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An image of Billy Boyd as Richard Macduff.

Billy Boyd attained worldwide fame and acclaim with his portrayal of Peregrin "Pippin" Took in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King).

Billy holds the distinction of starring as part of an extraordinary ensemble in two of the Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture in the same year (2004): The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (which won 11 Academy Awards, including the Best Picture prize) and Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (which won 2 Academy Awards).

His other most recent film credits include Douglas Mackinnon's The Flying Scotsman, and an animated adaption of the classic Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream (in which he voices Puck). In post production at the moment is Glenn directed by Marc Goldstein and Stone of Destiny directed by Charles Martin Smith.

A native of Glasgow, Billy graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a diploma in Dramatic Arts (he is now a Fellow of the RSAMD). He has appeared in various television and radio dramas as well as performing with the National Theatre of Scotland - most recently at the Edinburgh Festival 2007 in Uncomitted Crimes.

Billy is also a skilled singer and musician who plays the bass, drums and guitar. He has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during The Lord of the Rings Symphony and narrated The Snowman Christmas concerts for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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