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Customers' Awards 2012

Shortlisted Travel
Personality of the Year

Billy Connolly


Billy Connolly - Travel Personality of the Year

Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly, the Scottish comedian affectionately known as The Big Yin, has filmed several travel documentaries including Journey to the Edge of the World in 2009 and Route 66 in 2010.

The filming of Route 66 fulfilled a lifelong dream. He drove 2,488 miles on his giant motor trike from Chicago to Los Angeles and his adventure was made into a four-part series on ITV1.

In 2012, Billy Connolly has performed to fans across the UK in his new stand-up tour, The Man Live.


Starting as a folk singer, jokes told between songs soon took over the act. Billy is now best known as a comedian, presenter and actor. His popularity grew beyond his devoted followers in Scotland when he appeared as a guest on Michael Parkinson’s chat show.

Billy has continued to perform stand-up comedy on sell-out tours at a number of venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Court Theatre.

Billy's TV career has spanned both documentary and drama. Along with world tours for the BBC, visiting Australia, England, Ireland, Wales, New Zealand and Scotland, Billy also played one of the main roles in the romantic drama Mrs Brown, which was nominated for a BAFTA.


1995: Scottish BAFTAS for Best Entertainment Programme (Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland), Best Drama (Down Amongst the Big Boys), Best Arts Programme (The Bigger Picture).
2000: Outstanding Contribution to the Arts
2001: Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Glasgow
2003: Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to Entertainment
2003: BAFTA Lifetime Achievement
2010: Freedom of the City of Glasgow

Other nominated travel personalities below:

Ben Fogle
Caroline Quentin
Charley Boorman
Helen Skelton
Joanna Lumley
Karl Pilkington
Martin Clunes
Paul Merton