Bill Nighy Biography

Bill Nighy (William Francis Nighy) was born on 12th December 1949 in Caterham, United Kingdom. He is an actor and voice over artist. He is popularly known for his role as Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Nighy attended the John Fisher School, a Roman Catholic grammar school in Purley, where he was a member of the school theatre group. He left the school with two O-levels and then took a job with The Croydon Advertiser as a messenger boy. He went on to train at the Guildford School of Acting.

Bill Nighy Harry Potter

He portrayed Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. He joined the Ministry of Magic as an Auror, where he became a hardened veteran, spending most of his life fighting Dark Wizards. Eventually he rose to become Head of the Auror Office. During the Second Wizarding War, Scrimgeour was appointed in 1996 to succeed Cornelius Fudge as Minister for Magic. While he appeared to provide a much tougher and resolute stance against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, he made the same mistake of creating the appearance of safety and security, while in truth Scrimgeour’s efforts were waning in progress in the war.

Bill Nighy Hands/ Fingers

He suffers from Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that causes some of his fingers to bend in towards the palm, which can make shaking hands with fans difficult.

Bill Nighy Pirates of The Caribbean

He played Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. When ghostly pirate Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) comes to collect a blood debt, Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) must find a way to avoid his fate lest his soul be damned for all time. Nevertheless, the wily ghost manages to interrupt the wedding plans of Jack’s friends Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley).

Bill Nighy Age

He was born on 12th December 1949 in Caterham, United Kingdom.

Bill Nighy Wife and Child

Bill Nighy had a 27-year-relationship with English actress Diana Quick, with whom he has a daughter, actress Mary Nighy. The couple separated amicably in 2008.


Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy Family

Bill Nighy’s mother, Catherine Josephine Nighy, was a psychiatric nurse of Irish descent born in Glasgow, and his English father, Alfred Martin Nighy, managed a car garage after working in the family chimney sweeping business. He has two older siblings, Martin and Anna.

Bill Nighy Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $8 million.


Bill Nighy TV Shows

  • 1976 – Softly, Softly: Taskforce
  • 1978–1982 – Play for Today
  • 1979 – Premier
  • 1980 – Agony
  • 1980 – Fox
  • 1980 – BBC2 Playhouse
  • 1982 – Minder
  • 1982 – Play for Tomorrow
  • 1983 – Reilly, Ace of Spies
  • 1983 – Jemima Shore Investigates
  • 1984 – Crown Court
  • 1985 – The Last Place on Earth
  • 1989 – Storyboard
  • 1990 – Making News
  • 1990 – Screenplay
  • 1990 – TECX
  • 1991 – The Men’s Room
  • 1991 – Bergerac
  • 1991 – Boon
  • 1991–1993 – Performance
  • 1992 – Chiller
  • 1992 – A Masculine Ending
  • 1993 – Eye of the Storm
  • 1993 – Peak Practice
  • 1993 – Don’t Leave Me This Way
  • 1993 – The Maitlands
  • 1994 – Wycliffe
  • 1995 – Llety Piod
  • 1996 – Testament: The Bible in Animation
  • 1997 – Insiders
  • 1997 – Kavanagh QC
  • 1998 – Kiss Me Kate
  • 1998–2000 – The Canterbury Tales
  • 1999 – People Like Us –
  • 2000 – Longitude
  • 2000 – Animated Tales of the World
  • 2002 – Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
  • 2002 – The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
  • 2003 – State of Play
  • 2003 – Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill
  • 2003 – The Lost Prince
  • 2003 – The Canterbury Tales
  • 2003 – The Young Visiters
  • 2003 – Life Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher
  • 2004 – He Knew He Was Right
  • 2005 – The Girl in the Café
  • 2005 – Gideon’s Daughter
  • 2006 – Horizon
  • 2009 – 10 Minute Tales
  • 2010 – Doctor Who
  • 2011 – Page Eight
  • 2014 – Turks & Caicos
  • 2014 – Salting the Battlefield
  • 2017 – Red Nose Day Actually
  • 2018 – Ordeal by Innocence

Bill Nighy Movies/ Films

  • 2003: Love Actually
  • 2016: Their Finest
  • 2013: About Time
  • 2011: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • 2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • 2009: The Boat That Rocked
  • 2007: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • 2009: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  • 2004: Shaun of the Dead
  • 2006: Notes on a Scandal
  • 2006: Underworld: Evolution
  • 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • 2008: Valkyrie
  • 2007: Hot Fuzz
  • 2015: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • 2014: I, Frankenstein
  • 2005: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • 2003: Underworld
  • 1998: Still Crazy
  • 2011: Rango
  • 2014: Pride
  • 2010: Wild Target
  • 2012: Total Recall
  • 2011: Page Eight
  • 2013: Jack the Giant Slayer
  • 2005: The Constant Gardener
  • 2012: Wrath of the Titans
  • 2011: Arthur Christmas
  • 2009: Astro Boy
  • 2009: G-Force
  • 2003: I Capture the Castle
  • 2006: Stormbreaker
  • 2006: Flushed Away
  • 2016: Dad’s Army
  • 2011: Chalet Girl
  • 2004: Enduring Love
  • 2005: The Girl in the Café
  • 2001: Lawless Heart
  • 2016: The Limehouse Golem
  • 2009: Glorious 39
  • 2001: Lucky Break
  • 2001: Blow Dry
  • 1997: FairyTale: A True Story
  • 2006: Gideon’s Daughter
  • 1981: Eye of the Needle
  • 2014: Salting the Battlefield
  • 1999: Guest House Paradiso
  • 2003: The Lost Prince
  • 1985: Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil
  • 2016: Norm of the North
  • 2014: Turks & Caicos

Bill Nighy Interview

Source: BBC UK

Leo is written as a very complex and multi-layered character. Was that what drew you to the part?

