Billy Connolly (Wilfred "Wilf" Bond)
Billy Connolly is a stand-up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter and artist.
After an apprenticeship as a welder in his hometown of Glasgow, he became a professional performer in 1962, forming "The Humblebums" band with Gerry Rafferty, before pursuing a solo career as a comedian.
Aside from starring in numerous films and TV series, Billy has toured worldwide continuously for the last 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10 million people. Billy was awarded a CBE in 2003 and was given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 2010.
Perhaps best known for his performance as the loyal servant John Brown in the highly acclaimed MRS. BROWN, Connolly's other film credits include GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, FIDO, GARFIELD 2, LEMONY SNICKET: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, THE LAST SAMURAI and TIMELINE. His previous film credits include Peter Kosminsky's WHITE OLEANDER, Troy Duffy's THE BOONDOCK SAINTS and the sequel ALL SAINT'S DAY, Stephen Metcalfe's BEAUTIFUL JOE and Barry Levinson's AN EVERLASTING PIECE, Stanley Tucci's THE IMPOSTORS, CROSSING THE LINE with Liam Neeson, the Muppet movie version of TREASURE ISLAND, GABRIEL AND ME, GENTLEMAN'S RELISH and THE MAN WHO SUED GOD, as well as the acclaimed BBC productions DOWN AMONG THE BIG BAD BOYS and THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DEACON BRODIE. His voice is also featured on the animated films POCAHONTAS and OPEN SEASON.
This year, Connolly lent his distinctive voice to the Disney/Pixar feature BRAVE, starring alongside Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane. He will also soon be seen as Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Tolkien's THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and THERE AND BACK AGAIN.
On television, Billy featured in HEAD OF THE CLASS, which was later spun off into his own series, BILLY. He hosted BILLY CONNOLLY'S WORLD TOUR OF SCOTLAND, a six-part series documenting a tour of his homeland, a theme continued later in his World Tours of New Zealand, Australia and England, Ireland and Wales. More recently, Billy has hosted series JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD and ROUTE 66. Other specials include PALE BLUE SCOTTISH PERSON, A SCOT IN THE ARCTIC, THE BIGGER PICTURE and AN AUDIENCE WITH BILLY CONNOLLY. Connolly has also made various television guest appearances, most notably in the U.S. series HOUSE M.D. as well as COLUMBO, THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN and VERONICA'S CLOSET.
In 2012, there was an exhibition of 50 of Billy's original drawings, along with several limited edition prints, displayed at the Halcyon Gallery in London prior to being sold at art galleries throughout the UK.
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