Bill Nighy

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Sometimes Always Never

10 Jun 20193 stars

Bill Nighy is as excellent as ever in this somewhat self-conscious comedy drama

Between Bill Nighy's fastidious lead and the title's nod to the rules for buttoning up (or not) suit jackets, this gently melancholic comedy drama from debut director Carl Hunter is a mite too fussy for its own good. Though the role of a dryly elegant…

Bill Nighy became a Pokemon expert for film role

12 Feb 2019

Film gossip

Bill Nighy bought every Pokemon book in existence to research his role for 'Pokemon: Detective Pikachu'. The 69-year-old actor did a lot of reading about the pocket monsters video game and trading card phenomenon after landing a part in the upcoming…

The Bookshop

25 Jun 20184 stars

Restrained and tender adaptation of the acclaimed novel, starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy

Penelope Fitzgerald's Booker-shortlisted novel The Bookshop gets a loyal adaptation from Spanish writer-director Isabel Coixet. It's a film that celebrates love and literature; underneath what feels like just another quaint English period tale beats a…

Bill Nighy considered quitting acting

27 Mar 2018

Film gossip

Bill Nighy considered quitting acting after admitted he "just hated it". The 68-year-old actor has starred in a number of popular films including 'Love Actually', 'Pride' and two of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies, but Nighy admitted he nearly…

Bill Nighy joins Pokemon movie

31 Jan 2018

Film gossip

Bill Nighy and Chris Geere are the latest stars to join the cast of 'Detective Pikachu'. Ryan Reynolds is already on board to star in the first live-action Pokemon franchise movie, along with 'Inception's Ken Watanabe, 'The Get Down's Justice Smith…

Bill Nighy to star in comedy Made in Italy

19 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Bill Nighy is set to star in the forthcoming comedy 'Made In Italy'. The 67-year-old actor has been approached for James D'Arcy's feature screenplay and directorial debut and will reportedly play bohemian London artist Robert, who travels back to…

Bill Nighy claims young actors don't learn lines

16 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Bill Nighy has criticised younger actors for not learning their lines properly. The 67-year-old BAFTA-winning actor has had a career which has spanned five decades and featured roles in a number of box office hits such as playing Davy Jones in the…

Bill Nighy

11 Sep 2017

Film gossip

Bill Nighy got into acting because he wanted "long periods of no work". The 67-year-old actor has had a five-decade spanning career which has included roles in popular movies such as 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest', 'Shaun of the Dead…

The Limehouse Golem

28 Aug 20173 stars

Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke impress in this predictable yet atmospheric Victorian thriller

A Victorian whodunit, Juan Carlos Medina's second feature (following Painless) promises much but doesn't always deliver. Based on Peter Ackroyd's 1994 novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, it's a Jack the Ripper-esque tale set in a foggy old London…

Bill Nighy's career fear

17 Apr 2017

Film gossip

Bill Nighy always worries his career will "fall apart". The 67-year-old actor - who has a daughter, Mary, 32, with former partner Diana Quick - found fame relatively late in life thanks to his role in 2003 movie 'Love, Actually' and he wishes he'd…

Bill Nighy never watches any of his own films

13 Apr 2017

Film gossip

Bill Nighy doesn't watch his own films. The 67-year-old actor - who has starred in 'The Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise - became an international star in 'Love Actually' but he claims he has never seen a single movie he's starred in because he…

Their Finest

17 Feb 20173 stars

GFF 2017: Gemma Arterton lights up this WWII dramedy from Lone Scherfig

With a sometimes uneasy mix of parody and patriotism, this wartime dramedy from Lone Scherfig (An Education, The Riot Club) concerns itself with the making of a WWII propaganda film. Their Finest sports a high-calibre cast and a knowingness which…

Dad's Army

1 Feb 20163 stars

Faithful but strangely pointless recreation of the classic sitcom, with Catherine Zeta-Jones

Watching Oliver Parker’s big screen take on beloved sitcom Dad’s Army will more than likely leave you with a strange feeling of déjà vu. Set in 1944, this wartime comedy about Home Guard volunteers in the fictional Walmington-on-Sea does a pretty eerie…

