Bill Nighy as Gideon in Gideon’s Daughter
Gideon’s Daughter is a BBC Drama by Stephen Poliakoff, starring Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson. It has been broadcasted on BBC and BBC America in 2006.
Bill Nighy won a Golden Globe for his performance in Gideon’s Daughter.
Gideon Warner is a hugely successful public relations consultant to the wealthy, to politicians, to businessmen and rising starlets. Their hair, their clothes, where they go and with who – Gideon advises them on everything. With all his skills, he is the perfect man to package the Millennium celebrations and sell them to the rest of the world. But disillusioned with the world in which he works and increasingly concerned over the growing distance between him and his daughter, Gideon takes less and less notice of his business, just as clients seem to want him more and more. He clings to his slowly flourishing relationship with Stella – a mother grieving for her dead son – as his world spins further out of control. Only together can they make it stop…
Gideon’s Daughter is written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, who also wrote and directed the fantastic The Lost Prince.
Bill Nighy about Gideon
“Gideon is someone I feel I understand,” muses the actor, who has over the past few years become one of our most in-demand stars.
“Gideon is a man who is finding it increasingly difficult to pay attention at work, and yet the less he listens, the more successful he becomes. When you don’t care, people give you everything. If you can arrange not to want stuff, people hand it to you for free. That’s a great joke!”
“Gideon has worked hard over the years and been very successful, but guess what? It didn’t work. Part of the human condition is that we all go around saying, ‘When I get that bit of my life straight, I can pull over and relax. If I can only get that person to love me or get that perfect pair of shoes, then I’ll be sorted.’
“But guess what? You get the shoes and nothing changes. Now you can’t find the right handbag to go with it. When you’ve attained one thing, there is always something else tantalisingly dangling at the end of the stick that you need. That’s a universal experience.”
Nighy continues: “Gideon and Stella have a profound connection which is born of his depression and her grief. Apart from anything else, they’re powerfully attracted to each other. But because of their situations, the relationship takes on added significance. Perhaps oddly, she brings more to it and is in much better shape than he is. Having been brutalised by life, Stella has come out the other side and is more together. Therefore, their meeting is perfectly timed.”
Read the whole interview with Bill Nighy at BBC.
Miranda Richardson about working with Bill Nighy
Richardson closes by lauding her co-star, Bill Nighy. “He’s a delight to work with. We also worked together on The Lost Prince. I played Queen Mary and he played her adviser.
“In the very first scene we did together, he had to come to me to report the death of the Russian Royal Family. Whenever I do a portentous scene, it makes me giggly, so I was worried and thinking, ‘This news is so awful that I’m bound to burst out laughing!’ But in the end we got it.
“Bill is a complete gent. He’s complex and simpatico, which is a lovely combination. And he plays great music. You always hear the Rolling Stones coming out of his trailer. What more could you want?”
The DVD of Gideon’s Daughter can already be pre ordered several places on the internet, and will be released in the beginning of March 2006. Gideon’s Daughter will be broadcasted on BBC television soon.
Nighy, Richardson, Blunt and Tom Hardy (playing Gideon’s prodigy Andrew) are superb, and at no point does Poliakoff let his disdain for public relations interfere with the universal themes of grief and redemption.
Still, I enjoyed the foreground. There are fine performances from Miranda Richardson and Bill Nighy. Bill Nighy plays Gideon, but he’s really playing Bill Nighy, a role he seems to have claimed for himself. That’s no bad thing – he’s very good at it.