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Bill Nighy

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William Francis "Bill" Nighy (pronounced /ˈnaɪ/; born 12 December 1949) is a Golden Globe- and BAFTA-award winning English actor. He started working in theatre and television, before his first cinema role in 1981, and is perhaps best known to international film audiences for his roles in Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Notes on a Scandal, Underworld, Hot Fuzz, The Constant Gardener and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Nighy was born in Caterham, Surrey, the son of Catherine Josephine (née Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who managed a car garage and worked as a mechanic. He has two older siblings, Martin and Anna. Nighy attended the John Fisher School in Purley. He trained at the Guildford School of Acting, formerly known as The Guildford School of Dance and Drama.

After two seasons at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, Nighy made his London stage debut at the National Theatre in an epic staging of Ken Campbell and Chris Langham's Illuminatus!, which opened the new Cottesloe Theatre on 4 March 1977, and went on to appear in two David Hare premieres, also at the National.

He has starred in many radio and television dramas, notably the BBC serial The Men's Room (1991). He claimed that the serial, an Ann Oakley novel adapted by Laura Lamson, was the job which launched his career. More recently he has featured in the thriller State of Play (2003) and costume drama He Knew He Was Right (2004). He played Samwise Gamgee in the 1981 BBC Radio dramatization of The Lord of the Rings (where he was credited as William Nighy), and appeared in the 1980s BBC Radio versions of Yes Minister episodes. He starred alongside Stephen Moore and Lesley Sharp in the acclaimed short radio drama Kerton's Story first aired in 1996. He had a starring role in the 2002 return of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, portraying crooked politician Jeffrey Grainger. He has also made a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.

Two of Nighy's most acclaimed stage performances were in National Theatre productions. Taking the role of Bernard Nightingale, an unscrupulous university don, in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (1993), he engaged in witty exchanges with Felicity Kendal, playing the role of Hannah Jarvis, an author; and he played a consultant psychiatrist in Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange (2000), for which he won an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor, and which transferred to the West End at the Duchess Theatre the following year.

In 2003, Nighy played the role of the Vampire Elder Viktor in the American production Underworld and returned in the same role for the sequel Underworld: Evolution in 2006 and again the same role in the prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. In February 2004, he was awarded the BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as shameless, washed-up rocker Billy Mack in Love Actually, and followed this up at the BAFTA Television Awards in April with the Best Actor award for State of Play. He also appeared in the comedy Shaun of the Dead.

In early 2004, the British tabloid press reported Nighy's partner as saying that he had been offered the coveted role of the Doctor in the 2005 revival of the BBC television series Doctor Who. He is alleged to have told reporters that he had considered but ultimately rejected the offer. The editor of Doctor Who Magazine, Clayton Hickman, had earlier mentioned to the press that Nighy was the first choice of executive producer and writer Russell T Davies. The role was accepted by Christopher Eccleston some weeks later and Davies subsequently claimed that Eccleston had always been the first choice for the role.

In 2005, he appeared as Slartibartfast in the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and also in the one-off BBC One comedy-drama The Girl in the Café. In February 2006, he appeared in scriptwriter Stephen Poliakoff's one-off drama, Gideon's Daughter. Nighy played the lead character, Gideon, a successful events organiser who begins to lose touch with the world around him. This performance won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie in January 2007. Also in 2006, Nighy made his Broadway debut alongside Julianne Moore in The Vertical Hour, which was directed by Sam Mendes at the Music Box Theatre.

Nighy appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, where he played the principal villain, Davy Jones. He reprised the role in the 2007 sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

He also provides the narration for the 2007 BBC series Meerkat Manor. Recently, he played the role of Richard Hart in Notes on a Scandal, for which he was nominated for a London Film Critics Circle award. He has twice played burned-out rock stars: Ray Simms in Still Crazy and Billy Mack in Love Actually.

With the announcement of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Nighy will reprise the role of Viktor. Filming began in January 2008. David Yates has said that Nighy would be his first choice for the role of Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Nighy is also set to star in a film Wild Target alongside Helena Bonham Carter. It will be filmed on Isle of Man and London.

Nighy shared a 27-year-relationship with actress Diana Quick, with whom he has a daughter, Mary (born 1984).

He is a supporter of Crystal Palace Football Club and is the Patron of the CPFRIS (Crystal Palace F.C. Fast Results & Information Service) Disabled Children's Club. Nighy lives near the director Richard Curtis in Suffolk.

He has Dupuytren's contracture, a condition which causes the ring and perhaps other fingers of each hand to be permanently bent inwards towards the palm.

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Davy Jones (Pirates of the Caribbean)

From reel to reality: Davy Jones is brought to life.

