| 10.1°C Dublin

Close

Premium

'I don't watch my films... it takes too long to recover' - Bill Nighy on overcoming stage fright to a sparkling acting career

 

Close

Funny creation: Nighy plays the protagonist's father in the new version of Jane Austen’s Emma

Funny creation: Nighy plays the protagonist's father in the new version of Jane Austen’s Emma

WireImage

Austen power: Taylor-Joy and Nighy in Emma

Austen power: Taylor-Joy and Nighy in Emma

/

Funny creation: Nighy plays the protagonist's father in the new version of Jane Austen’s Emma

Whenever Bill Nighy turns up in a movie, I smile, knowing that whatever else goes wrong, at least I'll have him to entertain me.

You know, in the best possible sense, what to expect from Nighy: the wry smiles, graceful shimmies, will-o'-the-wisp charm and unerring sense of comedy. He's a wonderful screen actor, one of the very few modern performers you could imagine thriving in the Ealing Studios era, and he's as delightful as ever in Emma.

A vivid and lively Jane Austen adaptation that plays up the original novel's comedy, Autumn de Wilde's film stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse, a handsome and clever young woman who spends far too much time disastrously micromanaging the lives of friends and relatives. Hovering anxiously in the background is her father, Mr Woodhouse (Nighy), a neurotic but well-meaning hypochondriac.