Born 1968 in Glasgow, and probably best known for his parts as Pippin in the Oscar winning movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings and as Barrett Bonden in Master and Commander, both from 2003. Mr. Boyd, however, had worked as an actor for several years when director Peter Jackson came to Scotland personally to audition him for The Lord of the Rings. In the 1990s Boyd starred in the television series Taggart and in British movies such as Urban Ghost Story and Julie and the Cadillacs. Moreover, Boyd has acted in several plays at Edinburgh theatres, such as Royal Lyceum and Traverse. In the staged version of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, he played Tommy and Sick Boy. Before graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a diploma in Dramatic Arts Billy Boyd worked as a bookbinder in Glasgow. He is also a skilled singer and musician, playing both guitar, bass and drums, and has been voted one of Scotland's most attractive bachelors