David Jones is a fictional character from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and is loosely based on the old seaman's legend of Davy Jones’ Locker. Jones made his first appearance as the main antagonist in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest portrayed by actor Bill Nighy through Motion capture. The computer-generated imagery used to complete Jones was highly praised, and named by Entertainment Weekly as the second most convincing computer generated film character in film history, only behind King Kong from the 2005 film adaptation of the same name, and before Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. The work on Davy Jones by Industrial Light and Magic earned Dead Man's Chest the 2006 Academy Award for Visual Effects. Nighy returned to reprise his role of Davy Jones in the third film, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, as a one of the two major antagonists (the other being Lord Cutler Beckett).

In the Pirates trilogy, Davy Jones is the captain of the Flying Dutchman (a feared ghost ship of the same name featured in nautical lore ), and roams the seas in search of souls to serve upon his vessel for a century. He was previously the lover of Calypso, a "heathen goddess" from which a bad relationship turned him antagonistic. Jones is the legend behind the fictitious Dead Man's Chest, a major aspect of the second film.

The legend of Davy Jones' Locker is hundreds of years old and originally not connected to the legend of the Flying Dutchman.

The character's act of removing and concealing his heart draws on a well-established theme in which the villain is rendered immortal by sacrificing its humanity. Examples of this range from ancient mythology (particularly the Legend of Koschei) to modern concepts of the undead and demons. Similarly to the ghost pirate LeChuck in the classic computer game The Secret of Monkey Island, Davy Jones is a villainous, undead captain whose immortality is a curse resulting from his broken heart. Davy Jones was depicted by sailors in all of maritime history as the devil of the sea. Several books have described a man that resembles a creature of the sea.

Davy Jones' pipe organ may be a reference to the fictional Captain Nemo, the main character of Jules Verne´s famous novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, who had a pipe organ aboard his submarine Nautilus. The character of Davy Jones playing his pipe organ is reminiscent of 'haunted villain' characters, who often play the organ as an outlet of their anguish. Davy Jones possesses a musical locket, which is one of a pair that belongs to Calypso. This is similar to El Indio, the villain of Sergio Leone's For a Few Dollars More, who possessed one of a pair of musical pocket-watches, and also seems to be tormented by the object's connection with a lost love. One scene that in At World's End that is extremely similar to For a Few Dollars More is when Calypso is playing her locket and when her tune ends it is picked up again by Davy Jones', who then appears in the scene, referencing the climactic fight at the end of the Spaghetti Western. Gore Verbinski has admitted the influence of Leone's work. In addition, during the parlay just before the climactic battle in At World's End, the theme music that accompanies the scene is nearly identical to the music from the climactic confrontation at the end of Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West.

Jones's relationship to the sea goddess Calypso, as well as his (abandoned) charge of ferrying the souls of those who die at sea link him to Greek and Roman mythology, specifically Charon, the boatman of Hades.

Before officially casting Bill Nighy producers also met with Jim Broadbent, Iain Glenn and Richard E. Grant for the role.

Davy Jones was born in Scotland; nothing is known about his youth. He fell in love with Calypso, the "heathen god" of the sea who gave him the charge of ferrying souls which died at sea to the "other side". Calypso gave Davy Jones the Flying Dutchman to accomplish this task. Her reason for this is unknown. She swore that after ten years she would meet him and they would spend one day together before he returned to his duties. He kept to his charge for ten years, knowing he would see his love again. Calypso however, after those ten years, failed to show up because of her capricious nature, which had drawn Jones to her in the first place. Enraged and heart-broken, Jones turned the Pirate Brethren against her, saying that if she was removed from the world, they would be able to claim the seas for themselves. They assembled in the First Brethren Court and Jones taught them how to imprison her into her human bonds (Tia Dalma); the Court agreed with him to imprison her forever.

Jones then proceeded to rip out his heart and place it in the Dead Man's Chest. Containing a powerful lock, the Chest was sealed and placed within a larger wooden chest along with Jones' numerous love letters to Calypso. This was then buried on Isla Cruces, a plague island. Jones then departed, keeping his unique double-stemmed key to the Chest with him at all times. Since then, Jones has abandoned his post and sailed the seas, making deals and doing as he pleased. Though immortal, his disregard for his duty brought punishment, mutating him into a parody of humanity, and with him his ship and whomsoever served on it. The lore of the "feared Flying Dutchman" begins as Jones' eerie ship sailed about destroying ships to recruit for crew. With his supernatural power, he becomes ruler of the oceans' realm and comes to command the Kraken, a feared mythological sea monster.

In the book series about the earlier adventures of fictional character Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones shows interest in the Sword of Cortés, which Jack is seeking. He is a minor character, but finally appears in the cliff-hanger ending to book 7 when Jack and his crew encounter the Flying Dutchman.

After Cutler Beckett sunk Jack Sparrow's Wicked Wench, Davy Jones approaches Sparrow with a deal: Jones will raise the Wench back from Davy Jones' Locker, allowing Sparrow to be captain for 13 years if Sparrow agrees to serve on the Dutchman then on. Sparrow agrees and the ship is raised, renamed by Sparrow as the Black Pearl.

