Nighy, Bill 1949–

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Nighy, Bill 1949–

(Billy Mack, William Nighy)


Full name, William Francis Nighy; born December 12, 1949, in Caterham, Surrey, England; son of Alfred Martin (a garage manager) and Catherine Josephine (a psychiatric nurse; maiden name, Whittaker) Nighy; companion of Diana Quick (an actress); children: (with Quick) Mary (an actress). Education: Attended the Guildford School of Dance and Drama. Avocational Interests: Books, music, soccer, walks.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Markham and Froggatt, Ltd., 4 Windmill St., London W1P 1HF, England.


Actor. Van Load (theatre group), founder. Public speaker at various venues. Worked as a messenger. National Society for Epilepsy, spokesperson; also associated with other charitable efforts.


Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Awards, Honors:

Barclays Theatre Award, best actor, c. 1996, for Skylight; Peter Sellers Award for Comedy, Evening Standard British Film awards, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture—comedy or musical, International Press Academy, both 1999, for Still Crazy; Laurence Olivier Award, best actor, Society of West End Theatre, 2001, for Blue/Orange; British Independent Film Award nomination, best actor, 2002, for Lawless Heart; ALFS Award nomination, best supporting actor, London Critics Circle Film awards, 2002, for Lucky Break; Broadcasting Press Guild Award, best actor in a television film, 2003, for The Young Visiters; Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award nomination (with others), best ensemble cast, 2003, Film Award, best performance by an actor in a supporting role, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Peter Sellers Award for Comedy, ALFS Award, British supporting actor of the year, London Critics Circle Film awards, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role, comedy or musical, all 2004, all for Love Actually; Broadcasting Press Guild Award, best actor, 2003, Television Award, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2004, and Royal Television Society Award nomination, best actor—male, 2004, all for State of Play; Broadcasting Press Guild Award, best actor, 2003, and Golden Satellite Award, best actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 2005, both for The Lost Prince; Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, best supporting actor, 2004, for AKA, I Capture the Castle, Lawless Heart, and Love Actually; British Independent Film Award nomination, best supporting actor, 2005, for The Constant Gardener; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, 2006, for The Girl in the Cafe; Satellite Award, best actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, 2006, and Golden Globe Award, best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, 2007, both for Gideon's Daughter; Teen Choice Award, movies—choice sleazebag, 2006, and Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actor, Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films, 2007, both for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; ALFS Award nomination, British actor of the year in a supporting role, 2007, for Notes on a Scandal.


Film Appearances:

Player in Everyman Theatre Company, Occupy!, 1976.

(Scenes deleted) Delivery boy, The Bitch, 1979.

Young man, Death Watch, 1979.

Officer, Little Lord Fauntleroy, GTO, 1980.

Squadron leader Blenkinsop, Eye of the Needle, United Artists, 1981.

Waveband, 1982.

Ear, nose, and throat doctor, Curse of the Pink Panther, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1983.

Al, The Little Drummer Girl, Warner Bros., 1984.

Barton, The Phantom of the Opera (also known as Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera," Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture, El fantasma de la opera, Il fantasma dell'opera, Le fantome de l'opera, O fantasma da opera—O filme, Oopperan kummitus, and Phantom der Opera), 21st Century Releasing, 1989.

Tiger Brown, Mack the Knife (also known as Threepenny Opera, Mack, el chuchillo, and Mackie majcher), 21st Century Releasing, 1989.

Howard Nash, Antonia and Jane, Miramax, 1991.

Julian, Being Human, Warner Bros., 1993.

Jeremy Saville, True Blue (also known as Miracle at Oxford, True Blue—Kapproden, True Blue—kilpasoutu, and True Blue—Sfida sul tamigi), FilmFour, 1996.

Tristan, Indian Summer (also known as Alive and Kicking), First Look Pictures Releasing, 1996.

Edward L. Gardner, FairyTale: A True Story (also known as Fairy Tale, Illumination, Cuento de hadas, Elfy z ogrodu czarow, Encuentros fantasticos, Fairy Tale—Keijukaisten maailma, Favole, Fremde Wesen, Le mystere des fees, Le mystere des fees—Une histoire vraie, O encanto das fadas, and Uma historia de fadas), Paramount, 1997.

Ray Simms, Still Crazy, Columbia, 1998.

Mr. Johnson, Guest House Paradiso, Universal, 1999.

Peter Saunders, The Magic of Vincent (short film), Vera Films, 2000.

