Nighy isn't the only veteran Brit that Wright casts in the Cornetto films, though. In Shaun of the Dead, he's joined by Downton Abbey's Penelope Wilton, while Hot Fuzz squeezes him into a massive cast that includes Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward, Anne Reid, the aforementioned Considine and Bradley, and Game of Thrones' Rory McCann plus English comedian Kevin Eldon.
The World's End continues this trend, casting Kill List's Michael Smiley as the Reverend Green and - look away if you want to remain surprised - Pierce Brosnan as the heroes' former schoolteacher. They're joined by Sightseers' Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, as well as Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike.
Then, finally, there are the cameos. Most folks probably know that the psychotic Santa in Hot Fuzz is none other than Peter Jackson, and that Cate Blanchett plays Janine, Nicholas Angel's ex-girlfriend. (Wright himself plays Dave, Janine's new beau.)