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British actor Bill Nighy is a bit of a late bloomer, at least in the United States, where audiences have only gotten to know him through his later films such as Love Actually (2003), Underworld (2003) and The Constant Gardener (2005).

Born Dec. 12, 1949, in Caterham, England, Nighy wasn't exactly a household name in his native country, either, until in 2002 he began playing a controversial politico in the TV series "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet." Despite his relative anonymity, Nighy has enjoyed a career dating back to the '70s, when -- after studying at the Guildford School of Dance and Drama -- he began to land small roles on television and in movies.

Earlier films of note for Nighy include Eye of the Needle (1981), Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), The Phantom of the Opera (1989), Being Human (opposite Robin Williams, 1993) and Still Crazy (1998).

Bill Nighy in Their Finest

Their Finest

2017 R

Hired to pen scripts for films intended to boost Britain's spirits during World War II's London Blitz, Catrin Cole finds drama and comedy offscreen as she contends with a chauvinistic fellow screenwriter and a self-important aging actor.

  • Bill Nighy in The Constant Gardener The Constant Gardener
  • Bill Nighy in About Time About Time
  • Bill Nighy in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt I Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt I
  • Bill Nighy in Wrath of the Titans Wrath of the Titans
  • Bill Nighy in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Bill Nighy in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Bill Nighy in Masterpiece Contemporary: Page Eight Masterpiece Contemporary: Page Eight
  • Bill Nighy in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Bill Nighy in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Bill Nighy in Total Recall Total Recall
  • Bill Nighy in Underworld Underworld
  • Bill Nighy in Underworld: Evolution Underworld: Evolution
  • Bill Nighy in Hot Fuzz Hot Fuzz
  • Bill Nighy in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  • Bill Nighy in Love Actually Love Actually
  • Bill Nighy in Pirate Radio Pirate Radio
  • Bill Nighy in Norm of the North Norm of the North
  • Bill Nighy in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Bill Nighy in Dad's Army Dad's Army
  • Bill Nighy in Pride Pride
  • Bill Nighy in Rango Rango
  • Bill Nighy in Valkyrie Valkyrie
  • Bill Nighy in Gideon's Daughter Gideon's Daughter
  • Bill Nighy in Masterpiece: Worricker: Salting the Battlefield Masterpiece: Worricker: Salting the Battlefield
  • Bill Nighy in Wild Target Wild Target
  • Bill Nighy in I Capture the Castle I Capture the Castle
  • Bill Nighy in Flushed Away Flushed Away
  • Bill Nighy in Masterpiece: Worricker: Turks & Caicos Masterpiece: Worricker: Turks & Caicos
  • Bill Nighy in Jack the Giant Slayer Jack the Giant Slayer
  • Bill Nighy in Thirteen at Dinner Thirteen at Dinner
  • Bill Nighy in The Lost Prince The Lost Prince
  • Bill Nighy in Astro Boy Astro Boy
  • Bill Nighy in Arthur Christmas Arthur Christmas
  • Bill Nighy in I, Frankenstein I, Frankenstein
  • Bill Nighy in Fairy Tale: A True Story Fairy Tale: A True Story
  • Bill Nighy in Lawless Heart Lawless Heart
  • Bill Nighy in Enduring Love Enduring Love
  • Bill Nighy in Notes on a Scandal Notes on a Scandal
  • Bill Nighy in Glorious 39 Glorious 39
  • Bill Nighy in Reilly: Ace of Spies Reilly: Ace of Spies
  • Bill Nighy in He Knew He Was Right He Knew He Was Right
  • Bill Nighy in Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
  • Bill Nighy in G-Force G-Force
  • Bill Nighy in Curse of the Pink Panther Curse of the Pink Panther
  • Bill Nighy in The Last Place on Earth The Last Place on Earth
  • Bill Nighy in Alive and Kicking Alive and Kicking
  • Bill Nighy in Still Crazy Still Crazy
  • Bill Nighy in People Like Us: The Complete Series People Like Us: The Complete Series
  • Bill Nighy in AKA AKA
  • Bill Nighy in The Young Visiters The Young Visiters
  • Bill Nighy in State of Play State of Play
  • Bill Nighy in Chalet Girl Chalet Girl