William Nathan Boyd
28 August 1968
William Nathan Boyd (born 28 August 1968), professionally known as Billy Boyd, is a Scottish actor and musician. He played Peregrin "Pippin" Took in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003), Barret Bonden in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Glen and Glenda (later G.G. Valentine) in the Child's Play film Seed of Chucky (2004) and second season of the television series Chucky (2022).
Boyd was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to William and Mary Boyd, who both died a year apart when Boyd was in his early teens. He worked as a bookbinder for six years before pursuing an acting career. After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he went on to perform with St Andrews Repertory and the Traverse Theatre.
Boyd started his career appearing in Taggart (1996), The Soldier's Leap (1998), and Urban Ghost Story (1998). He also appeared in the 7:84 Theatre Company Scotland production of Caledonia Dreaming by David Greig in 1997. His breakthrough, and most notable acting role, was Peregrin "Pippin" Took in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, from 2001 to 2003. Boyd wrote the melody for and sang the song "The Edge of Night", which was featured in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The song was later used over the trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), the final film in the Hobbit trilogy. Boyd also wrote and performed the song "The Last Goodbye", which is played during the ending credits of the film.
In 2004, he starred as Glen and Glenda, Chucky's (Brad Dourif) and Tiffany's (Jennifer Tilly) offsprings in the Child's Play film Seed of Chucky. He has also made a cameo appearance in the popular Scottish comedy Still Game in the second episode of the first series.
As well as being a screen actor, he also appears on the stage. Boyd has been in several plays; including San Diego and The Ballad of Crazy Paola. He performed at the Dundee Repertory Theatre in the role of Davie in Sunshine on Leith, as well as in Long Hong Jimmy, in which he was the lead actor. He also starred (2007) as Richard MacDuff in the BBC Radio adaptation of the book: Dirk Gently′s Holistic Detective Agency written by Douglas Adams.
In 2011, his feature film Glenn, the Flying Robot was shown in the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival, and was followed by a Netflix release. In June 2012, he appeared on stage as the voice of the guide in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy live radio show. In 2013, Boyd played Banquo in Shakespeare's Macbeth, at the Shakespeare's Globe alongside Joseph Millson and Samantha Spiro.
Boyd together with fellow Lord of the Rings castmates Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, and Elijah Wood, plus writer Philippa Boyens and director Peter Jackson on 31 May 2020 joined Josh Gad's YouTube series Reunited Apart which reunites the cast of popular movies through video-conferencing, and promotes donations to non-profit charities.
In 2022, he reprised his Child's Play role in the second season finale of the television series Chucky, titled "Chucky Actually", as a merged incarnation of Glen and Glenda Tilly, known as G.G. Valentine.
Boyd fronts a band called Beecake. The band was named after a time when Boyd's Lord of the Rings co-star Dominic Monaghan sent a picture of a cake covered in bees. Other members of the band included Paul Burke, Billy Johnston, and Rick Martin.
In June 2010, Beecake released an album Soul Swimming. As well as topping some of the international MySpace charts, the band was awarded VisitScotland's award for Best Live Act at the Tartan Clef Music Awards. The award was created by VisitScotland to celebrate Scotland's live music scene and Glasgow's new title of UNESCO City of Music.
Beecake released the EP Please Stay on 4 June 2012. The music video for the song "Please Stay" from the EP was released to coincide with the release of the EP. The song's music video was directed by Michael Ferns, a graduate from the RSAMD where Boyd himself graduated. The group released their second album Blue Sky Paradise in December 2012. The band released a second EP titled Just B in July 2013.
Boyd is an avid surfer and spent his free time surfing in New Zealand during the production for The 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 topped a list of the 100 Most Eligible Men in Scotland in 2002.
He owns a house in Glasgow with his wife, Alison McKinnon. The couple had their first child, a boy named Jack William Boyd, on 26 April 2006. He and McKinnon were married in a ceremony with 30 guests at Oran Mor in Glasgow's West End on 29 December 2010. The wedding was attended by castmates Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan. A reception was held afterwards for about 130 guests.
Boyd has a tattoo of the Elvish word for "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" (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and Orlando Bloom) got the same tattoo with the exception of John Rhys-Davies whose stunt double got the tattoo instead.
