Bill Nighy (foto Internet Movie Database) ken ik vooral uit de zogenaamde Caicos-trilogie (“Page Eight” uit 2011, “Turks & Caicos” uit 2014 en “Salting the battlefield” uit 2014).
William Francis (Bill) Nighy (Caterham (Surrey), 12 december 1949) is een Engels televisie- en filmacteur. Hij speelde onder andere in het tweede en derde deel van de Pirates of the Caribbean-reeks (als Davy Jones), in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (als Rufus Schobbejak), in Still Crazy (1998) en in Love Actually (2003). Hierbij scoorde hij een klein hitje door als Billy Mack op de soundtrack Christmas is All Around te zingen. Hij won ook twee BAFTA Awards en een Golden Globe voor zijn rol in Gideon’s Daughter (2006). Daarna zag ik hem in The Boat That Rocked (2009), Chalet girl (Phil Traill, 2011), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) en About time (Richard Curtis, 2013).
In 2013, he played a role in Darkside, Tom Stoppard’s radio drama based on Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of the Moon. In 2014 he starred with Carey Mulligan in a revival of David Hare‘s Skylight in the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. He and Mulligan also starred in the play when it was transferred to Broadway in 2015 and received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
The role of the detective in “The Limehouse Golem” portrayed by Bill Nighy was initially given to Alan Rickman, but the latter had to pull out of the project due to ill-health, which eventually led to his untimely death from pancreatic cancer in January 2016. At the end of the end credits, the following dedication appears on the screen: “This film is dedicated to the memory of Alan Rickman“
When asked what his reactions were to being cast as Ambrose Hilliard in “Their finest” (Lone Scherfig, 2016), Bill Nighy said: “They were looking for someone to play a chronically self-absorbed actor in his declining years, and they thought of me, which is something that’s easier to process on some mornings rather than others.”
Nighy had a relationship with English actress Diana Quick, with whom he has a daughter, actress Mary Nighy. The couple separated in 2008. Nighy has Dupuytren’s contracture, a hereditary condition which can, depending on the condition’s severity, cause contractures of the fingers, most commonly the ring and little fingers. (Wikipedia)