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Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy

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First broadcast: Sun 14 Mar 2004

Actor

This week Sue's castaway is the award winning actor Bill Nighy.
Originally from Caterham in Surrey, he left school at 15 without any qualifications and ended up working at his local employment office. He hoped to become an author and began work on The Field magazine as a messenger boy, but then ran away to Paris at seventeen to write a novel. This venture failed and he ended up begging on the streets before returning to Britain and the Guildford School of Drama and Dance.

His first film role was as a delivery boy in Joan Collins' steamy film The Bitch. He's featured in numerous stage, TV, and radio dramas including the acclaimed Men's Room in 1991 and, more recently, in State of Play, where he played a newspaper editor. His career has been described by some critics as a slow burn rather than a beacon, although he's now widely recognised as achieving the acclaim he deserves. In February he won Best Supporting Actor at the Baftas for his role as Billy Mack, a washed up singer in the film Love Actually.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

The Rolling Stones

1.

The Rolling Stones

Gimme Shelter

Performer: The Rolling Stones

Others who chose this artist

James Brown

2.

James Brown

I Feel Good

Performer: James Brown

Others who chose this artist

Bob Dylan

3.

Bob Dylan

Just Like Tom Thumb Blues

Performer: Bob Dylan

Others who chose this artist

The Who

4.

The Who

Won't Get Fooled Again

Performer: The Who

Others who chose this artist

Marvin Gaye

5.

Marvin Gaye

My Love Is Waiting

Performer: Marvin Gaye

Others who chose this artist

John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison

6.

John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison

Healing Game

Performer: John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison

Freaky Realistic

7.

Freaky Realistic

Koochie Ryder

Performer: Freaky Realistic

Others who chose this artist

The Rolling Stones

8.

Castaway's favourite

The Rolling Stones

Winter

Performer: The Rolling Stones

Others who chose this artist

Book

1st edition of 49 Stories by Ernest Hemingway

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Boxed set of blues harps (harmonicas) and instruction book

Others who chose a similar luxury

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