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Biography for Billie PiperBillie Piper (born Lianne Paul Piper on 22 sep. 1982 (31 years ago)) is an English singer and actress.
She began her career as a pop singer when she was a teenager and progressed to acting; her roles include Rose Tyler, companion to the Doctor in the TV series Doctor Who from 2005 (8 years ago) to 2006 (7 years ago), a role she reprised in 2008 (5 years ago). In 2007 (6 years ago), Broadcast magazine listed Piper at #6 in its "Hot 100" list of influential on-screen performers, the top woman on the list. She has also portrayed the prostitute Belle de Jour in Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
1998-2003: Honey To The B and Walk of LifePiper's first break in the entertainment world came as a teenager, when she was selected to appear on the Saturday morning children's TV show Scratchy and Co. Piper later landed a role in a TV commercial promoting the pop magazine Smash Hits. Piper was offered a record deal at the age of fifteen, and in 1998 (15 years ago) became the youngest artist ever to debut at number one in the UK singles chart with "Because We Want To", released under the stage mononym "Billie". Her follow-up single "Girlfriend" also debuted at number one and her first album, Honey to the B (released immediately afterwards) debuted at Number 14 in the UK album charts.
At the 1998 (15 years ago) Smash Hits Poll Winners' party, she was nominated for Best New Act (She came 2nd. It was won by B*Witched) and won Princess of Pop (Additionally she was the first to win this award as 1998 (15 years ago) was the first year to host this award). She then released "She Wants You" as the third single from the album. The song reached #3. Piper then released her album in the U.S. However as Britney Spears's album,...Baby One More Time had only been released one month earlier, the album almost went completely unnoticed, peaking at #17 on the Heatseekers. "Honey to the Bee" was released as the fourth single from the album, like the previous single, it reached #3. At the same date, "She Wants You" was released in the U.S. It reached #9 on the "Hot Club Dance Play" chart.
In 1999 (14 years ago), Piper was nominated for two BRIT Awards and won 2 awards at the 1999 (14 years ago) Smash Hits Poll Winners' party, although at the latter ceremony she was reduced to tears after being booed by fans of Ritchie Neville, member of boyband Five, whom she was dating at the time.
Piper then started to tour and release in Asia. The singles and the album were released during mid to late 1999 (14 years ago). The Taiwanese edition was notable as it had a completely different cover for unknown reasons. On the 10th of Aug. that same year, the follow up to "Because We Want To" was released in Japan, a single comprising "Girlfriend" " and "She Wants You" combined. Her debut album was released in Japan on Apr. 25, 2000 (13 years ago).
During that time, she recorded her second album. She decided to release further records under her full name, Billie Piper. She returned to the Singles Chart in May 2000 (13 years ago) with a new, sexier sound. She hit the Number 1 spot with "Day & Night". She waited until the following sep. to release "Something Deep Inside", which hit #4, but her success wasn't to continue. In Oct. 2000 (13 years ago), Piper released her second album, Walk of Life, which reached Number 14 in the UK Album Chart. The song "Walk of Life", the final single off this album, was released in dec. 2000 (13 years ago) and reached Number 25 in the UK Singles Chart.
On Feb. 17, 2001 (12 years ago), Piper appeared in court against a woman named Juliet Peters. Peters had given Piper and her family numerous death threats. She also was charged for stalking. Piper won the case and Peters was given psychiatric treatment. According to her autobiography, Piper was reluctant about the court case, but was pushed by her parents and her label. She also stated in the book that this was why "The Tide Is High" wasn't released as a single, writing "The court case succeeded in doing what I alone could not: cutting the ties. Without it I might have been tempted back. To quote a line from the epic Sopranos: 'Just when you think you've got out... they drag you back in.'".
On 15 Jan. 2007 (6 years ago), BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles started a campaign to get "Honey to the Bee" back into the Top 100 on download sales as a way of testing out new chart rules that favour download sales. The campaign was highly successful, with "Honey to the Bee" re-entering the official UK singles chart at #17, eight years after it was first released.
2003-present: Acting CareerAfter an extended break, Piper decided to end her pop career in 2003 (10 years ago) and return to her original ambition, acting. She took acting lessons while living in London. Piper gained very positive reviews for these appearances, critics seemingly feeling that she was a far better actress than she was a singer.
In 2004 (9 years ago), Piper appeared in the movies The Calcium Kid, as the romantic interest of Orlando Bloom's character, and Things to do Before You're Thirty. Shortly before starting work on Doctor Who, she filmed a starring role in the horror movie Spirit Trap alongside Russian pop star Alsou, released in August, 2005 (8 years ago) to generally poor reviews.
In Nov. 2005 (8 years ago), Piper starred as Hero in a BBC adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, updated for the modern day in a similar manner to the Canterbury Tales series in which she featured, with Hero now being a weather presenter in a TV station.
Piper has completed work on two stand-alone TV productions. In the first, a BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's historical novel The Ruby in the Smoke broadcast in dec. 2006 (7 years ago), Piper played protagonist Sally Lockhart, a Victorian orphan. The BBC plans to movie all four of Pullman's Sally Lockhart novels, with Piper continuing in the role in The Shadow in the North which was shown in dec. 2007 (6 years ago). In 2007 (6 years ago) she appeared as the main character, Fanny Price, in an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, screened on ITV1. This was her first acting role on TV for a broadcaster other than the BBC.