The character of Captain Davy Jones is introduced in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006); the time now being 13 years later, he seeks to claim Sparrow's soul. It becomes clear that Jack Sparrow and Cutler Beckett are after the Dead Man's Chest and its key; one to buy time against Jones and the other to secure Jones' power over the seas (respectively). After several events (none including Jones), Sparrow and the Black Pearl arrive at what seems to be the Flying Dutchman, but is really a merchant ship destroyed by the Kraken. The real Dutchman rises from the sea and captures the men on board, including Will Turner, who was tricked there by Sparrow. Jones makes his first appearance as he approaches the fearful crew and asks, "Do you fear death?", his catchphrase. After spotting Sparrow on the overlooking 'Pearl he teleports to the ship. Jones confronts Sparrow about their expired deal; in the end, Sparrow agrees to bring to Jones 99 souls (Will being the first of 100) in exchange for Jack's soul. Jones then removes his mark from Jack's hand and retains Turner.

While on the Dutchman, Will challenges Jones at a game of liar's dice, the purpose of which was to find out where Jones hides the key to the Chest. The stakes for which they gambled were Will's soul for an eternity of service, against the key to the Dead Man's Chest. Although Will was saved by his losing father, Bootstrap Bill, Jones did give Will a glimpse of where he kept the key to the Chest. Jones the next morning realizes the key is gone and summons the Kraken to destroy the ship carrying Turner, forcing Bootstrap Bill Turner to watch the scene; the Dutchman then sails to Isla Cruces to stop Sparrow from getting the Chest.

Arriving, Jones sent his crew to retrieve the Chest; they return to him with it. The Dutchman then goes after the Black Pearl, but is outrun and falls back. Jones summons the Kraken instead and it attacks the ship, finally pulling it down onto Davy Jones' Locker along with Jack Sparrow as Jones surveys. He afterwards opens the Chest only to find his heart missing, it having been taken by James Norrington.

Bill Nighy returns as Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, now being under the control of Cutler Beckett for the use of the East India Trading Co. Beckett threatens to have his men shoot Jones' heart should he disobey, knowing that if the heart is destroyed, Jones will die. The Flying Dutchman is ordered to roam the seas in search of pirate ships to destroy, which it does without mercy, much to Beckett's annoyance who needs prisoners to interrogate. Mercer, a henchman of Beckett's, names the Dutchman "a loose cannon". To ensure Jones would obey, Beckett also ordered him to kill the Kraken in case he attempted to use it against him and the East India Trading Co. Lord Beckett afterwards orders Jones to seek and attack the Pirate Lord, Sao Feng; Jones subsequently kills Sao and captures Elizabeth Swann, who had been named captain by Sao Feng upon his death. When Admiral James Norrington dies on board the Dutchman freeing prisoners, Jones claims Norrington's sword (originally crafted by Will Turner) after he attempted to kill Jones. Jones then attempts mutiny and has his men kill the Company's marines on the Flying Dutchman. However, Mercer organizes a defense on the Chest which includes Mullroy and Murtogg aiming cannon at it, forcing Jones to continue under Beckett's service. Beckett later summons Jones to his ship, the Endeavour, where Jones confronts Will Turner again and divulges the truth of his own story while learning of Jack Sparrow's escape from the Locker. The three men then plan to arrive at Shipwreck Cove. Jones later confronts Calypso in her human shape of Tia Dalma, locked in the brig of the Black Pearl; here, the two former lovers engage in a poignant conversation wherein several crucial subplots between the two are revealed, such as the reasons for which Calypso did not meet him after Jones' first decade of service on the Flying Dutchman and the subsequent mutation of Davy Jones. Tia Dalma touches his chest, and Jones is briefly seen in his original human form (also portrayed by Bill Nighy), which bears striking similarities to his grotesque appearance, including a long and full beard with multiple braids parallel to his facial tentacles. Jones, despite his attempts to hate her, seems unable to truly do so and instead tells her that his heart will always be with her. Tia Dalma says that after her release, she will fully give her love to him and will help him fight the Brethren Court. However, Will Turner later reveals to her that Jones had revealed how to enslave her to the Brethren Court, enraging her and terminating her promise to help him.

After the parlay between Cutler Beckett, Will Turner, and Jones with Elizabeth Swann, Hector Barbossa, and Jack Sparrow, the Flying Dutchman and the Black Pearl sail into battle as flagships for their sides. A monstrous maelstrom (caused by the now-free Calypso) forms between them and both enter it, engaging in an epic battle. During the battle, Jones kills Mercer. After Mercer is dead, he fights Jack Sparrow for the Dead Man's Chest - an intense sword fight atop the mast of the Dutchman. In the end of the battle, Jack acquires both the Chest and the key while Jones battles Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. After recevieng a sword slash on the chest, he turns to Will and says: "Did you forget? I'm a heartless wretch!" Knocking him out with Elizabeth , he sees them glance at each other and says scornfully "Ah love a dreadful bond." And later asks Turner if he fears death. Jack appears and asks Jones "Do you?" When realizing that Sparrow has his heart, Jones stabs and twists the sword that Turner crafted into its maker's heart, leaving Sparrow to either save or abandon his friend. Suddenly Will's father jumps upon Jones to fight him, but is quickly defeated. Minutes later, Sparrow places Turner's hand on his broken sword and plunges it into Davy Jones' beating heart, mortally wounding him for a moment. Jones staggers backwards and looks up into the sky, in which a blast of lightning is visible. This implies that he now belongs to Calypso. The heart stops beating and Davy Jones then dies. He tumbles backwards off the ship and falls into the still raging maelstorm.

