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Biography #2 (for Love Actually)

In his more than two decades in entertainment, Bill Nighy has established himself as one of Britain's most versatile actors with a superlative list of starring roles in film, television and the theatre.

In addition to Love Actually, Nighy has also completed filming Working Title's upcoming zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. His recent work in Peter Cattaneo's Lucky Break brought him a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the London Film Critics Circle. His role as Roger in 2002's Lawless Heart garnered Nighy a Best Actor nomination from the British Independent Film Awards. He won the Evening Standard's Peter Sellers Award for best comedy performance in 1998's hit ensemble comedy Still Crazy (which received two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Film and Best Song). Among his feature film credits are Underworld, I Capture the Castle, and FairyTale: A True Story.

In 2001, Nighy earned an Olivier Best Actor nomination for his role in the National Theatre production of Blue/Orange. His list of theatrical credits encompasses productions from such esteemed playwrights and directors as David Hare, Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Roger Michell and Karol Reisz and for such prestigious organizations as the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and the Almeida Theatre. In addition to Blue/Orange, these include Pinter's A Kind of Alaska and Betrayal; Skylight; The Seagull (with Dame Judi Dench); Stoppard's Arcadia; Mean Tears; King Lear; Pravda (with Anthony Hopkins); and Map of the World.

Nighy's extensive television credits include countless projects for the BBC: The Young Visitors; Auf Wiedersehen Pet; Absolute Hell; The Men's Room; Antonia and Jane; and Dreams of Leaving.

His telefilm credits include Thirteen at Dinner and The Last Place on Earth. Nighy's additional television projects include State of Play; Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill; and Stephen Poliakoff's The Lost Prince.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Love Actually" (07-Nov-2003)


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