Bill Nighy on About Time, State of Play and his new film, Living | BFI LFF 2022 Screen Talk


The star of Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead and About Time talks about his career at the 2022 BFI London Film Festival, presented in partnership with American Express (5-16 October).

Few actors are as consistently impressive as Bill Nighy. After more than a decade of steadily building acclaim in theatre, radio and television, Nighy came to greater national and international attention for droll turns in late 90s comedic roles such as Still Crazy (1998) and TV mockmentary series People Like Us. Roles in the early 2000s showed his terrific range: touching British ensemble drama Lawless Heart (2001); cult vampire series Underworld and Richard Curtis’ Love Actually (2003), for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

From Hot Fuzz (2007) and the Pirates of the Caribbean series to Limehouse Golem (2016) and Their Finest (2016), he’s continued to shine in everything he’s done since. And Living (LFF 2022) is built around him, with the gifted actor in almost every shot. It’s a sublime performance – mournful, wry, epiphanic and one exuding empathy and humanity.


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