Roger "Rog" Chamberlain and King George III, Lucky Break (also known as Rein oder raus), Paramount/Miramax, 2001.

Raymond "Ray" Robertson, Blow Dry (also known as Never Better, Blow Dry—kierot kutriniekat, Coup de peigne, De cabelos em pe, Exito por los pelos, Fujd szarazra, edes!, Hojt haar, and Ueber kurz oder lang), Miramax, 2001.

Dan, Lawless Heart, Optimum Releasing, 2002, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2003.

Uncle Louis Gryffoyn, AKA, 2002, Empire Pictures, 2003.

Billy Mack, Love Actually (also known as Love Actually Is All Around, Untitled Richard Curtis Project, Ahava Ze Kol Ha-Sippur, Igazabol szerelem, O amor acontece, Rakkautta vain, Realmente amor, Reellement l'amour, Simplesmente amor, TatsaechlichLiebe, and To wlasnie milosc), Universal, 2003.

James Mortmain, I Capture the Castle, Momentum Pictures/BBC/Samuel Goldwyn, 2003.

Viktor, Underworld (also known as Anjos da noite, Inframundo, Monde infernal, and Varjojen valtakunta), Screen Gems, 2003.

Philip, Shaun of the Dead (also known as Tea-Time of the Dead, Zombies Party, Ein Zombie kommt selten allein, L'alba dei morti dementi, Muertos de risa, Shaun et les zombies, Shaun of the Dead—Ein Zombie kommt selten allein, and Todo mundo quase morto), United International Pictures/Rogue Pictures, 2004.

Robin, Enduring Love, Paramount, 2004.

Narrator, Enjoyment (also known as Enjoyment—The Film), Universal-Island, 2005.

Sir Bernard Pellegrin, The Constant Gardener (also known as Az elszcent diplomata, The Constant Gardener—La cospirazione, Der ewige Gaertner, El jardinero fiel, La constance du jardinier, O epimonos kipouros, O jardineiro fiel, Prietenie absoluta, and Uskollinen puutarhuri), United International Pictures/Focus Features, 2005.

Slartibartfast, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Buena Vista, 2005.

Voice of Dylan, The Magic Roundabout (animated; also known as Doogal, Sprung! The Magic Roundabout, Pollux—Le manege enchante, and Toefraferoin), Pathe Distributors, 2005, The Weinstein Company, 2006.

Alan Blunt, Stormbreaker (also known as Alex Rider & Stormbreaker, Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, Alex Rider contra o tempo, Alex Rider—Mystiki apostoli, and Alex Rider—Operacao Stormbreaker), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/The Weinstein Company, 2006.

Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (also known as Pirates 2, P.O.T.C. 2, Kariibi mere piraadid—surnud mehe aardekirst, Oi peirates tis Karaivikis: To sedouki tou nekrou, Piratas del Caribe—El cofre de la muerte, Piratas del Caribe—El cofre del hombre muerto, Piratas do Caribe: O bau da morte, Pirates des Caraibes—Le secret du coffre maudit, Pirates of the Caribbean—Doed mans kista, Pirates of the Caribbean—Fluch der Karibik 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Kuolleen miehen kirstu, Pirati dei Caraibi—La maledizione del forziere fantasma, Rummty II, and Shodedy Hakaribim: Teva Shel Eis Met), Buena Vista, 2006.

Richard Hart, Notes on a Scandal, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2006.

Viktor, Underworld: Evolution (also known as Underworld 2, Underworld 2: Evolution, Untitled Underworld Sequel, Anjos da noite—A evolucao, Inframundo: La evolution, Monde infernal: Evolution, and Underworld—Exelixi), Screen Gems/Entertainment Film Distributors, 2006.

Voice of Whitey, Flushed Away (animated; also known as Ratropolis, Aruncat la canal, Bortspolad, Ciutat ratoli, Flutsch und weg, Giu per il tubo, Lo que el agua se llevo, Muis van huis, Pontikoupoli, Por agua abaixo, Ratonpolis, Souris City, and Virran viemaeae), Paramount/United International Pictures, 2006.

Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (also known as Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, P.O.T.C. 3, Piratas do Caribe no fim do mundo, Pirates of the Caribbean—Jusqu'au bout du monde, Pirates of the Caribbean: Maailman laidalla, and Pirati dei Caraibi 3—Fino alla fine del mondo), Buena Vista, 2007.

