“I don't want my career to dictate how I should appear or behave.” Billie Piper
English singer and actress Billie Piper first gained fame as a sassy pop singer in the U.K., by taking the country's music scene by storm at age 15 with her hit single "Because We Want To" (1998), from her debut album “Honey to the B” (1999). After releasing two studio albums, the daughter of actor Paul Piper decided to retire from the music industry and focus on acting. She played starring roles in the British films "The Calcium Kid" (2004), "Things to Do Before You're 30" (2004), and "Spirit Trap" (2005) before landing the role of Rose Tyler, (2005-2008), the traveling companion to the mysterious "Doctor," on the long-running BBC science fiction television series "Doctor Who." She also stars as a high-class London-based call girl in "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" (2007-Present), a British television drama broadcasted on ITV2.
“The whole size zero debate is disgusting. Some models you see are tiny because that’s the way they were born. But then they’ll get the attention and that will start feeding a fire.” Billie Piper
This 5' 5" blonde, who was named “Woman of the Year” by GQ Magazine UK (2006), has been married twice, once to businessman, radio DJ, and television presenter Chris Evans and once to actor Laurence Fox, with whom she has one son. She had previously dated Ritchie Neville, a member of UK Boyband Five.
“I'm surprisingly chilled about my body changing, I think it’s because I can’t do anything about it. I often see myself in the mirror and laugh. Its nice having boobs. I think when you don't have them you find ways to make yourself feel better about the lack of cleavage.” Billie Piper
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of British actor Paul Victor Piper and Mandy Kane Kent, Billie Paul Piper was born on September 22, 1982, in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. On April 25, 1983, three weeks after registering her birth, her parents changed her given name from Lianne to Billie. Piper has one younger brother named Charlie and two younger sisters, Harley and Ellie.
Piper attended The Sylvia Young Theatre School and enrolled in the Sixth Sense theatre company in 1990. She dated Ritchie Neville, a member of UK Boyband Five, in the late 1990s.
“I was only 17 and everyone else could go out and I couldn't see why I couldn't. That made me rebellious. So anything I did, I did it twice as much.” Billie Piper
On May 6, 2001, Piper married Chris Evans, a popular and wealthy businessman, radio DJ, and television presenter in England. The marriage took place only after six months of dating and her parents found out about it by listening to the radio. At the time, she was 18 and he was 34. They were divorced on May 31, 2007, and Piper refused to take any money from her divorce settlement.
“I don't know. It's just a feeling. It's wanting to be with someone and commit yourself to someone and make someone happy. I want to share something with someone for the rest of my life. I think the world can be really good fun when you hold somebody else's hand and witness it together. And I really believe in marriage!” Billie Piper (on rushing into marriage)
On December 31, 2007, Piper married actor Laurence Fox, son of James Fox, at St Mary's Church in Easebourne, West Sussex. She gave birth to their first child, a boy named Winston James Fox, on October 21, 2008. They live in their home in Easebourne, Midhurst in West Sussex.
Because We Want To
Beginning her acting career in several television commercials and in an episode of the popular award-winning BBC One soap opera “EastEnders,” Billie Piper was spotted by Hugh Goldsmith, the managing director of Innocent Records, while she was studying at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. The then-14-year-old soon signed a three-album deal with Innocent Records, a subsidiary of Virgin Records. At age 15, she became the youngest artist ever to debut at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with the release of her debut single, "Because We Want To." It was released on June 29, 1998, under the stage name "Billie" and later selected as the official song of the 1999 Women's World Cup.
"No one had much faith in me because I was so young. They imagined a little brat with a flash-in-the-pan single. It was inevitable. Thankfully, I proved people wrong." Billie Piper
Her debut studio album, "Honey to the B," was released in May 1999 and was certified platinum in the United Kingdom. Besides "Because We Want To," the album also spawned a number of hit singles, including "Girlfriend," "She Wants You," and the title track "Honey to the Bee." In 1999, she was nominated for BRIT Awards (the UK equivalent of the Grammys) for Best British Newcomer and Best British Female. Piper's second album, "Walk of Life," hit the music stores on October 2, 2000. It produced three Top 30 singles: "Day and Night," "Something Deep Inside," and "Walk of Life.”
