Billie Piper is an English actress and singer. She first appeared as a performer in Scratchy & Co, aged 13.
At the age of 15 she released her debut single “Because We Want To”, which made her the youngest artist to enter at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
Her famous acting roles include those in Doctor Who and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
- Full name: Billie Paul Piper
- Born: 22 September 1982, Swindon, UK
- Profession: English actress and singer
- Height: 1.65 m
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About Billie Piper
Piper was born in Swindon, Wiltshire. Her first name, Leian, was legally changed to Billie on 25 April 1983, by her parents, Paul Victor Piper and Mandy Kane Kent.
She has one younger brother, Charley, and two younger sisters, Harley and Elle. She studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and Bradon Forest School.
She caught the eyes of record producers who were interested in signing a young vocalist when she was the poster girl for the ad campaign of a British pop music magazine, “Smash Hits”.
She released her first single, “Because We Want To”, which debuted at #1 at age 15. Her second single, “Girlfriend”, was also a #1 hit.
By the time she turned 16, Billie had released 4 singles that all made the top three on the charts. She has been labeled the “Pop Princess” of England, UK
Her debut album Honey to the B (1998) was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.
In 2000, she released her second album, Walk of Life. In 2003, she retired from the recording industry and began an acting career.
From 2005 to 2006 Piper appeared as a series regular in the BBC sci-fi show Doctor Who in the role of Rose Tyler, companion to The Doctor.
She reprised the role in 2008, 2010, and 2013. From 2007 until 2011, she starred as the high-flying escort Belle de Jour in the television series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. She also starred as Brona Croft/Lily in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
Piper has starred in five plays since 2007 and was given a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Yerma, described as a “generation’s best”.
She went on to win a total of six Best Actress awards for that one performance, including the Olivier Award, making Piper the only actor to have won six out of an available six Best Actress awards for a single performance.