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What Actually Happened To Bill Nighy Hands & Fingers?

By MD writer | Updated On: 23 Jun, 2021
What Actually Happened To Bill Nighy Hands & Fingers?

Bill Nighy, a profound award-winning British actor mostly known for Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean, is suffering from a hereditary condition called Dupuytren’s contracture. Several of his fans might have already noticed his contracted fingers on-screen. Well, it is due to the condition that the actor cannot fully straighten his fingers.

The Condition Affected His Hands and Fingers

Fans are always quick to notice even the slightest changes on celebrities. And, of course, Nighy’s fans did not miss to observe his contracted fingers and bombard the internet with questions about his hands.

It is Dupuytren’s contracture that’s causing the problem on his hands. The disease causes the fingers, especially the pinky and ring finger, to bend towards the palm, making it difficult to do regular things such as a handshake, use cutlery, and even fasten a button. After the severity of the condition increases, the fingers tend to get pulled towards the palm and could bend permanently.

Speaking of the condition, it is a hereditary disease passed down through genes. It occurs when a build-up of cells in the palm eventually turns into lumps under the skin. If the condition begins to speed up, it further generates excessive scar tissues consisting of collagen.

However, the disease comes with a major disadvantage. It can not be cured with any medical procedure. Rather the disease progression can be slow down to some extent. As per data, the population suffering from the condition peaks at fifteen million, over thirty-five, in the US alone.

Moreover, along with Nighy, some other famous faces in the US suffer the same condition, to name a few, Ronald Reagan, David McCallum, Margaret Thatcher, etc. 

As reported by The Sunday Times, the actor talked about how his condition started becoming visible early. He said, 

It started in my 20s. It was alarming and I should have had an operation on them at the time, but I didn’t because I was a mess and was frightened.

The actor further added,  

A common misconception of me is that I belong to some secret lodge because I have a spooky handshake! When I shake your hand, two of my fingers go into your palm

Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy. (Source: theplace2)

Nighy’s Career Accomplishments and Net Worth

Starting his career in acting with theatre performances in 1976, the actor is still actively present in the industry at the age of seventy-one. In over four decades of his dedication to his work, Nighy has been in numerous films, series, and theater shows.

Among his works, he is widely recognized for the hits such as Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean, Underworld, Still Crazy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1, and the list goes on.

Moreover, the British screen and stage actor probably is the recipient of several awards and nominations. With a total of ten nominations and fourteen wins, he has bagged awards from the British Acadamy Film Awards, the Brtish Acadamy television Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Critics Awards.

With such massive success in Hollywood, including several Box Office, hits, the star is estimated to have amassed a bulky net worth of 8 million dollars, as a source reports.

Is Bill Nighy Married?

The Skylight actor has a daughter Mary Nighy from his marriage with the English actress Diana Quick. Nighy and Diana got married in 1980 and divorced in 2008 after twenty-eight years of relationship. And, the actor has remained unmarried since. 

Following into the career path of the actor parents, Mary also takes on the same profession and has been working as an actress and filmmaker in the industry since 1998.  

Furthermore, many of his fans also question his sexuality because of his gay character portrayal in Pride. But the actor hasn’t affirmed the gay rumor yet.

Bill Nighy with his wife and daughter, (Source: Induced)


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