Bill Nighy 'got busted' smuggling Marmite

27 Feb 2015

Film gossip

Bill Nighy "got busted" trying to sneak Marmite through airport security. The 65-year-old actor, who stars alongside Dame Judi Dench in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', has revealed his love of Marmite and Yorkshire Tea, both of which he…

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

23 Feb 20153 stars

Spry sequel to the cross-cultural smash featuring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's happy resolution didn't leave much room for a sequel; the film's extraordinary commercial success, however, made this an inevitability. Although the motivations behind its existence are certainly cynical, The Second Best…


8 Sep 20143 stars

Bill Nighy and Dominic West star in a fizzy, feel-good take on an inspiring 80s campaign

Imelda Staunton rolling around a bed with a red dildo laughing is one of the gleeful high points of Matthew Warchus’ unashamedly fizzy, cheering take on the 'Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners' campaign which involved a unique coming together of two…

I, Frankenstein

31 Jan 20141 star

Repetitive CGI battles and lumpen dialogue result in a corpse that shouldn't have been reanimated

There are some stories that reverberate through the ages. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and has since been adapted multiple times in film (most notably with Boris Karloff in 1931) and theatre (including Danny Boyle’s recent…

Bill Nighy not right for vests

15 Sep 2013

Film gossip

Bill Nighy is not "built for vests". The 'About Time' actor - famed for his wiry frame - found it very "unsettling" wearing just an undershirt when he got his first ever acting job, as a bodyguard in an adaptation of 'The Milk Train Doesn't Stop…

The Film Formula: About Time

5 Sep 2013

We analyse the familiar elements in Richard Curtis' time travel romcom

Richard Curtis has made a career writing Richard Curtis Films, so it's no surprise to see About Time sharing some genetic material with the likes of Four Weddings and a Funeral. Bumbling Englishman (Domhnall Gleeson) falling for free-spirited American…

Bill Nighy turned down Doctor Who

14 Aug 2013

TV gossip

Bill Nighy turned down the lead role in 'Doctor Who'. The 'Love Actually' actor felt portraying the iconic Time Lord carried "too much baggage" so rejected an approach, though he refused to say when he was offered the show as he feels it…

About Time

28 Jun 20133 stars

Richard Curtis’ time travelling romantic dramedy is an enjoyable, if familiar, return to form

Things weren’t looking good for Richard Curtis for a while there. Love Actually was tepid slush; The Boat That Rocked sunk. The witty scribe behind Blackadder and Four Weddings lost his mojo entirely whenever he occupied the director’s chair, and we…

Bill Nighy returning to Worricker Trilogy

3 May 2013

TV gossip

Bill Nighy is to reprise his role as Johnny Worricker. The 'Love Actually' star will return to the part of the MI5 spy in 'Turks & Caicos' and 'Salting The Battlefield', the final two parts of 'The Worricker Trilogy' on BBC Two, alongside a string of…

Colin Farrell kicks ass in new Total Recall trailer

2 Apr 2012

Updated CGI, a Biel v Beckinsale punch-up and Bill Nighy among the trailer highlights

Fans of 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Total Recall have had little reason to be impressed by the forthcoming remake of Arnie's second best film (it’s not a patch on T2): casting Colin Farrell in the lead alongside almost forgotten female leads…

Wrath of the Titans

2 Apr 20122 stars

Sloppy sequel with poorly defined characters, starring Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson

From its flimsy concept to its similarly sloppy use of post-conversion 3D, Wrath of the Titans is a sequel that fails to improve on the original in any way. Set 10 years after the events of Clash of the Titans, this pointless follow-up invents a…

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

10 Feb 20122 stars

By-the-numbers old age comedy drama

Early in this by-the-numbers comedy drama, a young salesperson eagerly enthuses to retiring couple Douglas (Bill Nighy) and Jean (Penelope Wilton) that 'the grey pound is very strong at the moment'. We’re quite clearly supposed to see this…