Pippin from Lord of the Rings trilogy
Billy Boyd was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Mary and William Boyd. Inspired by Star Wars, he got his first taste of acting in his school’s production of Oliver Twist when he was 10. His counselor discouraged this choice of career and told him to “keep it secret”. At age 17, he left school and began working at a bookbinding workshop. Ironically, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was bound at this workshop, so many copies were bound by his hands during the six years he worked there. Billy then attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He took the 3-year course for his bachelor of arts degree, studying everything from Shakespeare to puppet-making. During this time, Billy had a few small roles in TV series such as “Down Amongst The Boys” and “Taggart.” His first paying roles were at The St. Andrews theatre, where he performed in many plays like ‘The Slab Boys’, ‘The Diary of Adrian Mole’ etc. He went into The Lord of the Rings movie audition not expecting much, but within a few months Peter Jackson came out to Scotland to meet and audition him personally. He was offered the part of Pippin, and the rest is history.