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:
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.