Born on Aug, 28, 1968, in Glasgow, Scotland, Billy Boyd is an actor and singer. He also plays the bass, drums and guitar and is an experienced fencer and martial artist. Boyd’s most well known for his role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as the hobbit Peregrin “Pippin” Took. Additionally, he and his band Beecake are actively involved with charity Nordoff Robbins, which uses raised funds to provide musical therapy.
Boyd and his elder sister Margaret were raised by their grandmother after their parents, Mary and William Boyd, died one year apart during his early teen years. After leaving school before turning 17, Boyd worked as a bookbinder apprentice for four years and then as a professional bookbinder for another two years. One of the books that he bound was “The Lord of the Rings.” After attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, which is now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he earned a Dramatic Arts degree in pursuit of an acting career.
In April 2006, Boyd became a father to son Jack William Boyd, who was born to Alison McKinnon, Boyd’s longtime actress girlfriend. The couple married in December 2010.
Boyd’s debut stage performance was at Byre Theatre in St. Andrews, taking on the lead role in the “Secret Diary of Adrian Mole,” a comedic musical. Some of his other appearances include the 1996 detective series “Taggart” and 1998 films “The Soldier’s Leap” and “Urban Ghost Story.” However, Boyd’s biggest break into films came later in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” which showed in theaters in 2001. He reprised the role in the 2002 and 2003 sequels.
Boyd took a star role in 2004 film “Seed of Chucky” as Glen, the son of Tiffany and Chucky, and then he made a cameo appearance in the second episode of the first series of popular comedy “Still Game.” In 2007, Boyd performed in “Uncommitted Crimes” as part of the National Theatre of Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival. He took on the starring role in “Sunshine on Leith,” a Scottish musical, in 2010. The actor took on several other film, stage and radio roles from 2011 to 2013, including feature film “Glenn, the Flying Robot,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Macbeth.”
At the age of 16, Boyd participated in a production of “Hans Andersen” with musical company Theatre Guild Glasgow. During The Lord of the Rings Symphony, he played with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He also wrote the melody for the song “The Edge of Night,” which takes some lines from the poem “The Steward of Gondor.” The song is featured in the third LOTR film and in the trailer for 2014 film “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
In 2006, he formed the band Beecake with Rick Martin and Billy Johnston. The band released album “Soul Swimming” in 2010, which topped some international MySpace charts. In June 2012, the band released the EP “Please Stay” along with a music video directed by Michael Ferns, who also graduated from RSAMD. Beecake released a second album in December 2012 entitled “Blue Sky Paradise” and another EP the following July called “Just B.”
Boyd wrote and performed “The Last Goodbye” in 2014 for the ending credits of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The soundtrack for the film includes the tune.
At the 2010 Tartan Clef Music Awards, Visit Scotland awarded Beecake Best Live Act. Boyd also shares six awards for best acting ensemble with the LOTR cast.
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