Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly

Who is Billy Connolly?

Billy Connolly is a well-known Scottish actor, musician and stand-up comedian who has won the hearts of millions through his exceptional contribution to the world of entertainment. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work including an honorary Doctor of Letters, from the University of Glasgow. His natives in Scotland call him by the nickname, “The Big Yin”. He is regarded as the father of modern comedy in the UK and among his generation of comedians.

What is Billy Connolly Famous for?

Ashley is famous for being the most honored comedian in England, holding three honorary doctorates as well as being appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (one rank above Hugh Laurie, who holds an OBE). e is also best known by his nickname “The Big Yin”.

Where was Billy Connolly Born?

William Connoly was born on 24th November 1942 in Anderston, Glasgow, the United Kingdom to William, an engineer in the Royal Air Force and Mary Connoly. His mother left the family when William was four years old and was raised by his two aunts, Mona and Margaret. He has an older sister named Florence. e holds Scottish nationality and belongs to Scottish ethnicity. He is an Atheist and his zodiac is Sagittarius. illy Connoly attended St. Peter’s Primary School in Glasgow and St. Gerard’s Secondary School in Govan. When he was only 12 years old Billy decided to become a comedian. He left school at the age of 15 by collecting engineering qualifications.

How is Billy Connolly's Career?

Connolly became a full-time folk musician in the 1960s and formed the duo "The Humblebums" with Tam Harvey at the start of his career. In 1972, he came to fame as a solo singer with the release of Billy Connolly Live, after which he released numerous albums of his own. In 1975, he joined the well-known TV show Parkinson, and during the late 70s, he started making television appearances as well. By the 80s, he was a well-known face and started getting offers from movies as well. He appeared in Television movies like Blue Money, Weekend in Wallop, and several other talk-shows and documentaries. is the t movie was “Water” in 1985  However, he continued to release his albums like 'words and music', The Bin Yin and Anthology', ‘Wreck on Tour, ‘In concert’ and others.

During the 90s, he kept on performing live concerts, as well as appearing in television and movies like Indecent Proposals, Mrs. Brown, etc. He was also busy in doing documentaries for television like A Scot in the Arctic, and Sean Connery, etc. In 1996, his voice was used for well-known video games like Muppet Treasure Islands and Paws. In the 2000s, he continued doing television movies like Prince charming, and documentaries like Overnight. He was considered to be one of the greatest stand-up comedians of his time from 2007 to 2010. Due to health issues, he reduced his professional assignments by 2010 but continues to work in movies and appeared in films like The Hobbit and Brave.

In 2012, he portrayed the character of Wilf in the British comedy-drama film 'Quartet'. In the same year, the voice acted for the character of King Fergus in the animation movie 'Brave'.In 2014, he starred in the fantasy action film 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' and played the character of Dáin II Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior.

What are Billy Connolly's Achievements?

In 2003, Billy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA and a CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honors. In 2006, this performer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music and Drama, Glasgow, for his unparalleled contribution to performing arts. In 2010, the artist was awarded the honorary degree of DLitt from the Nottingham Trent University. He was awarded a special recognition award in the 2016 National Television Awards. In 2017, he was knighted by the Queen of services to entertainment and charity adding the honorable title Sir Billy Connolly. His Live performance in the Freedom fest, for the birthday celebration of Nelson Mandela in the year 1988 earned him great accolades and adulation from the people of the USA.

What is Billy Connolly's Net Worth?

Billy Connoly has the estimated net worth to be $20 million. He mainly earned from his acting career and as a comedian. He has a house in Key West, Florida (FL), the US worth $3.2 million. Other information regarding his cars, businesses and their worths are not revealed yet.

How is Billy Connolly's Personal Life?

Billy is a married man. He married Pamela Stephenson in 1989 and has three daughters, Amy, Daisy, and Scarlet from her. She is a well-known comedy actor from New Zealand. Previously, Billy was married to his first wife, Iris Pressagh in 1969 and has a son, Jamie and a daughter, Clara from this marriage but got divorced in 1985. 

How Tall is Billy Connolly?

Billy has a height of 6 feet.  His other body measurements are not available at the moment. She has a straight sexual orientation.

Billy Connolly has about 221K followers on Twitter by profile id @Billy_Connolly. His real Instagram profile cannot be identified. His real Facebook account could not be verified but his fan page with id @Billyconnolly.fanpage garners 481.2K fans.

Facts About Billy Connolly

  • #1Connolly got his nickname "The Big Yin" (The Big One) well before he became a performer. As a teenager, he outgrew his father and to tease him when people talked which Billy they meant, they would usually answer "The Big Yin" and receive the reply "Ah, Wee Billy!".
  • #2He is known for his long, messy hair, goatee and lots of bad language in his stand-up show.
  • #3By the age of 16, he became a delivery boy as he was regarded as deemed overqualified to become an engineer for having two certificates.
  • #4He also joined the Territorial Army Reserve 15th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.
  • #5 Initially, Billy worked in an oil platform in Nigeria till 1966, before fully concentrating on folk singing.
  • #6In 2013, he was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and underwent minor surgery for its treatment. In the same year, it was revealed that he was also being treated for early symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Billy Connolly
Quick Facts of William Connolly
Celebrated Name Billy Connolly
Age 77 years old
Nick Name The Big Yin
Birth Name William Connolly
Birth Date 1942-11-24
Gender Male
Profession Stand-up comedian
Place of Birth Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Father William Connolly
Mother Mary Connolly
Sister Florence Connolly
Brother Michael Connolly
Famous for most honored comedian in England
Ethnicity Scottish
Religion Atheist
Horoscope Sagittarius
Education St. Peter’s Primary School and St. Gerard’s Secondary School
Net Worth $20 million
Marital Status married
Wife Pamela Stephenson
Height 6 feet
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