British actor, Bill Nighy rose to popularity for his performance in the BBC One series State of Play in 2003 and for the BBC film Gideon's Daughter in 2007.

Picture of British actor, Bill Nighy
Caption: Picture of British actor, Bill Nighy (Photo: hollywoodreporter)

Parents of Bill Nighy

On 12 December 1949, William Francis Nighy was born in Caterham, Surrey. He is the son of parents of Catherine Josephine Nighy and Alfred Martin Nighy. Bill's mother Catherine, a psychiatric nurse of Irish descent born in Glasgow, Scotland, and father Alfred, managed a car garage after working in the family chimney sweeping business. He grew up as a Roman Catholic and served as an altar boy. As a teenager, he gave up "being a practicing Catholic". Also, Nighy has two elder siblings Martin and Anna. Having British nationality, Bill is of English ethnicity. 

He joined the John Fisher School, a Roman Catholic grammar school in Purley. He earned the nickname "Knucks" for his hands. Bill fled home twice during his teenage years. He earned two O-levels before quitting school and went to work as a courier for The Croydon Advertiser. After being turned down for a spot at RADA, he decided to pursue theatrical acting training at the Guildford School of Acting.


He had worked in many regional theaters shows in his early twenties at venues including the Cambridge Arts Theatre and Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. With his performances in David Hare's Pravda in 1985, William Shakespeare's King Lear in 1986, and Anton Chekov's The Seagull in 1994, he progressively rose to fame after making his acting debut. In the year 1991, he played the role of He played Jerry in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Almeida Theatre. From 1978 to 1982, he starred in three episodes of the British anthology series Play For Today. He gained considerable notoriety among American viewers because of his praised depiction of the older rock musician Ray Simms in the 1998 movie Still Crazy.

Bill Nighy posing for the picture
Caption: Bill Nighy posing for the picture (Photo: onecms)

With the starring role in "The Photographer," an episode of the acclaimed BBC-TV mockumentary comedy series People Like Us, he furthered his notoriety in the UK. He played Will Rushmore, a middle-aged man who had given up his job and family in the hope of becoming a successful commercial photographer. His breakthrough performance came in the 2003 film Love Actually, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He quickly became well-known for his roles as Viktor in the Underworld film series (2003–2009) and Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2006–2007).

Caption: Bill Nighy posing for the picture (Photo: amazonaws)

Bill has appeared in films such as Shaun of the Dead in 2004, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 2005, The Constant Gardener in 2005, Notes on a Scandal in 2006, Hot Fuzz in 2007, Valkyrie in 2008, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in 2010, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2012, About Time in 2013, Emma in 2020, and Living in 2022. Nighy has received praise for his performances in television roles, winning the Best Actor Golden Globe Award for the BBC film Gideon's Daughter (2007) and the British Academy Television Award for his work in the BBC One series State of Play (2003). He is renowned for his performances in the HBO films Page Eight in 2012 and The Girl in the Café in 2006.

What's Bill Nighy Net Worth?

Bill Nighy's net worth is estimated at around $8 Million as per reports. His acting career is the prime source of his earnings. 

Bill Nighy posing for the picture with the car
Caption: Bill Nighy posing for the picture with the car (Photo: pinimg)

Likewise, he lived a comfortable life out of his earnings. With his family, Nighy currently resides in Pimlico, London.

Is Bill Nighy Married? 

Bill Nighy isn't married and doesn't have a wife. However, he was in a romantic relationship with Diana Quick for a long period of time. Well, they never married, Bill referred to Quick as his wife. His former girlfriend Diana is also an English actress. Nighy and Quick were involved in a relationship in the year 1980. 

Bill Nighy with Diana Quick & their daughter Mary
Caption: Bill Nighy with Diana Quick & their daughter Mary (Photo: guim)

They became parents of a daughter Mary Nighy, born in the year 1984. The couple's daughter Mary is also an English actress and filmmaker. Sadly, the couple ended their relationship in 2008. The prime reason for their split due to his addiction to work. 

Does Bill Nighy Have a Girlfriend?

Bill Nighy is yet to confirm whether he has a girlfriend or not. He took Wintour to the Met Gala red carpet together, with many taking this as a confirmation of their relationship. Neither Bill nor Anna has confirmed or denied their relationship status. 

Bill Nighy with Anna Wintour
Caption: Bill Nighy with Anna Wintour (Photo: compote)

When they were seen together in New York City for a screening of actor Bill Nighy's movie Living at the end of the previous year, in December 2022, romance suspicions between the two were first generated. Wintour and Nighy had been friends for a long time.

Height of Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy has a height of 6 feet 2 inches or 1.88 m tall. While his body weighs around 76kg or 167 pounds. Likewise, Nighy has blonde color hair with hazel eyes color.