In 2003, Piper decided to retire from the music industry and focus on her original ambition, acting. She had previously played bit parts in the films "The Leading Man" (1996) and "Evita" (1996) and continued to take acting lessons while living in London. She subsequently landed a guest spot in a September 2003 episode of BBC One’s dramatic anthology series "Canterbury Tales" and starred as the title role in the dramatic TV movie "Bella and the Boys" (2004).
On the big screen, Piper portrayed the romantic interest of Orlando Bloom's character in "The Calcium Kid" (2004) and the love interest of Bruce Mackinnon's character in the British film based on the Dutch feature film "All Stars," "Things To Do Before You're 30" (2004). She also starred as the psychic Jenny, opposite Russian pop star Alsou, in the horror movie "Spirit Trap," which was released in the summer of 2005 to poor reviews.
Piper next began working on the long-running BBC science fiction television series "Doctor Who," playing Rose Tyler (2005-2008), the traveling companion to the mysterious "Doctor" (played by Christopher Eccleston). Her work on the show won her the Most Popular Actress category at the 2005 and 2006 National Television Awards. She was also named one of BBC News' "Faces of the Year" for 2005. Piper, who plays the youngest Dr Who companion to date, was also awarded The Times Breakthrough Award for her successful transition from singing to acting at The South Bank Show Awards on January 27, 2006, and was named Best New TV Talent by the Television and Radio Industries Club in March 2006. Additionally, she was named Best Actress at the TV Quick and TV Choice Awards in September 2006.
Meanwhile, Piper also guest-starred in an episode of "ShakespeaRe-Told" and starred in a BBC adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" (2005). She also appeared in the made-for-television movies "The Ruby in the Smoke" (2006), a BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's historical novel, "Mansfield Park" (2007), an adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel of the same name, and "The Shadow in the North" (2007), which was based on Philip Pullman's 1986 book.
Piper made her professional stage debut in a touring production of Christopher Hampton's play "Treats," which opened in early 2007 in Windsor. For her performance, she was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and London Newcomer of the Year Award at the Theatregoers' Choice Awards.
In September 2007, Piper began starring in "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," a British television drama broadcasted on ITV2 in which she portrays a high-class London-based call girl. The show is currently in its second season.
“I thought it was a side to prostitution that we are not normally exposed to and I thought there was a story worth telling there. I kind of knew it was going to cause a bit of an uproar, especially because I was playing the part. People are always so used to me doing children's shows or family drama.” Billie Piper (on "Secret Diary of a Call Girl")
As for her music, Piper released a compilation album, "The Best of Billie," on August 8, 2005. On January 15, 2007, her smash hit "Honey to the Bee" re-entered the official U.K. singles chart at #17, eight years after it was first released.
When asked why she isn't interested in cracking the US, Piper explained, “That world breeds neurosis and issues. I don't think I could handle all that. That mad side of it all just doesn't appeal. I've got a baby coming and I know it's going to make me a lot happier than anything else.”
National Television Awards: Most Popular Actress, “Doctor Who,” 2006
TV Choice/TV Quick Awards, UK: Best Actress, “Doctor Who,” 2006
Television and Radio Industries Club Awards: New TV Talent, 2006
The South Bank Show Awards: The Times Breakthrough Award - Rising British Talent, 2006
BBC Drama Awards: Best Actress - Best Exit of the Year, “Doctor Who,” 2006
Tric Awards: Best New Talent, 2006
GQ Magazine Awards: Woman of the Year, 2006
BBC Drama Awards: Best Actress, 2005
National Television Awards: Most Popular Actress, “Doctor Who,” 2005
BBC Face Of The Year, 2005
Smash Hits Awards: Best Female, 1999