HISTORY

Roy was brought up in Ruawai, a small country town in the North Island of New Zealand. He was educated at Ruawai District High School and later Mt Roskill Grammar School in Auckland where the family moved in the early sixties. He attended Auckland University where his education took second place to swinging 60s activities like playing bass in the short lived psychedelic rock band The Ministry of Fog.

His first job was for the NZ Inland Revenue Department but he soon decided the life of a  bureaucrat was not for him and started work in the advertising industry. He developed an interest in amateur dramatics and finally went professional in 1977 and joined Auckland’s ensemble theatre company Theatre Corporate. The first year in the company was mainly spent on the  road travelling with the theatre’s Theatre in Education troupe. That lead to a place in the main company and over four years he performed in many classic and contemporary plays. As well as performing he attended classes run by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Raymond Hawthorne, a graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

After four years of back-to-back plays with the company he left to pursue a freelance career and in no time was working regularly in film and, mainly, television.

For details of Roy’s NZ career go to

http://www.nzonscreen.com/person/roy-billing/biography

Roy arrived in Australia in 1989 and soon found himself working regularly in film, television and theatre with roles  in TV shows like E-STREET, HEY DAD, HAMPTON COURT  and POLICE RESCUE and various roles at The Ensemble Theatre. His work biography reads like a history of Australian film and television.

http://www.suebarnett.net/wp-content/uploads/billing_roy.pdf

Highlights include playing the Mayor of Parkes, Bob McIntyre, in THE DISH,

Sam Pickles in the Company B Belvoir international tour of CLOUDSTREET, and Aussie Bob Trimbole in UNDERBELLY : A TALE OF TWO CITIES, Australia’s highest rating TV drama.  

He is one of Australia’s busiest actors and voice over artists yet finds time to be involved in industry and charity matters. He is married to Linda Tizard who runs a business consultancy for creative people  through their joint company, The Broad Picture Pty Ltd. He has a daughter Kelly, and son-in-law Carlos who teaches at an international school in Santiago, Chile. Kelly and Carlos have a son, Jason.

His interests, apart from his work are food and wine, going to the movies, reading and writing, collecting art, horse racing, AFL and Rugby Union football and he is a keen sporting shooter with a particular interest in clay target shooting.

He is currently working on an autobiography WHY DON’T YOU GET A PROPER JOB...

“He writes articles for newsapers and magazines and has written an unpublished book, A BOB EACH WAY, about his UNDERBELLY experiences.”