Billy Boyle

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This article is about the British actor. For the series of novels about a WWII fictional soldier, see James R. Benn.
Billy Boyle
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968–present

Billy Boyle is an Irish actor on British film, television and stage. He is a veteran of the West End stage having played leading roles in over 15 hit shows. In his first West End musical Maggie May he was nominated as best newcomer. Gower Champion then chose him to play Barnaby in Hello Dolly at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He appeared in Canterbury Tales at the Phoenix Theatre as The Clerk of Oxford. Harold Hobson, The Times critic said, "He was a breath of fresh air in the West-End".[citation needed] He then went on to play leading roles in No Sex Please, We're British, Billy, What's a Nice Country, The Rivals, Love, Lust, & Marriage, Some Like it Hot, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and in the original cast of Dirty Dancing. Lately he has appeared as Grandpa George and Grandpa Joe in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at Drury Lane. In 2016 he was Major Bouvier and Norman Vincent Peale in the smash hit Grey Gardens. He followed this playing Arvide in Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End.He has had his own very successful television series in Ireland It's Billy Boyle as well as leading roles in Trail of Guilt, the award winning The Grass Arena, The Bretts, as well as many guest appearances in EastEnders, The Professionals, Coronation Street, Father Ted etc. He later presented a programme, Dance Crazy for ITV, on the history of dance. Lately he has been seen in Dirk Gently, for BBC Four, and the current series of Lead Balloon. His many films include Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, Groupie Girl, Side by Side, Shergar, Wild Geese II, The Scarlet and the Black, Round Ireland with a Fridge and A United Kingdom.[citation needed]

Theatrical Performances[edit]

Year Title
Maggie May
Hello Dolly
The Canterbury Tales
The Clerk of Oxford
No Sex Please We're British
Billy
Whats a Nice Country
The Rivals
Love, Lust, & Marriage
Some Like it Hot
Beauty and The Beast
Dirty Dancing
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
"Grey Gardens"
"Guys and Dolls"

Television Appearances[edit]

Year Programme Title
Its Billy Boyle
Trail of Guilt
The Grass Arena
The Bretts
Eastenders
Coronation Street
Father Ted
Dance Crazy
Dirk Gently
Lead Balloon
"A United Kingdom"

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