at the Everyman Theater in Liverpool. He moved to London eventually to perform in an epic staging of Illuminatus at the National Theater. He went on to star on many radio and television dramas, most notably in the radio adaptation of The Lord of The Rings in 1981, the series The Men’s Room in 1991, the thriller State of Play in 2004, and drama He Knew He Was Right in 2004.
Nighy’s most successful performances, however, happened on stage. In 1993, he landed the lead male role in Arcadia, and later on as a psychiatrist in Blue/Orange. The latter earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2003, he played a vampire in Hollywood’s Underworld and later on in the sequel Underworld: Evolution. He also starred in Love Actually and Shaun of the Dead both in 2004. In the same year, he reportedly rejected the offer of playing the Doctor in the revival of a long-running series called Doctor Who.
In 2005, Bill Nighy starred in the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In 2006, he played the villain in the box office hit, adventure film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. He played the same role in the 2007 sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Nighy is married to actress Diana Quick, with whom he has one daughter. He has Dupuytren’s Contracture, a condition which causes the ring and little fingers of each hand to be bent inwards towards the palm.