Name: William Boyd - goes by Billy
Nickname: Pickle, Pip, Pippin, Bill
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Home: Glasgow, Scotland
Birthday: 28 August, 1968
Hair: Light reddish brown
Hobbies: Surfing, music (Billy sings, he's a strong tenor/light baritone, plays drums, guitar and bass guitar!), drinking
Other skills: Apparently he's quite skilled in martial arts and fencing. Wouldn't want to tick him off now!
Family: Has a sister, Margaret, parents William and Mary (deceased). His grandmother who turned 100 in 2001 (and incidentally raised him from the time he was 14) passed away some time in the last year
Dog or cat person: Billy doesn't have any pets (or didn't at the time of the chat), but he claims to be a dog person. Had a dog named Lassie as a child.
How Billy chooses parts: "Many different ways. To put it simply... great characters, great people, great scripts, great catering..." Catering? Such a hobbit at heart!
Favorite place he's been: Thailand, because it's totally different.
Favorite Tolkien Creation: Moria, "It's not like they're living in caves - they built a country under a mountain."
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.
"Hobbits are a lot like Scots. It's all about nature and enjoying their land, which is a very Scottish thing."
"Strangely enough, the first time I tried to read the book I was on holiday in Florida. I dropped it in the pool my first day there. If that's not a Pippin thing to do, I don't know what is."
"...We used to have a thing on set, that whenever Elijah -you know he wears (the Ring) around his neck?- whenever it would come out of his costume, between shots and that, myself and Dom would sneak up on him and try to get it off him...That was good fun."
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