Billy was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and he grow up in Bedford, Bedfordshire after his family moved there when he was aged of seven years old. Billy has an un-identical twin brother and one older sibling. Billy’s father Barry Lannon is a registered farrier and Billy’s mother Dianne Lannon is a qualified fitness instructor.
Billy’s first encounter with the theatrical arts came at the age of fourteen when Billy progressed to his upper-school Samuel Whitbread Academy. Billy’s acting attributes were noticed by his drama teacher and invited Billy to join the drama society. Billy was reluctant at first as he was dedicated to sport but because of his enthusiasm to try “new” things, he took up the opportunity. Within a few months of committing to the drama society, Billy’s drama teacher opted Billy into his first role as a drunken soldier in Jim Cartwright’s Road, which was to be performed by a group of Year 13’s.
Theatre and acting soon became an open environment for Billy, where he could express himself freely and enjoy learning the artform. At the age of fifteen, Billy joined Mad Hatters Theatre School in Shefford, Bedfordshire. Mad Hatters developed Billy’s approach to acting by exploring different acting techniques and enhancing his vocal skills.
Billy starred in several productions (High School Musical / Grease / The Lion King) and went on to study Theatre for his A-Levels at Samuel Whitbread Academy. Billy transitioned to the University of Brighton East Sussex where he received an First-class BA (hons) degreee studying English Literature & Media. Billy’s favourite module was From Script to Screen where students had to personally devise a short five-minute screenplay. Due to Billy’s acting history, Billy helped other students by performing in their screenplays and is now keen to progress into acting on screen in both Film and Television.
Billy’s admiration for acting and film was expressed in his creative dissertation piece. Billy wrote a script called Man Down which explored the theme of masculinity, highlighted by protagonist Joseph Bellarouge. Billy directed the play for the University of Brighton’s drama society and played the role of Joseph. The play received positive reviews and earned Billy a graded First for his dissertation.
Returning home to Bedfordshire from Brighton, Billy was eager to continue his passion for acting and joined the established Swan Theatre Company. Billy auditioned for Charles’ Dickens Great Expectations adapted by Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod and was cast as the male lead Pip. The performance ran from the 13th – 17th November and was sold out each night. Billy was admirably praised by his fellow cast members for his dedication towards the role and professionality on and off stage.
Height: 6FT 3IN – 190cm
Weight: 13St 1Ib – 83.0 Kg
Eye Colour – Blue
Hair – Dark Brown
Hair Length – Short
Voice Style – Resonant
Playing Age – 21 – 27.
Native British speaker. Proficient in the following accents/ dialects.
Upper RP class British.
Full UK Driving License, Horse Riding. Fire Arms Gun, Stage Combat.
Billy Plays the Guitar and Harmonica
Football, Archery, Boxing, Golf, Rock climbing, Swimming / Breast & Backstroke, Mountain Biking and Rugby
Accolades & Additional Experience
Former Semi-Professional Footballer.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Exotic department – Handled and driven luxury vehicles. Web developer.
Blacksmithing. Sports coach (football). Business consultant. Salesman.