Davy Jones is a character written to be highly ruthless and sadistic particularly to his crew, believing that every human should suffer in the after-life with much pain This is shown by his proclamation of "Life is cruel. Why should the afterlife be any different!?". Despite Jones' vicious nature, his character has appeared to be deeply influenced by situations involving love and passion as a result of the ruined relationship he had with Calypso, the sea goddess, in the past. As revealed in At World's End, Jones' character fell madly in love with the goddess Calypso. His character's passionate nature is rarely shown to others, such as when he plays his theme on the pipe organ whilst shedding a single tear over Calypso and ultimately meeting her aboard the Black Pearl. Another instance where his soft side is shown is when Captain Jack Sparrow tells him that Will Turner is about to be married. Jones' expression softens considerably after being told this; many fans have even spotted what appear to be tears in his eyes. Other clues reflecting the character's privately romantic side include the matching music-box lockets which Jones and Calypso both possess, the numerous love letters and poems (found with a dried bouquet of yellow roses) stashed along with his heart when it was found in Dead Man's Chest, and the moment that shows him staring at Elizabeth's wedding dress floating amongst the debris of the just-sunken Edinburgh Trader, with the locket's melody playing with the scene. During the climax of At World's End, he taunts Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann when he realized their apparent relationship, stating that love is a dreadful bond which can be easily severed .

In the films, Jones possesses a locket that plays a distinguishable melody, and he is known to play the same melody on his pipe organ. This melody is also his character’s theme, and can be heard throughout the film's score. It comes in two variations: The soundtrack version and the film version. The soundtrack version is never heard in its full splendor during the film (only in the end credits), and its melody is heard only in Dead Man's Chest. The film version is played in both films multiple times, and is heard last during the climax of the film. Because Jones and Calypso own matching locket musicboxes, Tia Dalma's theme is similar to that of Davy Jones, albeit in a different arrangement.

It can also be noted that Davy Jones is often "quirky" throughout film. Producers of Dead Man's Chest originally assumed the character to be serious, though when Bill Nighy began his acting on set, he incorporated very unexpected "quirky" bodily and facial movements, including the Scottish accent and a slight nervous tic of the left eye, making the character more "interesting" than presumed.

Davy Jones' physique was designed by the films' producers to be a mixture of various aquatic flora and fauna features. Jones' most striking feature is his cephalopod-like head, primarily a "beard" composed of octopus-like tentacles similar to the head of Cthulhu. A prominent sac bulges from under his barnacle-encrusted tricorne. The face's color was inspired by a coffee-stained styrofoam cup which was then scanned into ILM's computers to be used as the skin. Possibly because his nose no longer seems to exist, he breathes through a siphon located on the left side of his face. The character of Davy Jones has also a crustacean-style claw for his left arm, a long tentacle in place of the index finger on his right hand, and the right leg of a crab (resembling a pegleg). He also speaks with a clearly distinguishable Scottish accent. Originally, director Gore Verbinski wanted Jones to be Dutch, as he is the captain of the 'Dutch-man. Nighy however responded, "...I don't do Dutch. So I decided on Scottish".

Throughout the films, Jones uses the octopus-like arms of his "beard" to manipulate objects, such as the Dead Man's Chest key (he shows this during a game of Liar's Dice), his hat (when his ship submerges), and the keys of his vast pipe organ. Because his claw consists of only two parts (neither of which can move laterally), he can only strike one key with that hand. However, his "beard" plays more than twenty keys at once. Jones' computer generated tentacles are also used as a weapon in one situation, wherein he intrudes into Mercer's head by inserting his tentacles into several facial openings until finally breaking his neck.

In At World's End, Jones briefly appears as his original, human self during his final personal encounter with Tia Dalma. His human appearance reflects that of his disfigured, mutated appearance, having a thick beard consisting of several braided rows that mimic the various tentacles. It was revealed in this same scene that Jones' mutation was a curse he brought on himself by breaking his oath to ferry lost souls to World's End.