Metropolitan chief inspector Kenneth, Hot Fuzz (also known as Raging Fuzz and Arma fatal), United International Pictures/Rogue Pictures/Focus Features, 2007.

Robert Langdon, Disgrace, Fortissimo Films/Sherman Films, 2007.

Easy Virtue, Ealing Studios/Odyssey Entertainment, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Colin Street, Fox, Independent Television (England) and Euston Films, 1980.

Vincent Fish, Agony, London Weekend Television, 1980-81.

Goschen, Reilly—Ace of Spies, Thames Television and Euston Films, 1983, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 1983.

Cecil Meares, The Last Place on Earth, Independent Television, 1985, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, c. 1985.

Tom Frewen, Eye of the Storm, Independent Television, 1993.

Jeffrey Grainger, a recurring character, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, BBC, 2002.

Cameron Foster, State of Play, BBC and BBC America, 2003.

Narrator, Meerkat Manor, Animal Planet (Great Britain), beginning 2005, Animal Planet (United States), beginning 2006.

Narrator, The Armstrongs, BBC, beginning 2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Professor Mark Carleton, The Men's Room, BBC, 1991.

George Fox, William Gaskell, John Wesley, and Reverend Charles Burton, God's Messengers, Granada Television, 1994.

Voice of merchant, "Leaving London," The Canterbury Tales (animated), BBC and Sianel 4 Cymru (S4C, Wales), 1998, HBO Family, 1999.

Lord Sandwich, Longitude (also known as Povesti paralele), Channel 4 (England) and Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Voice of merchant, "The Journey Back," The Canterbury Tales (animated), BBC-2, Sianel 4 Cymru, and HBO Family, c. 2000.

Stamfordham, The Lost Prince (also known as Kadonnut prinssi), BBC, 2003, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 2004.

Colonel Osborne, He Knew He Was Right, BBC, 2004, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Nick, Fat, BBC, 1979.

Helmut Hoffmann, Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil, NBC, 1985.

Ronald Marsh, Thirteen at Dinner (also known as Agatha Christie's "Thirteen at Dinner"), CBS, 1985.

Brill, Writing on the Wall, Central Independent Television, 1990.

John Tracey, A Masculine Ending, BBC, 1992.

John Tracey, Don't Leave Me This Way, BBC, 1993.

Earl of Clincham, The Young Visiters, BBC, 2003.

Phil Parish, Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill, Independent Television (England), 2003.

Gideon Warner, Gideon's Daughter, BBC and BBC America, 2005.

Lawrence, The Girl in the Cafe, BBC and HBO, 2005.

Narrator, The Armstrongs: The Movie, BBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Bill, "Soldiers Talking Cleanly," Play for Today, BBC, 1978.

Title role, "Deasey" (also known as "Desperate"), BBC-2 Premiere (also known as BBC-2 Premiere: Deasey), BBC-2, 1979.

Bruno, "Standing in for Henry," BBC2 Playhouse (also known as BBC2 Playhouse: Standing in for Henry), BBC-2, 1980.

William, "Dreams of Leaving," Play for Today, BBC, 1980.

Connor Mullan, "Easter 2016," Play for Tomorrow, BBC, 1982.

Dave, "Under the Skin," Play for Today, BBC, 1982.

Hugh Marriner, Absolute Hell, BBC and PBS, 1991.

Roger Maitland, The Maitlands (also known as Playhouse: The Maitlands), BBC, 1993.

Narrator, Life beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher, BBC, 2003.

The King, the Kaiser, and the Tsar, [Great Britain], 2003.

Narrator, Touts on Tour, Channel 4 (England), 2004.

Himself, Inside "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," 2005.

Some sources cite Nighy as the narrator of The Office Christmas Special, BBC, 2003; as the narrator of Margo, 2003; and as the narrator of a special about Sir Peter Ustinov, c. 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The BAFTA TV Awards 2004, BBC, 2004.

Teaching Awards 2004, 2004.

The Evening Standard British Film Awards, Independent Television 3 (England), 2005.

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Albert Blake, "Say It with Flowers," Softly Softly (also known as Softly, Softly: Task Force), BBC, 1976.

On the Town, 1980.

Oates, "Looking for Micky," Minder, Independent Television (England), 1982.

Himself, Jim'll Fix It, BBC, 1982.

"A Model Murder," Jemima Shore Investigates, Thames Television, 1983.

Lee Sinclair, "The Son of His Father," Crown Court, Granada Television, 1984.

