Bill Nighy

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Nighy in 2012, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: William Francis Nighy

Place of Birth: Caterham, Surrey South Eastern, Surrey, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 12 December, 1949

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Bill Nighy is a British actor. His roles include Love Actually, the Underworld, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel franchises, the films Still Crazy, Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Constant Gardener, Notes on a Scandal, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, The Boat That Rocked, Arthur Christmas, Wrath of the Titans, Total Recall, About Time, The Bookshop, and Emma., and television’s State of Play, The Girl in the Café, Gideon’s Daughter, and Page Eight, as well as stage performances.

He is the son of Catherine Josephine (Whittaker) and Alfred Martin Nighy. His father was English. His mother was born in Glasgow, Scotland, of Irish ancestry. Bill is the father of actress and filmmaker Mary Nighy, with his former partner, actress Diana Quick.

Bill’s paternal grandfather was Joshua Nighy (the son of William Nighy and Sarah Rowland). Joshua was born in Croydon, Surrey, England. Bill’s great-grandfather William was the son of John Nighy and Mary Mott.

Bill’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ellen Duff (the daughter of George Duff and Elizabeth Janes). Mary Ellen was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. George was the son of George Duff and Elizabeth Burnett. Bill’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward Janes and Rebecca Sadler.

Bill’s maternal grandfather was named William Whittaker. William was born in Enneskillen, Ireland.

Bill’s maternal grandmother was named Anna Mary Storey. Anna was born in County Clare, Ireland.

Sources: Family history of Bill Nighy (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Bill Nighy –

5 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Nighy is a nearly extict surname, sadly, just like Pratt.

  2. Hadnodiner says:

    so cool

  3. Harriet says:

    The cousin of my Auntie’s husband has worked with Bill in a film. He seems like a nice man. (:

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