Billy Connolly: Personal Life, Wife

William "Billy" Connolly, Jr., was born on 24 November 1942. He is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. Known especially in his native Scotland by the nickname The Big Yin (The Big One), Connolly has been married to comedian and psychologist Pamela Stephenson since 1989. He started a folk career, but then turned to comedy where we can find him today.

Comedian Billy Connolly was born at 69 Dover Street in Anderston, Glasgow. His parents were William Connolly and his wife Mary (McLean) Connolly, a hospital cafeteria worker. Connolly's grandfather was an Irish immigrant. In 1946, when he was barely four years old, Connolly's mother abandoned her children when his father was still away in the army. Connolly and his sister, Florence, were raised by two aunts, Margaret and Mona Connolly, his father's sisters.

Between the ages of fourteen and twenty, Connolly was brought up in a tenement in the Anderston district of Glasgow and later in Partick. He attended St. Peter's Primary School in Glasgow and St. Gerard's Secondary School in Govan. At age 12, Connolly decided he wanted to become a comedian but did not think he fit the mould, feeling he needed to become more "windswept and interesting". At 15, he left school with two engineering qualifications; one collected by mistake which belonged to a boy named Connell.

Connolly became a delivery boy until he was sixteen, when he was deemed overqualified to become an engineer. Instead, he worked as a boilermaker at Alexander Stephen and Sons Shipyard in Linthouse. Connolly also joined the Territorial Army Reserve 15th (Scottish) Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (15 PARA)

Comedian’s The Big Yin nickname was first used during his adolescent years to differentiate between himself and his father. He was firs called Wee Billy but when he got bigger than his father, everyone called him The Big Yin.

In 1988, Connolly's father died after a stroke, the eighth of his life. His mother died four years later of motor neuronal disease. She was living in Dunoon at that point.

On 20 December 1989, in Fiji, Connolly married Pamela Stephenson, the New Zealand-born comedy actress he had met when making a cameo appearance on the BBC sketch show Not the Nine O'Clock News. In the book Billy, and in a December 2008 online interview, Connolly states he was sexually abused by his father between the ages of 10 and 15.

Billy Connolly has two siblings, an older sister, Florence, who is a retired school-teacher, and a younger brother Michael; he has referred to both in his stand-up routines. Connolly does charity work as well. He is a patron of the National Association for Bikers with a Disability and is a supporter of Celtic F.C.

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