Sam Courtney, "Making News," Storyboard, Thames Television, 1989.

Tony Freeson, South of the Border, BBC, c. 1989.

Barry, "All for Love," Bergerac, BBC, 1991.

Steve Reeves, "Pillow Talk," Boon, Central Television, 1991.

Tom Dickenson, "The Cat Brought It In," Chillers (also known as Mistress of Suspense), 1992.

Alan Sinclair, "Growing Pains," Peak Practice, Independent Television, 1993.

Oliver Latham, "Unnatural Causes," Dalgliesh (also known as Dalgliesh: Unnatural Causes), Anglia Films, 1993, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1993.

David Cleeve, "The Four Jacks," Wycliffe, Independent Television, 1994.

Voice of Belshazzar, "Daniel," Testament: The Bible in Animation (animated), BBC, 1996, also broadcast on HBO.

Look North, c. 1996, c. 2001.

Giles Culpepper QC (queen's counsel), "Ancient History," Kavanagh QC (also known as Kavanagh Q.C.), Central Independent Television, 1997.

Mark Gordon, "The Soft Touch," Insiders, 1997.

"The VAT Man," Insiders, 1997.

Iain Cameron, "One Night Stand," Kiss Me Kate, BBC, 1999.

Will Rushmore, "The Photographer," People Like Us, BBC, 1999.

Lockwood, "Well Schooled in Murder," The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (also known as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: "Well Schooled in Murder" and Auf Ehre und Gewissen), BBC, 2002, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 2003.

Himself, "Is This the World We Created?," Grumpy Old Men, BBC, 2003.

Himself, "So Who's to Blame?," Grumpy Old Men, BBC, 2003.

James Dunbar, "The Wife of Bath," The Canterbury Tales, BBC and BBC America, 2003.

Himself, The Morning Show, BBC, 2003.

Narrator, "Live on the Night," Time Shift (also known as Time Shift: Live on the Night), BBC-4, 2004.

Himself, Liquid News, BBC, 2004.

Himself, Parkinson, BBC, 2004.

Himself, Breakfast (also known as BBC Breakfast), BBC, 2004, 2005 (multiple episodes).

Himself, The Paul O'Grady Show (also known as The New Paul O'Grady Show), Independent Television, 2005.

Himself, "Down the Loo … The Making of Flushed Away," HBO First Look, HBO, 2006.

Narrator, "The Great Robot Race," Horizon, BBC, 2006.

Narrator, "We Love Cigarettes," Horizon, BBC, 2006.

Himself, Richard & Judy, Channel 4 (England), 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Illuminatus! (cycle of plays), Fiction Theatre, Liverpool, England, beginning 1975, National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, London, beginning 1977.

Occupy!, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, England, 1976.

The Warp, ICA Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, England, 1979.

Brian Groman, Illuminations, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 1980.

Stephen Andrews, A Map of the World, National Theatre, London, 1983.

Eaton Sylvester, Pravda: A Fleet Street Comedy (also known as Pravda), National Theatre, 1985-86.

Edgar, King Lear, National Theatre, 1986.

Julian, Mean Tears, National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, 1987.

Betrayal, Almeida Theatre, London, 1991.

Bernard Nightingale, Arcadia, National Theatre, 1993.

Trigorin, The Seagull, National Theatre, 1994.

Tom Sergeant, Skylight, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1997.

Dr. Hornby, A Kind of Alaska, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 1998.

Robert, Blue/Orange, Duchess Theatre, London, 2001.

Collateral Damage II, National Theatre, 2003.

Collateral Damage V, National Theatre, 2003.

President of the United States, Dumped the Musical, Moment by Moment Theatre Company, Arts Education School, Chiswick, England, 2004.

Timmy, Speak Now, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2004.

Oliver Lucas, The Vertical Hour, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 2006-2007.

Appeared as Skinner, Freedom of the City, and as Harold, Under New Management, both Everyman Theatre; as Sloan, Entertaining Mr. Sloan, and appeared in Landscape and Silence, both Gateway Chester Theatre, Chester, England; as Vernon Crouch, Comings and Goings, and appeared in The Immortalist, both Hampstead Theatre, London; as Rosencrantz, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Cambridge Arts, London; in Epitaph for George Dillon, Guildford School; and in The Milk Train Does Not Stop Here Anymore, Watermill Theatre, Newbury, England. Also appeared in benefits, including a performance with Radiohead to benefit Comic Relief.