Piper has provided voiceovers for various TV commercials, including one for Comfort Fabric Softener airing in Jun. 2007 (6 years ago).
Piper also stars as Hannah Baxter/Belle de Jour in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, an ITV2 adaptation of Belle de Jour's The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, a memoir detailing the life of a high-class prostitute. The series, which aired from 27 sep. 2007 (6 years ago), saw Piper in several semi-nude scenes, including a lesbian romp and one scene featuring her saddling a client and riding him like a horse. A second series, with Piper in the starring role, started filming in May 2008 (5 years ago), during which two body doubles were hired in order to hide Billie's pregnancy.
Doctor WhoDoctor Who originally ran from 1963 (50 years ago) to 1989 (24 years ago). In May 2004 (9 years ago), it was announced that the series would be resurrected beginning in 2005 (8 years ago), and that Piper was to play the character Rose Tyler, a traveling companion to The Doctor, (to be played by Christopher Eccleston). Piper won the Most Popular Actress category at the 2005 (8 years ago) and 2006 (7 years ago) National TV Awards for her work on Doctor Who. BBC News named Piper as one of its "Faces of the Year" for 2005 (8 years ago), primarily due to her success in Doctor Who. At The South Bank Show Awards on 27 Jan. 2006 (7 years ago) Piper was awarded The Times Breakthrough Award for her successful transition from singing to acting. In Mar. 2006 (7 years ago), the TV and Radio Industries Club named Piper as best new TV talent at their annual awards ceremony. In sep. 2006 (7 years ago), Piper was named Best Actress at the TV Quick and TV Choice Awards.
After the completion of the very successful first series of the revamped Doctor Who, the British media regularly released conflicting reports about how long Piper would be staying with the programme. In Mar. 2006 (7 years ago), she claimed that she would continue on Doctor Who into its season three in 2007 (6 years ago). On 10 May 2006 (7 years ago), however, she was reported to be considering quitting the series, although she did express an interest in playing a female version of the Doctor in the future (possibly related to a proposed Doctor Who spin-off series about Rose which was later dropped). On 15 Jun. 2006 (7 years ago), the BBC announced that she was to depart in the final episode of the second series, "Doomsday". Piper's decision to leave had been taken a year previously, but remained a secret until news of her departure became public.
On 27 Nov. 2007 (6 years ago), the BBC confirmed that she would reprise her role as Rose Tyler in the fourth series for three episodes. Later, it was confirmed by Russell T Davies in Doctor Who Magazine that this return had been planned since she left. It was also revealed in the Turn Left Doctor Who Confidential that Billie had made arrangements to return as Rose since she decided to leave and lied to journalists when she claimed that she would never return.
The series began in Apr. 2008 (5 years ago), and after several cameos, Piper made her official return as Rose in the series four final episodes "Turn Left", "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End". She did not initially state whether she would be reprising the role again. Although having been quoted on Doctor Who Confidential as saying, "It's never really the end for the Doctor and Rose" but it was "for the foreseeable future", on 16 May 2009 (4 years ago), it was reported that Piper would reprise her role as Rose Tyler in the last of the 2009-10 Doctor Who specials.
TheatrePiper made her stage debut in a touring production of Christopher Hampton's play Treats, which opened in early 2007 (6 years ago) in Windsor. Treats was to have ended its tour in the West End, at the Garrick Theatre, starting on 28 Feb. 2007 (6 years ago) with previews from 20 February. The play officially finished as of 26 May.
EducationPiper was first educated at Brookfield School in Swindon, then moved up to Bradon Forest Secondary School in Purton, near Swindon before moving to be educated at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone, London.
Personal lifePiper was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England to Paul Piper and Mandy Kent. Her parents changed her given name from Lianne to Billie three weeks after registering her birth. Piper has one younger brother, Charlie, and two younger sisters, Harley and Ellie.
Piper married businessman, DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans in a secret ceremony in May 2001 (12 years ago) in Las Vegas after six months of dating. Their marriage attracted much comment due to the sixteen-year age gap between the two. The couple separated in 2004 (9 years ago) and later divorced in May 2007 (6 years ago).
A story in The Independent on 27 Jun. 2006 (7 years ago) stated that Piper has declared that she does not wish to claim any money from Evans' reported £30m wealth or his £540,000 salary from Radio Two. "I'm not taking a penny from him," she told the Radio Times, "I think that's disgusting." Piper also revealed in her interview with Radio Times that she left her pop star career with very little money. Evans has admitted that the age gap was a reason in seeking the divorce.
Piper dated and lived with law student Amadu Sowe from 2004 (9 years ago) to 2006 (7 years ago).
She married actor Laurence Fox, son of James Fox, on 31 dec. 2007 (6 years ago) at St Mary's Church in Easebourne, West Sussex. They live in their home in Easebourne, Midhurst in West Sussex. Their first child, Winston James Fox, was born by Caesarean section at 1am on 21 Oct. 2008 (5 years ago).
Piper has declared that she does not have any social networking sites and she will not be creating any.
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