Billy Connolly(1942-), Comedian and actor
Sir William ('Billy') Connolly
Sitter in 3 portraits
Scottish comedian, Connolly worked in the Clyde shipyards before making his name as a performer. He is also a successful musician, television presenter, actor and writer. It was his appearance on the Parkinson Show in 1975 that made Connolly a star and led to his first UK tour. He later said that the programme changed his entire life. Best known as a stand-up comedian, some people find Connolly's language and subject-matter offensive - something he shares with other alternative comedians. In addition to his film and television work, Connolly still tours, and his shows are quickly sold out.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below