Major Tours:

Tom Sergeant, Skylight, English cities, c. 1996.

Radio Appearances:

Enquiry, BBC Radio 4, 1979.

Pawn Takes Pawn, BBC Radio 3, 1979.

Geminus, BBC Radio 4, 1980.

The Autonomous Murder Complex, BBC Radio 4, 1981.

The Echoing Grove, BBC Radio 4, 1981.

First Love, BBC Radio 4, 1981.

House of Learning, BBC Radio 4, 1981.

Rare Blood, BBC Radio 4, 1981.

Talk of Love and War, BBC Radio 3, 1981.

Welcome Sister Death, BBC Radio 4, 1981.

(As William Nighy) Voice of Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings, BBC Radio 4, beginning 1981.

Belcher's Luck, BBC Radio 4, 1982.

Bleak House, BBC Radio 4, 1982.

Letter to the Old Man on a Cassette Recorder, BBC Radio 3, 1982.

A Respectable Wedding, BBC Radio 4, 1982.

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, BBC Radio 4, 1982.

Tristam Shandy, BBC Radio 4, 1982.

Until the Real Thing Comes Along, BBC Radio 4, 1982.

With Great Pleasure: Roger McGough, BBC Radio 4, 1982.

Voice of Mr. Wisel, "Open Government," Yes Minister (also known as Yes Minister: Open Government), BBC Radio 4, 1983.

"The Economy Drive," Yes Minister (also known as Yes Minister: The Economy Drive), BBC Radio 4, 1983.

"Jobs for the Boys," Yes Minister (also known as Yes Minister: Jobs for the Boys), BBC Radio 4, 1983.

"The Writing on the Wall," Yes Minister (also known as Yes Minister: The Writing on the Wall), BBC Radio 4, 1983.

The Jigsaw Must Fit, BBC Radio 3, 1983.

Men's Group, BBC Radio 3, 1983.

Never in My Lifetime, BBC Radio 3, 1983.

Romeo and Juliet, BBC Radio 3, 1983.

They Are Dying Out, BBC Radio 3, 1983.

Thirteenth Night, BBC Radio 4, 1983.

Boris Gudunov, BBC Radio 3, 1984.

The Lotus and the Wind, BBC Radio 4, 1984.

Our Mutual Friend, BBC Radio 4, beginning 1984.

Doll, BBC Radio 3, 1985.

An Honest Crust, BBC Radio 4, 1986.

Lex Talionis, BBC Radio 3, 1987.

Ping Pong, BBC Radio 3, 1987.

Victims of Duty, BBC Radio 3, 1987.

Martin Chuzzlewit, BBC Radio 4, beginning 1987.

Cigarettes and Chocolate, BBC Radio 4, 1988.

The Messiah of William Hamlet, BBC Radio 4, 1988.

Sanctions, BBC Radio 4, 1988.

The Slip, BBC Radio 4, 1988.

Mad, Bad, BBC Radio 4, 1989.

The Rogue and the Priest, BBC Radio 4, 1989.

"Out of Bounds," Thirty Minute Theatre (also known as Thirty Minute Theatre: Out of Bounds), BBC Radio 4, 1990.

The Daughter-in-Law, BBC Radio 3, 1990.

Monday Play: The Adonis Bird, BBC Radio 4, 1990.

Pravda, BBC Radio 3, 1990.

Almost Always African, BBC Radio 4, 1991.

Killing Orders, BBC Radio 4, 1991.

Lavender Song, BBC Radio 4, 1991.

Run Man Run, BBC Radio 5, 1992.

Short Story: Kolberg, BBC Radio 4, 1992.

Arcadia, BBC Radio 3, 1993.

Deadlock, BBC Radio 4, beginning 1993.

"Final Payments," Short Stories (also known as Short Stories: Final Payments), BBC Radio 4, 1994.

"The Jaunt," Saturday Night Theatre (also known as Saturday Night Theatre: The Jaunt), BBC Radio 4, 1994.

"Measure for Measure," Sunday Play (also known as Sunday Play: Measure for Measure), BBC Radio 3, 1994.

Ancient Enemies, BBC Radio 4, 1994.

Are You Still Awake, BBC Radio 3, 1994.

Losing Contact, BBC Radio 4, 1994.

The Wedding, BBC Radio 4, 1994.

"Death in the Parish," Medical Detectives (also known as Medical Detectives: Death in the Parish), BBC Radio 4, 1995.

