Glaswegian Billy Boyd got bitten by the acting bug when he was cast as the Artful Dodger in a school production of the stage musical "Oliver!" at age 11. Although encouraged in his pursuit of the arts by his mother (she enrolled him in amateur dramatics at the Dolphin Arts Centre), he opted to train as a bookbinder when he left school just before his 17th birthday. After a four-year apprenticeship and two more years of actual work, Boyd decided the time had come to pursue his dream of acting. Planning to spend a year in the USA before enrolling in drama school, he learned there were still slots opens at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and went ahead and auditioned. While visiting America, he learned he had been accepted into the three-year diploma program.