Billy Connolly CBE (born William "Billy" Connolly, Jr) is a stand-up comedian. Also known as “The Big Yin”, he was born in Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland in November 1942.
His career has spanned over 30 years and earned him an abundance of high profile awards. Notable accolades include, The Peoples Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Arts (2000), and in 1995, he scooped up Scottish BAFTAS awards for Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland (Best Entertainment Programme); Down Among The Big Boys (Best Drama) and The Bigger Picture (Best Arts Programme). He has also appeared in several films and was also nominated for a BAFTA in the 1997 film Mrs Brown.
Starting life with an apprenticeship as a welder in the Clyde shipyard, Billy Connolly went on to form the folk band, The Humblebums and it was his appearance at The Great Northern Welly Boot Show, a mixture of talk and music, which led him onto discovering his talent for comedy genius.
Throughout the 1990’s, his notoriety grew stronger and Billy Connelly tickets for his 1997 Northern UK Tour and 18 date show at the Labbatts Apollo Hammersmith were a sell-out. He later appeared in a number of films, and continued to have success as a stand-up comedian with his 2005 April and May tour of Scotland selling out in hours.
During the late 2000’s Billy Connelly has continued to travel around the world and amuse and entertain his fans, even causing a computer breakdown in Glasgow and Edinburgh during 2009, when the systems failed to cope with the rush for ticket sales!