Nighy credits 'Love Actually' for success

Actor Bill Nighy arrives at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California...

Actor Bill Nighy arrives at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 15, 2012. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

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Bill Nighy will be forever grateful for his role on modern Christmas classic Love Actually because it made him famous in America.

The actor played aging rock and roll legend Billy Mack in the 2003 movie, which also starred Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley.

And Nighy is convinced his appearance in the all-star movie made him "castable" in the U.S. and changed the path of his career.

Speaking to U.K. TV host Kate Garraway, he says, "Love Actually changed the way I go to work. It made me familiar in America, which meant I was castable. I have great fond memories of it and it really did change my professional life."


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