"Dreaming Up Laura," Monday Play (also known as Monday Play: Dreaming Up Laura), BBC Radio 4, 1995.

Blonde for Danger, BBC Radio 4, 1995.

Lessons in Italian, BBC Radio 4, 1995.

Mind Body Problem, BBC Radio 4, 1995.

Onwards and Upwards and Just Carrying On, BBC Radio 4, 1995.

The Diaries of Samuel Pepys, BBC Radio 4, beginning 1995.

The Freedom Trap, BBC Radio 4, beginning 1995.

The Information, BBC Radio 4, beginning 1995.

"Femme Fatale," Beaumarchais (also known as Beaumarchais: Femme Fatale), BBC Radio 4, 1996.

"Kerton's Story," Thirty Minute Theatre (also known as Thirty Minute Theatre: Kerton's Story), BBC Radio 4, 1996.

"The Libertine," Sunday Play (also known as Sunday Play: The Libertine), BBC Radio 3, 1996.

"The Vessel of Wrath," Maugham's Eye View (also known as Maugham's Eye View: The Vessel of Wrath), BBC Radio 4, 1996.

Death at Broadcasting House, BBC Radio 4, 1996.

Soundings (parts one and three), BBC Radio 3, both 1996.

Strangers on a Train, BBC Radio 4, 1996.

2004, BBC Radio 4, 1996.

"The Boy Who Turned into a Bike," The Woman's Hour (also known as The Woman's Hour: The Boy Who Turned into a Bike), BBC Radio 4, 1997.

"More Sinned Against," Sunday Play (also known as Sunday Play: More Sinned Against), BBC Radio 3, 1997.

"The Photographer," People Like Us (also known as People Like Us: The Photographer), BBC Radio 4, 1997.

A Good Read, BBC Radio 4, 1997.

The Information, BBC Radio 4, 1997.

Les Parents Terribles, BBC Radio 3, 1997.

"The First Wife," The Woman's Hour (also known as The Woman's Hour: The First Wife), BBC Radio 4, 1998.

"St. Lucia and Frankfurt," Reading Aloud (also known as Reading Aloud: St. Lucia and Frankfurt), BBC Radio 4, 1998.

"Skylight," Sunday Play (also known as Sunday Play: Skylight), BBC Radio 3, 1998.

The Heat of the Day, BBC Radio 4, 1998.

The Young Ambassadors, BBC Radio 4, 1998.

The Jury, BBC Radio 4, beginning 1998.

No Commitments, BBC Radio 4, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

"Contemplating Adultery," Afternoon Play (also known as Afternoon Play: Contemplating Adultery), BBC Radio 4, 1999.

"Frank the Fifth," Sunday Play (also known as Sunday Play: Frank the Fifth), BBC Radio 3, 1999.

"So Much Blood," Saturday Play (also known as Saturday Play: So Much Blood), BBC Radio 4, 1999.

The Right Set: Court Manners and Etiquette and Tennis Personalities, BBC Radio 4, 1999.

Season's Greetings, BBC Radio 4, 1999.

"The Art of Love," Afternoon Play (also known as Afternoon Play: The Art of Love), BBC Radio 4, 2000.

"Guesses at Most," Sunday Play (also known as Sunday Play: Guesses at Most), BBC Radio 4, 2000.

"Noisy Bodies," Afternoon Play (also known as Afternoon Play: Noisy Bodies), BBC Radio 4, 2000.

Experience, BBC Radio 3, 2000.

Twenty Minutes, BBC Radio 4, 2000.

"The Marie Stopes Story," Chapters and Verses: Treasures of the British Library, BBC Radio 4, beginning 2000.

Death of the Heart, BBC Radio 4, beginning 2000.

"Chess," The War against Cliche (also known as The War against Cliche: Chess), BBC Radio 4, 2001.

"Examination Day," Afternoon Play (also known as Afternoon Play: Examination Day), BBC Radio 4, 2001.

"The Force of Love," The War against Cliche (also known as The War against Cliche: The Force of Love), BBC Radio 4, 2001.

"Red Star Belgrade," Friday Play (also known as Friday Play: Red Star Belgrade), BBC Radio 4, 2001.

"Zeus and the Garbage," The War against Cliche (also known as The War against Cliche: Zeus and the Garbage), BBC Radio 4, 2001.

Spy Nozy and the Poets, BBC Radio 4, 2001.

