William Francis Nighy was born on 12 December 1949, in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine, a psychiatric nurse of Scottish descent, and Alfred Nighy of English descent, who managed a car garage and ran the family chimney sweeping business. He is an actor, probably best known for his roles in the films “Love Actually”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and the “Underworld” film series.
A noted actor, how rich is Bill Nighy? According to sources, Nighy has amassed a fortune of over $8 million as of early 2017. the main source being his acting career which began in the mid-1970s.
Bill Nighy Net Worth $8 Million
Nighy attended the John Fisher School in Purley, where he was active in the school’s theatre projects. He later worked as a messenger boy for The Croydon Advertiser and eventually began training for the stage at the Guildford School of Acting.
Soon after, he gained some experience at regional theatres, eventually co-founding a touring theatre company in Liverpool. He went on to regularly appear in the National Theatre, his most notable stage performances being in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” and Joe Penhall’s “Blue/Orange”, paving his way to recognition and to a prolific career in film and television.
Nighy began landing smaller television gigs in the late ’70s, however, it wasn’t until the 1991 BBC television miniseries, “The Men’s Room”, that he earned a career-boosting success. Meanwhile, he started to appear on the big screen in the early ’80s, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he landed a major film role, playing pop star Billy Mack in the romantic comedy “Love Actually” – the role earned him a London Film Critics Award and a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA, considerably contributing to his popularity and to his net worth as well. The same year he played Cameron Foster in the television drama serial “State of Play”, receiving critical acclaim, and also in 2003, Nighy landed the role of vampire leader Victor in the action horror film “Underworld”. He would reprise this role in two more sequels, the 2006 “Underworld: Evolution” and the 2009 “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”.
In the meantime, he portrayed the principal villain, pirate captain Davy Jones in the 2006 “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and its 2009 sequel “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End”, for which he was nominated for Teen Choice Awards. Nighy’s roles in the two franchises secured his place among Hollywood stars, also improving his wealth in a great way.
Around this time, the actor was also involved in other projects such as playing the lead character Gideon in the BBC television drama “Gideon’s Daughter”, and the character of Lawrence in another BBC drama, “The Girl in the Café”, achieving rave reviews as well as a Golden Globe and a Satelite Award for his performance in the former.
Nighy landed a variety of television and film work in the following years. In 2010 he appeared as Rufus Scrimgeour in the seventh installment of the “Harry Potter” series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”, and starred in the black comedy film “Wild Target”. He played the lead role of Johnny Worricker in the 2011 BBC political thriller “Page Eight” and its two 2014 sequels, “Turks & Caicos” and “Salting the Battlefield”. His most recent film appearances were in the 2016 films “Their Finest”, “The Limehouse Golem” and “The Bookshop”, with the latter being in post-production.
Nighy has also done some voice-over work, providing his voice for characters in the animated films such as “Flushed Away”, “Astro Boy”, “Rango” and “Arthur Christmas”. He has also lent his voice for video games like “”G-Force”, “Disney Infinity” and “Destiny”. All added to his wealth.
When speaking about his personal life, Nighy had a long relationship with actress Diana Quick; they separated in 2000, after 27 years together, and have a daughter, actress Mary Nighy. Sources believe he is single at present.
The actor is involved in philanthropy, serving as patron of several charities, such as Crystal Palace F.C. Fast Results & Information Service Children’s Charity, Ann Craft Trust and the London children’s charity Scene & Heard.
Bill Nighy was cast in the lead role of Charles Paris in the 2010 BBC radio/audiobook adaptation of the Simon Brett's "Cast, in Order of Disappearance". This book is the first in the series "The Charles Paris mysteries", featuring Charles, a minor British actor and amateur sleuth, and was originally published in 1975.The audiobook version of the story was relocated to the set of a vampire film "The Wreathing" with Charles cast in the role of "Szabec", a middle management vampire in an organised vampire society. The relocation of the story is a deliberate reference to Bill Nighy's casting as "Viktor" in the "Underworld" franchise of vampire films. In the audiobook, the equivalent of the "Selene" role (played by Kate Beckinsale in the film) is played by a fictional actress called Jodie Ricks (dramatised by Martin McCutcheon in the audiobook).
Was the first narrator of the series Meerkat Manor (2005). For the American broadcast, his voice was replaced by Sean Astin. Astin and Nighy have also both played Samwise Gamgee.
Years before Shaun of the Dead (2004), Nighy was up for a role in another zombie film - he was considered for the role of Roger Derebridge in Lifeforce (1985), though Nicholas Ball was cast instead.
His father was English. His mother was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and also had Irish ancestry.
