Bill Nighy fans share stories of their encounters with the star on Twitter and it's guaranteed to make your day

George Fenwick
Modest: Bill Nighy said it was down to luck that he continues to land film roles (Picture: PA)
Modest: Bill Nighy said it was down to luck that he continues to land film roles (Picture: PA)

There’s no anecdote quite like the celebrity encounter; they unite us in hilarious and comforting ways, and are the perfect way to sustain a dinner party conversation where you don’t really know anyone.

Unfortunately, some are less interesting than others - though these often make for more wholesome stories than others.

This was exemplified by a recent Twitter trend started by user @Mavenofhonour, who prompted a call-out for everyone’s most mundane celebrity encounters.

“Now, more than ever, we should share our most mundane celebrity encounters,” she wrote. “For example, in 2002 I saw Diane Keaton in the Gap”.

The responses were hilariously normal - from observing Ralph Fiennes on a low-key walk along the Thames, to riding a rollercoaster with Alanis Morissette - but strangely, one celebrity started to crop up all over the place.

Based on anecdotal evidence, it appears everyone has met Bill Nighy - and not only that, he’s just a very nice guy.

Here are some of the best Nighy anecdotes, each as plain as the next…

He was almost rude, but apologised profusely:

He walks among commoners:

He calmly acknowledges his fame:

He can be as vacant as the rest of us:

He’s got excellent style:

And has a favourite hangout:

He's generous!

And shows up for what he believes in:

He isn't selfie-shy

And loves to share:

But if you haven’t met him, you’re not alone:

In this dark time, at least we can all be united in the knowledge that a god walks among us in the form of Bill Nighy.

Read more

Victoria Beckham among celebrities marking US Mother's Day

The most surprising and sweet celebrity couples quarantining together

River Hawkins: Bill Nighy was there for me when I was at my lowest