Bill Nighy: I thought the script was first rate and I like the genre and the whole English thriller vibe of that period very much. I loved the part of Leo, as he is a multi-faceted character. The whole project was very attractive to me.

The family seem locked in this post-war period where they have this stiff upper lip classic Britishness about them, even though we come to understand this is all a façade. Do you think that this is the case for the Argyll’s?

Bill Nighy: Apart from them being singularly messed up, I suppose that’s not an unfamiliar phenomenon all over the world in this period and in different societies. They all have different ways of papering over the cracks and structures that will allow everybody in the family to survive. But when they break or snap it’s catastrophic, which is the case in our story.

Describe the relationship between Leo and Rachel. Is their marriage completely loveless?

Bill Nighy: Leo and Rachel’s relationship is not sunny! They’ve seen better days in terms of their marriage. I don’t quite know when it started to corrode, but I should think Rachel’s habit of going out, without telling Leo, and coming back with one or two stray children may have had some damaging effect on their marriage. The fact that she controls everything, because it is all her money, I suppose in those days would have emasculated Leo. Paired with him being an unsuccessful writer, he doesn’t really have a leg to stand on in terms of economics. In those days I think that would have been particularly corrosive to the relationship.

Rachel is played by Anna Chancellor, what was it like to be paired with her as husband and wife?

Bill Nighy: Anna and I are just made for each other. I’ve known Anna as a friend for a long time and I admire her tremendously. It was a great coup to have her in the show.

The house itself plays a role in this story, what were your first impressions when you arrived at the house?

Bill Nighy: Ardgowan House was a wonderful location to be in. There were some very interesting corners within the house itself, it really feeds in to your character’s feeling of status and it is such a beautiful spot. Leo’s study, with its big desk, was extremely beautiful and it really gave you that feeling of how they lived then and how privileged they were. The attention to detail is quite unique with the Egyptian artefacts that are around the place. Rachel’s study was also pretty impressive. The production design on the show is just fabulous.

What has Sarah Phelps brought to this Agatha Christie adaptation?

Bill Nighy: Sarah has really hit that cool spot between the period and the modern in her use of language. There is something that she has created in the dialogue between the characters that reflects a combination of the periods, making it more accessible to an audience, but never betraying the period in which it was originally conceived. If you were to perform it in the way they used to speak I think people may turn over within the first ten minutes. It would seem too extraordinary or too extreme to us now had it not been refreshed. Sarah’s writing is a great achievement, it’s only when you start to work on it that you realise how layered it all is. She is playing around with time throughout the story and to schedule that all into the writing, peppering those scenes throughout the script and at the same time keeping an eye on where the audience might be is a great achievement. Sarah has to make sure the audience doesn’t guess the end but also give them plenty to be suspicious about, so at some point the audience suspect everyone in the story and creates a very elaborate puzzle.

Leo has an interesting relationship with his adopted children, and you see through the narrative how that changes. Was Leo always the ‘good guy’ in their eyes do you think?

Bill Nighy: He has very good relations with his children and they love him because it’s as good as it gets seeing as though they have such a hard time with Rachel. So they are drawn to their father and I think he enjoys that, and it is reciprocated.

Is Leo’s relationship with Gwenda about love or power (or both)?

Bill Nighy: I think he has a very, very good relationship with Gwenda. They understand each other perfectly and I think genuinely they are attached to each other. And working with Alice Eve was tremendous. She is enchanting, funny and as smart as anything.

How has it been working with director Sandra Goldbacher (director)?

Bill Nighy: I loved working with Sandra, absolutely loved it. If I could go to work every day and it was with Sandra then I’d be perfectly happy. A large part of the show is the audience thinking ‘did he do it, did she do it’? They are always looking for clues and Sandra is great at scheduling that information. She sees things that we don’t spot and that is what you want from a director.

Did you collaborate with the costume department in terms of creating the style/personality of your character?

Bill Nighy: I adored collaborating with Trisha Biggar (costume designer). She is absolutely sensational. You realise that you are in the presence of someone really serious and special when you work with her. She knows everything, not only about the aesthetic of your character but everyone’s mind-set from the story point of view. She thinks big in terms of accessing costumes and is incredibly knowledgeable and conscientious, charming and fun to work with. We had a really good time working together.

What was it like working with the cast?

Bill Nighy: Everyone has a great part in this story, which is not always the case. Everyone came to the set fully prepared and ready to go. It was a wonderful atmosphere to work in. The script is truly an ensemble piece and Sarah has done a marvellous job at incorporating everyone’s characters.

What makes Christie’s characters so timeless?

Bill Nighy: Everyone seems to have read Christie when they were younger. If you discover Agatha Christie then you tend to carry on and read the lot. I think there is an element of nostalgia about her writing and I understand that throughout history people have always been nostalgic for a period about 60 or 70 years before their time. The Christie novels are also depicted in very British places involving very well to do people where they come a cropper, which is perhaps part of the appeal. The veneer cracks and you get to see how it all falls apart, but ultimately they are just very clever mechanisms and Christie is really brilliant at keeping you guessing. That is the delightfulness of Agatha Christie.

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