Billie Piper Biography
Billie Piper born Leian Paul Piper, is an English actress, dancer, and former singer. She was born on 22 September 1982 in Swindon, Wiltshire, to Paul Victor Piper and Mandy Kane Kent.
Billie’s career kicked off at just 15 when she became the youngest artist to ever debut at number one, with her single ‘Because We Want To’ – a record she still holds to this day. Four Smash Hit Awards, two double platinum albums, three number one and four top five singles later and Piper decided it was time to hang up the microphone to turn to her original passion, acting.
Billie began her TV career with leading roles in the BBC’s adaptation of ‘The Miller’s Tale’, and ‘Bella and the Boys’, before taking on a role that would define science-fiction television forever.
11 million people tuned in to see the BBC relaunch of ‘Doctor Who’, with Billie Piper as the feisty companion, Rose Tyler. Despite initial predictions, the show was an enormous success, consistently pulling in record ratings and picking up countless awards. Billie was universally hailed; every poll placed her as the most popular Doctor Who companion of all time and ‘Best Actress’ awards began to pile up. After two series, Billie decided it was time to move on, but has returned frequently for special appearances such as the show’s 50th Anniversary – one of the most successful live events in cinema history, after selling out worldwide in more than 1,500 cinemas.
Not one to sit around, Billie went straight into the leading role in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘The Ruby in the Smoke’, ‘The Shadow in the North’ and ‘Mansfield Park’.
In 2007, Billie took on the role of a high-class escort in ITV’s popular yet highly controversial, ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’, based on the famous blog by Belle de Jour. The show became one of the channel’s biggest hits, earning further award recognition. After four series, the show came to an emotional climax and Billie went on to leading parts in ‘A Passionate Woman’ opposite Sue Johnston, ‘True Love’ with Kaya Scodelario, Showtime’s international hit ‘Penny Dreadful’ and ‘Foxtrot’ for Sky Arts.
Billie’s first credited film role was in 2004’s ‘The Calcium Kid’, before leading roles in ‘Things To Do Before You’re 30’, ‘Spirit Trap’, ‘City of Tiny Lights’, ‘The Raven’ and voicing Bonnie in ‘Animals United’.
Deciding to take a step away from TV and film, Billie’s recent and most notable roles have been her performances on stage. In 2007, she played Ann in Christopher Hampton’s sold out run of ‘Treats’ at the Garrick Theatre. This marked the beginning of a new path for Billie after she was recognised with her first nomination for ‘Best Actress’ at the Evening Standard Awards.
A heavily pregnant Billie played the part of Carly in Neil LaBute’s ‘Reasons to Be Pretty’ at the Almeida Theatre, which became a four-month sell-out, garnering several five-star reviews and a nomination for ‘Best Actress’ at the What’s On Stage Awards.
Less than a year later and Billie was back on stage playing Connie in the Headlong and National Theatre co-production of ‘The Effect, scripted by ‘ENRON’ writer, Lucy Prebble. The production, about a clinical drugs trial and its side effects, was a huge success. Selling out every show for the entire six-month run, and a public petition to have the show extended, it quickly became the most critically acclaimed new play of the year. Critics described Piper as ‘superb and utterly heart-wrenching’ (The Telegraph), ‘an unforgettable tour-de-force’ (BBC Front Row) and ‘extraordinary’ (The Guardian). But her success didn’t stop there, the What’s On Stage, Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Olivier Awards all praised her with a nomination for ‘Best Actress’.
Great Britain, a top secret production by the National Theatre based on the then-recent phone hacking scandal, opened with Billie’s ‘distressingly accurate’ (BBC Front Row) and ‘marvellous’ (The Guardian) performance. Billie was again nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the London Evening Standard Awards and won Best Actress at the What’s On Stage Theatre Awards.
In 2016, Billie Piper stormed her way back on stage with what was described as “the performance of the decade.” Playing Her, a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child, in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s ‘Yerma’, Billie won ‘Best Actress’ at the Broadway UK, Glamour, Critics Circle, What’s On Stage, Evening Standard and Olivier Awards. She is the only actor to have won every one of the six available Best Actress awards for a single performance.
Due to unprecedented demand, the show was revived in the summer of 2017, with the finale being streamed live into thousands of sold-out cinemas across the world.
Amidst a number of TV shows; ‘Collateral’, ‘Two For Joy’ and ‘Beast’, in March 2018 Billie fulfilled her childhood dream and took ‘Yerma’ for a sell-out run on Broadway.
Billie Piper Age
She was born on 22 September 1982 in Swindon, Wiltshire, to Paul Victor Piper and Mandy Kane Kent.Billie Piper
Billie Piper Husband
Piper married DJ, television presenter and businessman Chris Evans in a secret ceremony in May 2001, in Las Vegas after six months of dating. The couple separated in 2004, and divorced in May 2007. Chris Evans is 16 years older than Piper and has admitted that the sixteen-year age gap was a reason for the divorce.
Piper married actor Laurence Fox in December 2007, at St. Mary’s Church in Easebourne, West Sussex. On 24 March 2016, Fox announced on his Facebook page that the pair had split after eight years of marriage. On 12 May 2016, it was announced that Piper and Fox had divorced.
Billie Piper Wedding
Piper married DJ, television presenter and businessman Chris Evans in a secret ceremony in May 2001, in Las Vegas. Piper married actor Laurence Fox in December 2007, at St. Mary’s Church in Easebourne, West Sussex.
Billie Piper Children
Her first son, Winston James, with actor Laurence Fox was born in October 2008, through emergency C-section after a 30-hour labour. They had a second son, Eugene Pip, in April 2012. He stated that no third party was involved in the separation.
Billie Piper Sister
She has one younger brother, Charley, and two younger sisters, Harley and Elle.
Billie Piper Movies and TV Shows
Billie Piper Movies
- 2017: Beast
- 2016: City of Tiny Lights
- 2010: Animals United
- 2010: The Raven
- 2007: Mansfield Park:
- 2005: Things to Do Before You’re 30:
- 2005: Spirit Trap
- 2004: The Calcium Kid:
- 1996: Evita
- 1996: The Leading Man
Billie Piper TV Shows
- 2018: Collateral
- 2014: Playhouse Presents: Foxtrot
- 2014–2016: Penny Dreadful
- 2012: True Love
- 2010: A Passionate Woman
- 2007: Top Gear
- 2007: The Shadow in the North
- 2007–2011: Secret Diary of a Call Girl
- 2006: The Ruby in the Smoke
- 2005: ShakespeaRe-Told: Much Ado About Nothing
- 2005–2006, 2008, 2010, 2013: Doctor Who
- 2005–2008: Doctor Who Confidential
- 2004: Bella and the Boys
- 2003: The Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale
- 2002: Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings
- 1999: Billie Wants You
Billie Piper Songs
- Because We Want To
- Honey to the Bee
- Something Deep Inside
- She Wants You
- Day and Night
- Last Christmas
- Thank ABBA for the Music
- The Tide Is High
- Walk Of Life
- Party On The Phone
- Safe With Me
- Love Groove
- What Game Is This
- Makin’ My Way
- Run That by Me
- Don’t Forget to Remember
- You’ve Got It
- Whatcha Gonna Do
- Caress the Gold
- I Dream
- Ring My Bell
- Love Kills Slowly
- Officially Yours
- So Deep
- Because of You
- Give Me The Knife
- What’s Missing
- Call Me
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