He remains close with The Lord of the Rings co-star Dominic Monaghan. Monaghan revealed in an interview for the national breakfast television show GMTV that he continues to see Boyd on a regular basis, as he is "essentially, kind of, godfather to his kid." Boyd and Monaghan co-host the podcast ‘The Friendship Onionʼ together.
Holidays in Scotland
In 2008, Boyd fronted VisitScotland's Perfect Day Campaign, and talked of his love of surfing in Scotland, particularly in Machrihanish near the town of Campbeltown in Kintyre in the west coast of Scotland, and Pease Bay and Coldingham Bay on Scotland's east coast. In an interview about the campaign with The Scotsman on 28 July 2008, he said: "I don't really do much promotional stuff but felt that with this one I could be honest... I'm very proud of where I come from and I get very excited if a friend comes over and I can show them around."
|1998||The Soldier's Leap||Postman||Short film|
|Urban Ghost Story||Loan Shark|
|1999||Julie and the Cadillacs||Jimmy Campbell|
|2001||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||Peregrin "Pippin" Took|
|2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King|
|Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World||Barret Bonden|
|2004||Seed of Chucky||Glen and Glenda||Voice roles|
|2005||On a Clear Day||Danny|
|Stories of Lost Souls||The Gunner||Segment: "Sniper 470"|
|Midsummer Dream||Puck||Voice role|
|2006||The Flying Scotsman||Malky|
|2007||Save Angel Hope||Vince Sandhurst||Television movie|
|2008||Stone of Destiny||Bill Craig|
|Glenn, the Flying Robot||Jack|
|2011||Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy||Woodsy|
|Dorothy and the Witches of Oz||Nick Chopper|
|2014||The Alpha Invention||Guy||Short film|
|The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||N/A||Co-wrote and performed the song "The Last Goodbye" that plays over the end credits of the film|
|2015||Mara and the Firebringer||Tourist|
|2018||Tell It to the Bees||Older Charlie||Voice role|
|2021||The Loud House Movie||Scott, Fisherman, Additional voices||Voice roles |
|An Intrusion||Minister Fairfield|
|Walking with Herb||Archibald "Archie" Borthwick|
|1996||Taggart||Jamie Holmes||Episode: "Dead Man's Chest"|
|2002||Still Game||Bearded Man||Episode: "Faimly"|
|2004||Instant Credit||Frankie||Short television film|
|2011||Moby Dick||Elijah||Miniseries, 2 episodes|
|2012||Casualty||Duncan Jessup||Episode: "Hero Syndrome"|
|2014||Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan||Himself||Episode: "The Giant Wetapunga"|
|2015||Motive||Lawrence Frampton||Episode: "Frampton Comes Alive"|
|2017||Sofia the First||Malachite (voice)||Episode: "The Crown of Blossoms"|
|2017||Snowfall||Jim Stewart||Episode: "Baby Teeth"|
|2017||The Simpsons||Himself (voice)||Episode: "The Serfsons"|
|2019||Grey's Anatomy||Seamus||Episode: "I Walk the Line"|
|2018, 2020||Outlander||Gerald Forbes||4 episodes|
|2020||Hollywood||Noël Coward||Episode: "Outlaws"|
|2021||Doom Patrol||Samuelson||Episode: “Vacay Patrol”|
|2022||NCIS: Hawai'i||Colin McIntyre||Episode: “Ohana”|
|2022||Chucky||G.G. Valentine (voice)||Episode: "Chucky Actually"|
|2023||The Legend of Vox Machina||Garmelie (voice)|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Peregrin "Pippin" Took||Voice role|
|2004||The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth|
|2006||The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king|
|2013||Lego The Lord of the Rings||Archive audio|
|2019||Magic: The Gathering Arena||Will Kenrith|
|2020, 2022||The Elder Scrolls Online||Bradan, Brahgas|||
Awards and nominations
- 2004: Won, "Best Acting Ensemble" – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (shared with cast)
- 2003: Nominated, "Best Audio Commentary" – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (shared with cast)
- 2002: Nominated, "Best Debut" – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (shared with Dominic Monaghan)
- 2003: Won, "Best Acting by an Ensemble" – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (shared with cast)
- 2003: Won, "Best Ensemble" – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (shared with cast)
- 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture" – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (shared with cast)
- 2003: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture" – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (shared with cast)
- 2004: Won, "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture" – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (shared with cast)
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