Davy Jones' character was given a large arsenal of supernatural abilities at his disposal. Though normally relying on the strength of his crew, ship, and the Kraken, Jones has proven quite powerful on his own. He is seen in At World's End as a brilliantly skilled swordsman and was able to break Jack Sparrow's sword with his crab-claw hand as well as defeat everybody that opposed him. The only 3 people that seem to be able to fight on par with Jones are Jack, Will, and Elizabeth in swordsmanship. Jones is capable of teleportation on board the Flying Dutchman and the Black Pearl and can pass through solid objects, although he is never seen going through people. Having no heart, Jones is immortal, capable of surviving fatal wounds. However, he is not impervious to pain, as demonstrated when Jack was able to cut off some of his facial tentacles during their battle, causing a scream of anguish. The same tentacle, displaying both animation and loyalty to its master, later inched across the ship deck with the key to Jones' chest. Jones can also track any soul that is owed to him using the black spot, which any member of his crew can give but only he can take back.

Davy Jones' character has only two real weaknesses: his inability to come on land, and his heart. Anyone who possesses his heart can "control" him by extortion. Because he can only go on land once every decade, Davy Jones sends his crew to accomplish whatever task he needs done on land. However, in At World's End, Jones is seen on "land" (actually a sandbar in the middle of the ocean,) standing in a bucket of water, which means that there may be several loopholes to this rule.

As Davy Jones was appointed by Calypso to be the one to use Flying Dutchman to ferry the souls of those who died at sea, he cannot die without a successor. This is expressed with the phrase "The Dutchman must have a captain", repeated over the course of the film, which means that whoever kills Davy Jones has to take his place as the new captain of the Flying Dutchman and ferry the lost souls to the other world. This position is eventually assumed by Will Turner.

Jones has also the power to control and call forth the Kraken, a sea monster which can destroy ships upon command by Jones.

Davy Jones was part of Series One of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest action figure set produced by NECA. Although the initial run of figures had a sticker on the box that proclaimed that the figure came with the Dead Man's Chest and Jones' heart, both props (as well as the key) were released with the Bootstrap Bill figure in Series Two. Jones also made an appearance as a smaller figure with crew members Angler, Wheelback and Penrod. Jones was issued as a plush toy as part of Sega's "Dead Man's Chest" plush assortment. Jones was also part of a 3 figure pack as a 3.75 inch figure with Hector Barbossa and a limited edition gold Jack Sparrow for At World's End. Davy Jones and his ship, the Flying Dutchman, were produced as a Mega Blocks set for the movies Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. Although his minifigure counterpart in the Dead Man's Chest set has more bluish tentacles then his counterpart in the At Worlds End set, which has more greenish tentacles.

According to NECA, there are plans to make a human Davy Jones figure (which has now been released), and a Battle Pose Davy Jones, like the At World's End series 1 Battle Pose Jack Sparrow, though nothing official is known as of yet. A children's and adult Halloween costumes were released for Halloween 2007.

Hot Toys have also announced plans to make a 1:6 version of Davy Jones which will be available Q2 2008, which is widely regarded as more detailed than those produced by NECA.

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State of Play (TV serial)

State of Play is a British television drama serial, first broadcast on BBC One in 2003. Produced in-house by the BBC, in association with independent production company Endor Productions, it was created and written by Paul Abbott, directed by David Yates and starred David Morrissey, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Polly Walker, Bill Nighy, and James McAvoy. It tells the story of a newspaper's investigation into the death of a young woman, and centres around the relationship between the leading journalist and his old friend, the woman's employer.

The serial begins with the murder of a young man, apparently a drugs killing, and the apparently coincidental death of Sonia Baker, the young researcher for Member of Parliament Stephen Collins (Morrissey). As the deaths are investigated by journalist Cal McAffrey of The Herald (Simm) and his colleagues (including Kelly Macdonald as Della Smith and Bill Nighy as editor Cameron Foster) it appears that not only were the deaths connected, but that a conspiracy links them with oil industry-backed corruption of high-ranking British government ministers.

The serial was Paul Abbott's first attempt to write a political thriller, and he initially made the majority of the plot up as he went along. He was prompted to write the serial after BBC Head of Drama Jane Tranter asked whether he would rather write something "bigger" than he had usually written so far in his career. The serial was Abbott's third major writing project for the BBC, following Clocking Off (2000-2003) and Linda Green (2001-2002).

Transmitted on BBC One on Sunday evenings at 9pm, State of Play consisted of six one-hour episodes and ran from 18 May to 22 June 2003. Episodes two to five were actually premiered on the digital television station BBC Four at 10pm on the nights of the preceding episodes' BBC One showings – episode six was held back for a BBC One premiere so as not to allow the final twists to be spoiled for those who did not have access to digital television. In 2004, the serial ran in the United States on the BBC's BBC America cable channel.

In 2005 the serial was released on DVD by BBC Worldwide, in a two-disc set. Episode one features an audio commentary from Abbott and Yates, and episode six a commentary from Yates, producer Hilary Bevan-Jones and editor Mark Day.

The success of the production led to Abbott being commissioned to write a sequel, which as of January 2006 was partly written– it was commissioned before the first had even been transmitted, so impressed were BBC executives with the original. However, by 2006 the second series appeared to have officially been abandoned. Abbott, talking to Mark Lawson on BBC Radio 4's Front Row in November 2006, said that he couldn't find a way to make the story work. However, on 25 April 2007, Abbott was quoted in the Sun newspaper as saying that he was currently writing scripts for a second, six-episode series of State of Play, with John Simm and Bill Nighy reprising their roles.

