Billy Boyle
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Billy Boyle
Billy Boyle
Years active1968–present

Billy Boyle is an Irish actor on British film, television and stage.[1][2] He is a veteran of the West End stage having played leading roles in over 15 hit shows.[3] In his first West End musical Maggie May he was nominated as best newcomer.[4]Gower Champion then chose him to play Barnaby in Hello Dolly at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane.[3] He appeared in Canterbury Tales at the Phoenix Theatre as The Clerk of Oxford. Harold Hobson, The Times critic said, "He was a breath of fresh air in the West-End".[] He then went on to play leading roles in No Sex Please, We're British, Billy, What's a Nice Country, The Rivals, Love, Lust, & Marriage, Some Like it Hot, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and in the original cast of Dirty Dancing.[5] Lately he has appeared as Grandpa George and Grandpa Joe in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at Drury Lane.[6] In 2016 he was Major Bouvier and Norman Vincent Peale in the smash hit Grey Gardens.[7] He followed this playing Arvide in Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End. He has had his own very successful television series in Ireland It's Billy Boyle as well as leading roles in Trail of Guilt, the award-winning The Grass Arena, The Bretts, as well as many guest appearances in EastEnders, The Professionals, Coronation Street, Father Ted, etc.[8][9] In the late 1970s, Boyle was cast as 'Ronald McDonald' in the European TV commercials and in all print media for the fast food chain McDonald's. He was the last 'straight man' to Basil Brush on BBC1's The Basil Brush Show and later presented a programme, Dance Crazy for ITV, on the history of dance with Lesley Judd.[10][11] Lately he has been seen in Dirk Gently, for BBC Four and Lead Balloon.[12] His many films include Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, Groupie Girl, Side by Side, Shergar, Wild Geese II, The Scarlet and the Black, Round Ireland with a Fridge and A United Kingdom.[1]

Theatrical Performances

Year Title
Maggie May
Hello Dolly
The Canterbury Tales
The Clerk of Oxford
No Sex Please We're British
Whats a Nice Country
The Rivals
Love, Lust, & Marriage
Some Like it Hot
Beauty and The Beast
Dirty Dancing
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Grey Gardens
Guys and Dolls

Television Appearances

Year Programme Title
The Basil Brush Show
It's Billy Boyle
Trail of Guilt
The Grass Arena
The Bretts
Coronation Street
Father Ted
Dance Crazy
Dirk Gently
Lead Balloon
A United Kingdom


  1. ^ a b "Billy Boyle". BFI.
  2. ^ "Billy Boyle - Theatricalia".
  3. ^ a b "Casting Announced For European Premiere Of Grey Gardens". 20 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Production of Maggie May - Theatricalia".
  5. ^ "Billy Boyle Theatre Credits, News, Bio and Photos".
  6. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (22 May 2013). "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Is the West End a boom-town or battle-zone?" – via
  7. ^ Billington, Michael (8 January 2016). "Grey Gardens review - show tunes and squalor in a Long Island mansion" – via
  8. ^ Archives, RTÉ (5 July 2012). "RTÉ Archives".
  9. ^ "Billy Boyle".
  10. ^ "The Basil Brush Show[18/10/80] (1980)". BFI.
  11. ^ "Dance Crazy (1982)". BFI.
  12. ^ "BBC Four - Dirk Gently, 16/12/2010". BBC.

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