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Billy Boyd (1968)

William Boyd

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August 2010

Billy Boyd is a Scottish actor and musician most widely known for playing the character Peregrin "Pippin" Took in the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and Barret Bonden in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.


 early life
Boyd was born in Glasgow, Scotland to William and Mary Boyd, who died, a year apart, when Boyd was in his early teens. He was brought up, along with his elder sister, Margaret, by their grandmother. In 1984, at the age of 16, he appeared in local musical company Theatre Guild, Glasgow's production of Hans Andersen. He worked as a book-binder for seven years before pursuing an acting career. One of the books he bound was The Lord of the Rings. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he earned a diploma in Dramatic Arts.

As well as being a screen actor, he also appears on the stage. He has been in several plays; most recently, San Diego and The Ballad Of Crazy Paola and currently touring in the musical, Sunshine on Leith. He is also an accomplished musician, singing and also playing the guitar, bass and drums. He wrote the melody for and sang in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King a song called "The Edge of Night".

He also starred as Glen, the son of Chucky and Tiffany , in the Seed of Chucky in 2004.

He topped list of top 100 Most Eligible Men in Scotland in 2002. Currently, he is the lead singer and co-songwriter in the band, Beecake. He has also made a cameo appearance in the popular Scottish comedy Still Game in the second episode of the first series.

He has recently performed at the Dundee Repertory Theatre as the role of Davie in Sunshine on Leith, as well as in Long Hong Jimmy, in which he was the lead actor.

 personal life
Aside from his musical aspirations, Boyd is an avid surfer, and spent his free time surfing in New Zealand during the production for Lord of the Rings. He also holds a Grade 7 in foil fencing. He trained in martial arts at the Krauseworld Academy in Glasgow under brothers Steve Krause and Mike Krause where he achieved Phase 4 rank in both Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali.

He currently owns a house in Glasgow with his partner, Alison McKinnon. On 26 April 2006, he and McKinnon welcomed their first child, son Jack William Boyd.

Billy and his long time girlfriend, Alison McKinnon were married in a small ceremony of only 30 guests at Oran Mor in Glasgow's West End on December 29, 2010. The wedding was attended by fellow cast mates, Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan. A reception was held after for about 130 guests.

Boyd has a tattoo of the English word "nine" written with the Tengwar script, a reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. The other actors of "The Fellowship" got the same tattoo with the exception of John Rhys-Davies whose stunt double got the tattoo instead.

He remains close with Lord of the Rings co-star Dominic Monaghan and they are writing a script together but at the moment there are no plans for it to be made. Dominic revealed in an interview for the national breakfast television show GMTV that he continues to see Billy on a regular basis, as he is 'essentially, kind of, godfather to his kids'.

Boyd is one of the patrons of Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland's National Theatre 'for and by' young people.

Boyd is also the Patron of the National Boys' Choir of Scotland.

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