Bill Nighy won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his role. The series also won BAFTAs for Best Sound (Fiction/Entertainment) and Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment). It was nominated, but did not win, in the Best Actor category again, for Morrissey; in the Best Drama Serial category; Best Original Television Music and Best Photography and Lighting. It also won major awards from the Royal Television Society, Banff Television Festival, Broadcasting Press Guild, Cologne Conference, Directors Guild of Great Britain, Edgar Awards, and the Monte Carlo TV Festival.

State of Play is being adapted into a feature film, scheduled for release in 2009. The plot will be similar to that of the original six-hour programme, retaining the main characters, but condensing and changing certain aspects in order to fit the two-hour format and changing the location to the United States.

The adaptation is directed by Kevin Macdonald and is written by Matthew Michael Carnahan. Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren will appear in the lead roles.

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Richard Curtis

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Award- winning Academy Award- nominated British screenwriter, known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually, as well as the hit TV sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley.

Curtis was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Glyness S. and Anthony J. Curtis, who was an executive at Unilever. Curtis and his family lived in several different countries during his childhood, including Sweden and the Philippines. Part of the family still lives in Sydney, Australia. Curtis has lived in England since he was 11. He began school at Papplewick School, Ascot (as did his younger brother; Jamie), before he won a scholarship to Harrow, where he was head of school. He achieved a first-class degree in English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, and it was at Oxford that he met, and began working with, Rowan Atkinson.

Curtis was the co-writer with Philip Pope of the Hee Bee Gee Bees' single "Meaningless Songs (In Very High Voices)" released in 1980 to parody the style of a series of Bee Gees disco hits. He then began to write comedy for film and TV. He was a regular writer on the TV series Not the Nine O'Clock News, where he wrote many of the show's songs with Howard Goodall and many sketches, often with Rowan Atkinson. First with Atkinson, and later with Ben Elton, Curtis then wrote the Blackadder series from 1983 to 1989, each season focusing upon a different era in British history. Atkinson played the lead throughout, but Curtis remains the only person to have been a writer for every episode of Blackadder. The pair continued their collaboration with the comedy series Mr. Bean. which ran from 1990-1995.

In 1994, Curtis created and co-wrote The Vicar of Dibley for comedienne Dawn French, which was a great success. In the 2004 survey Britain's Best Sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley was voted the third best sitcom in British history and Blackadder the second, making Curtis the only screenwriter to have created two shows within the poll's top ten programmes.

Around this time, Curtis began writing films. One of his first successes was The Tall Guy in 1989, starring Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson: a romantic comedy which set the scene for Four Weddings, and produced by Working Title films. The TV movie Bernard and the Genie followed in 1991.

By this point, Curtis had already achieved his breakthrough success with the romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. The 1994 film, starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, was produced on a limited budget by the British production company Working Title Films. Four Weddings and a Funeral proved to be a colossal hit, the biggest grossing British film in history at that time. It made an international star of Grant, and Curtis' Oscar nomination for the script catapulted him to prominence. In addition, the film was nominated for Best Picture.

Curtis' next film was also for Working Title, which has remained his artistic home ever since. 1999's Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, broke the record set by Four Weddings and a Funeral to become the top-grossing British film of all time. The story of a lonely travel bookstore owner who falls in love with the world's most famous movie star was directed by Roger Michell.

Curtis' next film for Working Title was not an original script. Instead, he was heavily involved with the adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary from novel to film. Curtis knew the novel's writer Helen Fielding. Indeed, he has credited her with saying that his original script for Four Weddings and a Funeral was too upbeat and needed the addition of a funeral. He is credited on Bridget Jones's Diary as co-writer.

Two years later Curtis re-teamed with Working Title to write and direct Love Actually. Curtis has said in interviews that his favorite film is Robert Altman's Nashville and the sprawling, multi-character structure of Love Actually certainly seems to owe something to Altman. The film featured a who's who of British actors, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley, in a loosely connected series of stories about people in and out of love in London in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The Girl in the Cafe was produced by the BBC and HBO as part of the Make Poverty History campaign's Live 8 efforts in 2005. The film stars Bill Nighy as a civil servant and Kelly Macdonald as a young woman with whom he falls in love while at a G8 summit in Iceland. Macdonald's character pushes him to ask whether the developed countries of the world cannot do more to help the most impoverished. The film was timed to air just before the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005. The film received three Emmy Awards in 2006 including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Kelly Macdonald, and an Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special trophy for Curtis himself.

In May 2007 he received the Fellowship award at the BAFTA Television awards. The award was given in recognition of his successful film career and his charity efforts.

