William Francis 'Bill' Nighy (born 12 December 1949) is a British stage actor who made the transition to film in 1989's Eye of the Needle. He is easily recognized thanks to his tall, slight frame and distinctive voice.
Nighy is probably most famous for playing Billy Mack in Love Actually and Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He is also known as Philip in Shaun of the Dead and Viktor in the Underworld film series.
Not to be confused with the Science Guy.
- Mr. Johnson in Guest House Paradiso (1999)
- Viktor in Underworld (2003) and the prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009).
- Billy Mack in Love Actually (2003).
- Cameron Foster in State of Play (2003).
- Philip in Shaun of the Dead (2004).
- Robin in Enduring Love (2004).
- Slartibartfast in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
- Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
- Dylan in the original UK dub of The Magic Roundabout (2005).
- Sir Bernard Pellegrin in The Constant Gardener (2005).
- Whitey in Flushed Away (2006).
- Richard Hart in Notes on a Scandal (2006)
- Chief Inspector Kenneth in Hot Fuzz (2007).
- Friedrich Olbricht in Valkyrie (2008).
- Leonard Saber in G-Force (2009).
- Robotsky in Astro Boy (2009).
- Quentin in Pirate Radio (2009).
- A Musée d'Orsay curator with a bow tie in Doctor Who (2010).
- Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).
- Victor Maynard in Wild Target (2010).
- Rattlesnake Jake in Rango (2011).
- Douglas Ainslie in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel.
- Grandsanta in Arthur Christmas (2011).
- Hephaestus in Wrath of the Titans (2012).
- Matthias Lair in Total Recall (2012).
- Fallon in Jack the Giant Slayer (2013).
- The Network in The World's End (2013).
- James Lake in About Time (2013).
- Naberius in I, Frankenstein (2014).
- Johnny Worricker in Page Eight (2011), Turks & Caicos (2014), and Salting The Battlefield (2014)
- Ambrose Hilliard in Their Finest (2017)
- Howard Clifford in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
Tropes associated with him include:
- Awesome, Dear Boy: His reason for taking smaller supporting roles in Harry Potter and Doctor Who. He didn't want to be one of the few British actors to not be in Harry Potter.
- Character Tics: He often points and gestures with his middle finger instead of his index.
- Fingore: Downplayed; He has Dupuytren's Contracture, a condition that causes the fingers (in his case the pinky and ring) to become permanently bent inward.
- Large Ham: Often and with much gusto.
- Playing Against Type:
- Nighy's role in Total Recall (2012) shows him as a very serious heroic figure. Could also double as a Subverted Trope.
- An odd case with his role as Sam in the BBC radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He's physically about the least-suited actor to playing a Hobbit imaginable, but somehow the use of his voice alone fits perfectly.
- Typecasting: If he's not hamming, many of his characters have a pensive stumbling delivery with nervous pauses and a somewhat melancholy tone.
- What Could Have Been: Nighy was strongly speculated to portray the Ninth Doctor in the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, but the role instead went to Christopher Eccleston. He did however take a part in the 2010 Eleventh Doctor story "Vincent and The Doctor".