Bill Nighy biography

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Bill Nighy

Date of Birth: December 12, 1949

Already a critically acclaimed theater actor before he made his first television appearance with a regular role in the British series Agony from 1980 to 1981, Bill Nighy has won a number of awards and nominations, including the Best Actor award at the Barclay's Theatre Awards for David Hare's Skylight as well as the Peter Sellers Comedy Award for his role as Ray Simms in Still Crazy (1998). Born in Surrey, England, Nighy first made the transition to film with a role in Eye of the Needle (1981), starring Donald Sutherland. Other film roles include playing a doctor in Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) starring David Niven, Barton in The Phantom of the Opera (1989), Tiger in Mack the Knife (1990) starring Raul Julia and Richard Harris, and Julian in Being Human (1993) starring Robin Williams.

In 2003, he appeared as Viktor in the box office hit Underworld (2003), and appeared as an aging rock star in Love Actually (2003) opposite a slew of A-list British and American actors such as Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney, Billy Bob Thornton and Emma Thompson. In 2007, he won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Villain for playing Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).

In 2010, Nighy joined the Harry Potter series, portraying Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 . He also provided a voice for the animated feature Rango (2011), starring Johnny Depp. Nighy can also be seen in several recent blockbusters, like Wrath of the Titans (2012), Total Recall (2012), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and Jack the Giant Killer (2013).

Some of his more recent credits include I, Frankenstein (2014), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Norm of the North (2016), the dramedy Their Finest (2017) with Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin, as well as The Limehouse Golem (2017).

In 2007 he won his first Golden Globe for his performance in the TV movie Gideon's Daughter (2005).

His resumé includes some 150 projects, combining works in cinema with those of TV. More recently, audiences saw him as Howard Clifford in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), which revolved around the famous yellow character.

Bill and his former girlfriend, actress Diana Quick, have a daughter together.

Bill Nighy Filmography


Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Comedy, Family
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: May 10, 2019
DVD: August 6, 2019
Blu-ray: August 6, 2019
Digital: July 23, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.48
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Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy, Rita Ora