Curtis cowrote with Anthony Minghella an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency which Minghella shot in the summer of 2007 in Botswana. It premiered on the BBC on March 23, 2008, just days after Minghella's death. It is already available on DVD in the UK, but is not expected to air in the US until 2009, on HBO.

He is currently finishing post-production on his second film as writer/director, The Boat That Rocked, about the DJs on pirate radio stations run on boats in the North Sea in the 1960s, when the BBC only broadcast two hours of pop music a week. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans and Kenneth Branagh. It is scheduled to be released in early 2009.

Curtis was a founder of both Comic Relief and Make Poverty History. He organised the Live 8 concerts with Bob Geldof to publicise poverty, particularly in Africa, and pressure G8 leaders to adopt his proposals for ending it.

He talked to the producer of American Idol to do a show where the celebrities were brought to Africa to experience the poverty level and raise charity in an American Idol: Idol Gives Back.

Curtis lives in Walberswick, Suffolk - the same village in which former BBC1 controller Peter Fincham has a weekend retreat - with script editor and broadcaster Emma Freud, with whom he has four children, all born in Westminster, London: Scarlett Kate Curtis (born 1995), Jake Daniel Curtis (born 1997), Charlie Spike Curtis (born 2001) and Spike Callum Curtis (born late 2003/early 2004). The plot of Four Weddings was based loosely on his relationship with Emma Freud - they kept meeting at other peoples' weddings, before agreeing to live together unmarried.

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Viktor (Underworld)


Viktor is one of the fictional Vampire Elders in the gothic horror-action Underworld mythos, portrayed by Bill Nighy in Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

Viktor was a Hungarian general and warlord. As Viktor neared the end of his life, Marcus Corvinus, the first true Vampire, came with an offer: Immortality in exchange for Viktor's military expertise and army in waging a campaign against the spawns of Markus' own werewolf brother, William. When Markus converted Viktor, who had accepted the quid pro quo due to his fear of death, the general became a formidable Vampire Elder. The Death Dealers were subsequently created from Viktor's Hungarian army.

In 1202, Viktor led a successful campaign against William. He promised Markus that he would not harm William, despite the powerful werewolf's uncontrollable nature. Viktor and Amelia, his most trustworthy political consort, ultimately managed to locate William in the ruins of a Hungarian settlement, where he had infected the villagers during one of his countryside attacks. The vampires captured the volatile wolf with Markus' consent, but Viktor betrayed his fellow Elder in a exhibition of his newfound political muscle, giving orders to keep William as far away from his twin brother as possible. Viktor proceeded to lock the forefather of the Lycans away in a fortress, its exact location unknown to Markus for obvious reasons. However, with the Death Dealers unquestionably loyal to Viktor, Markus could do nothing for fear of his own assassination. Viktor himself kept two keys to William's dungeon: one under his chest, in his ribs, and the other around his daughter Sonja's neck, cleverly hiding it under Markus's nose.

The relationship between the two Vampire Elders was always strained. Viktor, with Amelia's support and his own political genius, undercut Markus' power as ruler of the Vampire coven, ensuring that he would never have the strength to liberate his brother and form a resistance. However, Viktor never staged an outright coup against Markus, as he had been informed that, should Markus ever die, all in his bloodline would follow him to the grave - including Viktor and the rest of the council. To prevent this from happening, the chain was constructed by the Elders, a system where only one Elder reigned over the coven while the other two slumbered. Viktor even domesticated the Vampires' former enemies, using the Lycans as watchdogs to guard them during the daylight hours. Eventually, Viktor's autocratic actions sparked an outright war between the vampires and the Lycans.

Viktor's daughter, Sonja, fell in love with a Lycan servant named Lucian and became pregnant. Viktor eventually discovered this and feared the blending of the species that would result when the child was born. He condemned Sonja, her unborn child and Lucian to death. Sonja was burnt alive by exposing her to sunlight as Lucian watched in horror. That night, Lucian used the full moon to transform and escape - but not before taking Sonja's pendant with him. Although he appeared as an emotionless authority at the time, Sonja's death haunted Viktor for the rest of his life. Ironically, it even led to his own demise and the creation of the first lycan-vampire hybrid.

After the judgment of his wife, Lucian waged a war on the fortress of Viktor's coven, confronting his former master and engaging him in a fierce duel. Although Viktor was more powerful, Lucian had one decisive advantage: sunlight, which burned the flesh of any vampire that came into contact with it. Using the rising sun to subdue the Elder, Lucian temporarily ended the reign of Viktor by stabbing him in the mouth and tossing his supposed corpse into the water. However, death does not come easily for the ancients.

Viktor, determined to keep the location and map of the dungeon a secret from Markus and Lucian, slaughtered the family of the man he had commissioned to design it. He spared the man's daughter, Selene, however, as she reminded him of his beloved Sonja. He converted her into a vampire soon afterwards. The war raged on, and eventually drew to a close after Lucian was seemingly killed by Kraven in a raid that was sanctioned by the Elder. After this, Viktor gathered more power for himself, ascending as the leader of the Old World coven, Ordoghaz, and going so far as to alter history. In the revised version of history set out by Viktor, he was the oldest and strongest of the vampires, and Markus' true heritage was never told. In time, he exiled the official historian of the coven, Andreas Tanis, who knew that Markus preceded Viktor in conception due to his access to hidden documents.

