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Billy Boyd

Lowest Rated:   0% Pimp (2010)
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Birthplace:   Glasgow, Scotland
Billy Boyd is recognizable to international audiences as The Lord of the Rings trilogy's comic and courageous hobbit Peregrin "Pippin" Took. He is also one of Scotland's most prolific theater actors, a skilled musician, and a talented singer. Since graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a diploma in Dramatic Arts, Boyd starred in countless stage productions throughout the United Kingdom. He plays drums, bass, and guitar, and sings baritone and tenor. Boyd was discussing his latest play at Scotland's celebrated Traverse Theater, when he heard that he landed a coveted and career-changing role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy: one more great accomplishment in an already brilliant career. Boyd was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, where he still lives today. He adored escaping to the movies as a child. After multiple viewings of George Lucas' Star Wars, Boyd reasoned that if he could not truly be a Jedi Knight, he might as well be an actor. At ten years old, he played the Artful Dodger in his school's version of Oliver Twist and was hooked. Through high school, he performed in amateur productions at the local art center and in annual Christmas shows. Yet, a cynical school guidance counselor coerced Boyd to temporarily abandon his ambition. After graduation, he became an apprentice bookbinder at a publishing house. Boyd bound books for six years, making good friends with his colleagues and spending his nights singing with a band on the Glasgow pub circuit. When he realized that he desired a change, he applied to acting school. Boyd's audition tape marked the first time he acted in six years; nevertheless he was accepted into a selective three-year, acting-intensive diploma program at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for the upcoming semester. In his first term, he learned to perfect his voice and movement. In his second, he performed in Shakespeare, Chekov, comedies, musicals, and even pantomimes. He earned walk-on roles on several television shows, and even a speaking part on Scotland's Taggart. Shortly before graduation, St. Andrews Repertory hired Boyd for their production of The Slab Boys, and to play the title role in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. He has acted steadily ever since, performing in several Shakespearean and various modern plays, including the U.K. tour of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. He added four BBC Radio programs to his credit, and appeared in his first mainstream film, Jason Connery's Urban Ghost Story (1998). He also displayed his singing and drumming talents in the cult musical Julie and the Cadillacs (1999), in which he played the Scottish drummer of an English band during the '60s. In the fall of 1998, Boyd auditioned for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Line Cinema's massive three-film screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's books. After meeting with director Peter Jackson, Boyd defeated over a hundred actors for the major role of Pippin Took and flew to New Zealand for the trilogy's 18-month shoot. Pippin is as brave as he is foolish, and as stout-hearted as he is afraid. The character appears in all three films -- The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), The Return of the King (2003) -- making Boyd an instant celebrity. After completing The Lord of the Rings, Boyd quickly rejoined the theater. Only one month before the press junkets began for the trilogy's first installment, he performed in the Traverse Theater's rock & roll production The Ballad of Crazy Paola. Besides being named as one of Scotland's most eligible males, Boyd completed a comedy screenplay with fellow hobbit Dominic Monaghan, and launched his official website.Boyd co-starred alongside Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), then played a significantly campier role the following year in Seed of Chucky. Though his work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy continues

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Space Milkshake
  • Anton
2013
86% The Great Hip Hop Hoax
  • Actor
2013
15% Ecstasy
  • Woodsy
2012
No Score Yet The Forger
  • Bernie
2012
No Score Yet Dorothy and the Witches of Oz
  • Nick Chopper
2012
No Score Yet Midsummer Dream (El sueno de una noche de San Juan)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Glenn, the Flying Robot
  • Jack
2011
0% Pimp
  • Chief
2010
33% Jusqu'à toi
  • Rufus
2009
56% Stone of Destiny
  • Bill Craig
2008
No Score Yet Tattoos: A Scarred History
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Save Angel Hope
  • Actor
2007
49% The Flying Scotsman
  • Malky McGovern
$78.8k 2006
67% On a Clear Day
  • Danny
$91.2k 2006
No Score Yet El Sueño de Una Noche de San Juan (Midsummer Dream)
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls
  • Sniper
2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2005
32% Seed of Chucky
  • Glen/Glenda
$17.1M 2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2004
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Peregrin `Pippin' Took
$364.1M 2003
85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Barret Bonden, Coxswain
$92.2M 2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Pippin Took
$339.8M 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Pippin
$314.1M 2001
No Score Yet Urban Ghost Story
  • Loan Shark
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet King of the Nerds
2013-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan
2012-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Casualty
1986-2014
  • Actor

Quotes from Billy Boyd's Characters