Their Finest: Bill Nighy's fading idol gets recognised by a fan in exclusive new clip

Bill Nighy returns to our screens on 21 April in Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest’.

The acclaimed director’s adaptation of Lissa Evans novel sees the ‘Love Actually’ star playing a fading matinee idol in a Blitz-torn 1940 London, and we’re thrilled to share a brand new look at the film.

The clip shows Nighy’s Ambrose Hilliard walking with his agent Sammy Smith (Eddie Marsan). A collector for the Spitfire fund recognises the actor, best-known for playing serial star Inspector Charnforth, and asks him to do a line from one of his most famous adventures. Pleased for the attention, Hilliard to happy to oblige a fan.

Watch the clip in full above.

Bill Nighy plays ageing movie star Ambrose Hilliard in this new clip from 'Their Finest' (Lionsgate)
Bill Nighy plays ageing movie star Ambrose Hilliard in this new clip from ‘Their Finest’ (Lionsgate)

‘An Education’ director Lone Scherfig is helming this starry adaptation of Lissa Evans’ hit 2009 novel about the making of a crucial propaganda film during Britain’s darkest days. Gemma Arterton (‘The Girl With All The Gifts’) takes the lead as Catrin Cole, a copywriter drafted in for screenwriting duties by the Ministry of Information, who must work with Sam Claflin’s belligerent Tom Buckley and “do their bit” for the war effort by producing a new feature film against a very tight deadline.

The film, a heartwarming tale of derring do set amidst the evacuation of Dunkirk, sees Nighy’s character playing a drunken sailor, although he’s very resistant to the idea at first.

The UK quad poster for Lone Scherfig's 'Their Finest' featuring Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, and Bill Nighy (Lionsgate)
The UK quad poster for Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest’ featuring Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, and Bill Nighy (Lionsgate)

Here’s the synopsis: 1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered with fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), the pair, along withfading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), reluctantly joins forces on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the US public.

Bill recently reprised his iconic ‘Love Actually’ role of ageing rocker Bill Mack in ‘Red Nose Day Actually‘, a charity special for Comic Relief.

‘Their Finest’ is coming to UK cinemas on 21 April. Watch a trailer below.

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