Three Sisters Two, BBC Radio 4, 2001.

"The Empire of Genghis Khan," Book of the Week (also known as Book of the Week: The Empire of Genghis Khan), BBC Radio 4, beginning 2001.

Blue/Orange, BBC Radio 3, 2002.

Dancing Backwards, BBC Radio 4, 2002.

Koba the Dread, BBC Radio 4, 2002.

"The Half Pair," Fantastic Tales (also known as Fantastic Tales: The Half Pair), BBC Radio 4, 2003.

"King Maestros," Afternoon Play (also known as Afternoon Play: King Maestros), BBC Radio 4, 2003.

"Vongole," Hopes and Desires (also known as Hopes and Desires: Vongole), BBC Radio 4, 2003.

Baldi—The Book Case, BBC Radio 4, 2003.

Daunt and Dervish: South of the Border, BBC Radio 4, 2003.

Intent to Supply, BBC Radio 4, 2003.

The Midwich Cuckoos, BBC Radio 4, 2003.

Turtle Diary, BBC Radio 4, 2003.

"Animal Farm," Book of the Week (also known as Book of the Week: Animal Farm), BBC Radio 4, beginning 2003.

I Think I've Got a Problem, BBC Radio 4, beginning 2003.

Steve Wright in the Afternoon, BBC Radio 2, 2003, 2004, 2005.

All Fingers and Thumbs, BBC Radio 4, 2004.

Book at Bedtime: Fascination "Lunch," BBC Radio 4, 2004.

Cemetery Confessions, BBC Radio 4, 2004.

The Cultural State (two parts), BBC Radio 4, 2004.

Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4, 2004.

The Don, BBC Radio 3, 2004.

The Entertainment, BBC World Service, 2004.

A Series of Murders, BBC Radio 4, 2004.

Sermon on the Mount (solo production), BBC Radio 4, 2004.

"Sicken and So Die," A Charles Paris Mystery (also known as A Charles Paris Mystery: Sicken and So Die), BBC Radio, 2006.

CP Cafavy: Reaching Ithaka, BBC Radio 4, 2006.

Appeared in other radio productions, including "Mother and Son," Classic Serial (also known as Classic Serial: Mother and Son), BBC Radio 4; and Little Dorrit, BBC Radio 4. Also appeared in Chimes, The Overtaker, and Smoker. Some sources cite appearances in other productions, including Henry V, King John, and The Merchant of Venice.



Himself, Lucy's Cam (short), Universal, 2004.

Himself, Shaun of the Dead: EPK Featurette (short), Universal, 2004.

Presenter, First Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards, Directors Guild of Great Britain, 2004.

Burst (short), 2004.

Himself, Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (also known as Don't Crash: The Making of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"), Buena Vista, 2005.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) Slartibartfast, Making of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (short), 2005.


(As William Nighy) J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1981, BBC Audiobooks, 1991.

(As William Nighy) Dick Francis, Enquiry, BBC Audiobooks, 1989, 2004.

Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay, Yes, Minister, Vol. 1, BBC Radio Collection, 1990.

Lionel Davidson, Kolymsky Heights, Random House Audiobooks, 1995.

Samuel Pepys, Samuel Pepys, The Diaries, BBC Audiobooks, 1995.

Bob Read, Spooked!, Hodder Arnold H&S, 1996.

Various authors, "You" Magazine Short Story Collection, CSA Word, 1996.

William Shakespeare, Arkangel Series Shakespeare's "King John," Penguin, 1998.

William Shakespeare, Arkangel Series Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," Penguin, 1998.

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, translated by Rosemary Edmonds, Penguin Classics, 1998.

William Shakespeare, Arkangel Series Shakespeare's "Henry V," Penguin, 1998, The Audio Partners, 2004, Penguin, 2005.

Lydia La Plante, Sleeping Cruelty, Macmillan, 2000.

Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train, BBC Audiobooks, 2004.

Ron Carlson, WordTheatre Presents: "The Gold Lunch" Written by Ron Carlson, HarperCollins, 2006.

John Wyndham, The Midwich Cuckoos, BBC Audiobooks, 2007.

Appeared in other audio recordings, including Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.


(As Billy Mack) "Christmas Is All Around," c. 2003.

Music Videos:

(As Billy Mack) "Christmas Is All Around," c. 2003.



Hotdog, August, 2006, pp. 150-51.

Radio Times, August 13, 1994, p. 19.