Zoo

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 15 JULY -

Sea­son 2 M-Net (*101) 20:30

When an­i­mals go wild and at­tack, the world needs an ex­pert to call on and that guy is ve­teri­nary pathol­o­gist Mitch Mor­gan, played by Billy Burke in sci-fi show Zoo (2015-cur­rent). In the se­ries, Mitch isn’t afraid to get up close with the hu­man-at­tack­ing an­i­mals, which Billy is slightly hes­i­tant about. “So far I’ve worked with a bear, wolves, a lion cub and house cats [Laughs]. We have fake stuffed ver­sions of all of them!”

The 49-year-old’s been en­ter­tain1

ing peo­ple for more than half his life – he moved to Hol­ly­wood when he was 25 to be a mu­si­cian but got into act­ing in­stead.

His first movie gig was as a mu­sici2

an in 1990 fan­tasy com­edy movie Dare­dreamer and it took him four years to get onto TV, as “guy in a club” in a 1994 episode of drama show Party Of Five (1994-2000).

Billy’s big ca­reer break came in 3

2008 when he was cast as Sher­iff Char­lie Swan in the box of­fice-break­ing vam­pire Twilight movies (2008-2012). The only thing that he hated about the role was the mous­tache and he adds, “I shaved it off the day we wrapped!”

He ac­tu­ally be­came a fa­ther while 4

play­ing one on Twilight. His wife Pollyanna Rose (Sammy in hor­ror flick The Devil’s Chair in 2007) gave birth to daugh­ter Bluesy LaRue Burke in 2008.

And his daugh­ter was an in­spira5

tion for Billy’s de­but stu­dio al­bum Re­moved in 2010. The coun­try al­bum in­cludes Bluesy Laruesy as one of the 13 songs that Billy wrote him­self. He went one bet­ter that year too – Billy was in hor­ror movie Lus­tre in 2010 and got his wife and daugh­ter small roles in it.

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