[deflecting a personal question from a journalist] If I was in a relationship and I were to tell you about it I would involve your readers in something approaching gossip, and I know they would never forgive me for that.
Gay men and women were marginalised and victimised . When I was young, people still went to jail for any public display of affection between people of the same sex. It seems bizarre to say that, I've never understood it. And now I can stand in a town hall in London and watch two male friends get married and say I love you in a public place, and I find it almost overwhelmingly moving.
If you were asked by your grandchildren what developments in your lifetime made you most proud, one of them might be the civil rights movement in America and the other would be the emancipation of gay men and women.
[Asked about the Lord of the Rings films] I haven't seen them. Someone told me Peter Jackson distributed copies of the radio version to the cast and crew. And since I get 0.00001% in royalties every time someone buys the CD, I've been getting £40 instead of £20 over the last couple of years!
[on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," after having been asked about having "developed" a drinking problem during the 1970s and '80s] I don't want to talk about this at length. But I will say a couple of things, and if you'll forgive me, I won't say anything further. One is that I didn't develop a drinking problem. I am one of those people who is built in such a way that I have, from the very beginning, an unfortunate relationship with alcohol. So there was never a good time for me to have a drink. Then there's one further thing I will say, but I'd rather not say anything further, just for reasons that we don't have to go into it. Not because I have any shame in this area; I'm a sober alcoholic, it's a perfectly respectable thing to be and I've made arrangements about it. But I will say that I used to drink and it was absolutely terrible, and now I don't drink and it's absolutely marvelous. And that's as much as I'd like to say. Thanks.
I used to think that prizes were demeaning and divisive, until I got one, and now they seem sort of meaningful and real. (On winning a Golden Globe in 2007)
I speculate to be sociable, but it's a very big deal for me that any work I do should be well received. As for how people generally perceive me, I don't know.
I am a world-class procrastinator. I'm only an actor because I've been putting off being a writer for 35 years.
If you're in a play and you have the same jokes to deliver, eight times a week, it's endlessly fascinating, just trying to hit it each time, and maybe a little bit quicker, a little bit later, trying to feel the air in which you're about to place it. To have 400 people laugh at the same time, you would go to your grave trying to get it right. And it's also very glamorous when it's on film, because you're not there. I love it when a producer phones up and says: "It played very well in France. They were laughing." In France.
You know, there may be periods when you're unemployed. Great. You'll never know what will happen from one minute to the next. Yeah, fabulous. You don't know what money you're going to be making in 25 years' time. Yeah, baby! It's like being a gambler, and when I was 18, that was music.
There was a time when you were supposed to question everything the director said, to create some kind of conflict, out of which creativity would be born. But I love it when they tell you what to do, you know: "Start there, walk over there, say the line and I'll shout: Cut!" I think it's groovy. When we were filming with Stephen Poliakoff, his first note to me - he prefaced it with: "That was marvellous", which is always a good start - anyway, his note was: "Don't wiggle your eyes about so much," and you know, my heart leapt. Because I know that. I know how to not make my eyes wiggle about.
I hate design which has nothing to do with function. When I first went to work and had digs, I would arrange that there was nothing in my room, just a bed and a chair. It was like a cell. And I once saw this thing on the telly where there were these two guys who lived in a minimalist house. Absolutely nothing in it, but they had a deal that if they left their shoes on the stairs in an interesting shape, and they both agreed, they could leave them there. I understand that.
I even wear a suit for improvisation workshops, rolling around. Well, acting's a white-collar job, you know? You wear a suit.
I don't smoke now, which is marvellous. My only addictions are caffeine and sugar.
There's a bit in Performance (1970), one of my favourite films - with James Fox giving one of my favourite performances - and there's a scene where he's getting ready, and there's a bit where he arranges his Playboy lighter, and the magazines, and the ashtray, perfectly symmetrically aligned on the coffee table, the funky coffee table. And then he gets his tie and his shirt absolutely fabulous, and the hair is right - and I love it with all my heart, and I love the whole movie, and I love him in it... And then, he looks in the mirror and says: 'I am a bullet.' And my heart goes boom.
You come to realise there is this huge disparity between what you think about yourself and your work and what other people think about you and your work, at first you either think they're insane or that it's a conspiracy to make you look stupid. Or maybe, just maybe, they're right, and you're sometimes quite good at what you do.
"The British consul shipped me home for 25 quid and I had to pay my father back, he was a wee bit cross." (about being in Paris)
I've always slightly worried about the kids who play football around my house. They know I'm an actor, but felt sorry for me because they'd never seen anything I've done.
I wanted to be a journalist, I thought it was glamorous and that I'd meet beautiful women in the rain.
I got briefly mistaken for someone who might be good in bed, which was very, very good.