In the present day, Viktor was hibernating, not to be awakened for another one-hundred years. However, Selene was determined to awaken Viktor from his slumber because she believed only he would have the power to deal with the apparent conspiracy between Ordoghaz's regent, Kraven, and Lucian. A furious Viktor confronted his protege, condemning her to be judged for breaking the chain and awakening him ahead of schedule. However, Selene evaded capture, and returned with proof of not only Kraven's treachery, but Lucian's plan to use the blood of Michael Corvin to create a Hybrid. Viktor promptly launched a full-scale assault on the Lycan lair, easily breaking the neck of Raze when the transformed Lycan attacked him. He then encountered Selene biting Michael, and, infuriated, proceeded to throw the Lycan through a concrete wall. Unbeknownst to him, Kraven had revealed his duplicity in the death of Selene's family only moments before, furious that his assassination had been considered by the current Elder.

Viktor contended that he had given Selene immortality in return, and that he had only been trying to protect the species from what he perceived as unnatural defilement - only to be confronted by his ultimate fear: Selene's bite had reacted with the Lycan virus and the Corvinus Strain in Michael's body to create a Hybrid, fulfilling Lucian's wish of avenging his fallen wife and unborn child. The two battled. Although Michael's power proved formidable, Viktor's centuries of battle experience proved decisive, and he began to choke Michael to death. A vengeful Selene then sliced a distracted Viktor's head in two with one stroke of his own sword. It seemed inconceivable that a lesser Death Dealer could defeat an Elder of Viktor's stature, but Viktor himself had been pre-occupied with holding down Michael at the time, and it was widely assumed by the coven that Selene had more power than the other Dealers due to Viktor being her Creator.

Later, Viktor's body was retrieved by the Cleaners, an organization led by the original immortal, Alexander Corvinus, that was fully dedicated to cleaning up any indications of a supernatural struggle after the taxing Vampire-Lycan war. Corvinus extracted the key from beneath Viktor's flesh with the intention of destroying the artifact, only to later have it snatched by Markus after he confronted his father.

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The Constant Gardener (film)

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The Constant Gardener is a 2005 drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. The screenplay by Jeffrey Caine is based on the John le Carré novel of the same name. It tells the story of Justin Quayle, a man who seeks to find the motivating forces behind his wife's murder.

The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston, and Bill Nighy. It was filmed on location in Loiyangalani and the slums of Kibera, a section of Nairobi, Kenya. The situation affected the cast and crew to the extent that they set up the Constant Gardener Trust in order to provide basic education for these villages.

The DVD versions were released in the U.S. on January 1, 2006 and in the UK on March 13, 2006.

The film is about a love story set against a conspiracy of power and dirty deeds. In London, Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) meets and falls in love with outspoken lefty Tessa (Rachel Weisz) a beautiful young activist who persuades him to take her back with him to Africa.

Justin Quayle, a shy, low-rung British diplomat and horticultural hobbyist in Kenya, is one to avoid making a fuss until he learns that his wife was found dead on the veld. Tessa has been murdered at a crossroads, along with her African driver. Her colleague, a doctor named Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Kounde), is initially suspected of her murder, but is later revealed to also have been murdered on the same day as Tessa. Various rumour bound that the two were having an affair, however it is later revealed that Bluhm is, in fact, homosexual.

As the mystery surrounding his wife's death unfolds, the quiet and self-effacing Quayle is radicalised in his determination to get to the bottom of his wife's murder. He is soon running up against a drug corporation exercising its power to both ignore the easily treated diseases of the third world and use Africa's "disposable" population for unofficial research and development. Pete Postlethwaite is Lorbeer, a weather-beaten drug company man who works in the field – at what, it is dangerous to say.

Danny Huston plays Sandy Woodrow, the British high commissioner on the scene. Bill Nighy is Sir Bernard Pellegrin, head of the Foreign Office, and thus Justin and Sandy's boss.

The film was nominated for the 2005 Golden Globe Awards in the following categories: Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director and Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role (Rachel Weisz).

Weisz won the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role at the 2005 Golden Globes for her performance in the film, as well as the 2005 Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Supporting Actress for Weisz, which she won. In their home country, it had the indications for BAFTA 2006, with 10 indications, including Best Film and Best Director, the biggest number of indications between all the competitors, but it won only one prize, Best Editing for Claire Simpson.

The film has won the awards of Best Film at the London Critics Circle Film Awards, British Independent Film Awards and Evening Standard British Film Awards. The film also gained the SDFCS Awards. Weisz has won six awards for the film altogether. The film won three prizes for Best Film respectively. Overall to date, the film has won 18 awards and a further 40 award nominations.

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