Movie Glaswegians: Billy Boyd

billy boydBilly Boyd’s first onscreen appearance was in a 1996 episode of television’s Taggart – since then his acting journey has been one of the more remarkable ones to come out of Glasgow. He has continued to appear on the small screen, from a cameo in an early Still Game episode to an appearance in Casualty as recently as 2012, but it is within his film credits that you will find the most interesting range of roles.

Boyd is a familiar face in homegrown movies, including On A Clear Day, The Flying Scotsman and Stone Of Destiny, as well as the previously featured Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy. In Hollywood he has appeared in the sublime (Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, alongside Russell Crowe) and the ridiculous (Seed Of Chucky, voicing the son of the murderous Child’s Play doll).

It is for his role as Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy however that he is best known – Pippin, one of the ‘Hobbits’, was a key character in the blockbuster saga whose instalments were released in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Boyd developed a firm bond with his fellow Hobbits played by Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan and Sean Astin during production of the movies, so much so that the former two attended his wedding at Oran Mor on Byres Road in 2010. Onscreen of course these genuine Hollywood friendships created great chemistry.

Billy Boyd was born in Glasgow on 28th August 1968 – the popular actor often appears younger than his years, perhaps partly due to his association with the role of Pippin, but maybe also due to his other job as frontman of the band Beecake. Boyd’s acting career was shaped in Glasgow, where he graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He lives in the city with his wife and son.

Movie Glaswegians: Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle was born in the Maryhill area of Glasgow on 14th April 1961, and today lives in the city with his make up artist wife and their three children.

Carlyle is a familiar face on cinema and television screens around the world, with a wide variety of roles under his belt. The first movie role that really brought Carlyle to prominence was his turn in 1996’s Trainspotting (set in Edinburgh but partly shot in Glasgow) as the psychopathic Begbie. He has also played other unnerving and short tempered characters in productions including The 51st State and television’s Cracker, not to mention his portrayal of Bond villain Renard in The World Is Not Enough and the eponymous dictator in television movie Hitler: The Rise Of Evil. Yet as testament to his acting skills Robert Carlyle is not typecast and appears as comfortable playing more compassionate characters in films such as Carla’s Song and 28 Weeks Later.

As mentioned above Trainspotting was partly filmed in Glasgow and half of Carla’s Song is set in the city – another Glasgow-related movie in which Carlyle appears is Stone Of Destiny. All three titles will be studied by Glasgow on Film soon.

Among Robert Carlyle’s many other movie credits are The Full Monty, Eragon and Once Upon A Time In The Midlands.