During the Horse Fair in Oxford, Billy got captured by the Gobblers after running off in the middle of holding Johnny Fiorelli horse. Billy, Roger Parslow and a few other children were then taken to Bolvangar.
Meanwhile, at the Horse Fair, Ma Costa had begun to search for him, and soon Lyra had rounded up a few other children to help, but he wasn't to be found. Roger was taken by the Gobblers later that day.
The day after arriving at Bolvangar, Pantalaimon, Lyra's dæmon, saw Billy behind Lyra in the lunch queue. Roger had previously told Billy that Lyra was there. She, Roger and Billy then sat together and talked about the site. Billy told her that he had heard from one of the nurses that children who had had the operation were taken to hostels further south. Roger had the most helpful news, though, as he had found a loose ceiling panel and discovered that you could crawl above the whole site.
Behind the scenes
- In both the film The Golden Compass and the TV series, Billy's character is fused with that of Tony Makarios. Billy and Roger Parslow are captured by Marisa Coulter and taken to Bolvangar. Billy has the dæmon named Ratter and he becomes a victim of intercision.
- Billy was played by Charlie Rowe in the film.
- In the TV series, Billy is played by Tyler Howitt.