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Billie Piper (1982)

Lianne Paul Piper

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Billie Paul Piper is an English singer and actress.

She began her career in the late 1990s as a pop singer and then switched to acting. She started in acting and dancing and was talent spotted at the Sylvia Young stage school by Smash Hits magazine who wanted a "face" for their magazine. A recording contract was the route given to her. She later decided to retire from singing and refocus on her original ambition, acting. Her most famous role is as Rose Tyler, companion to the Doctor, in the television series Doctor Who from 2005 to 2006, a role she reprised in 2008 and 2010. In 2007, Broadcast magazine listed Piper at no. 6 in its "Hot 100" list of influential on-screen performers, the top woman on the list. From 2007 until 2011, she starred as the high-flying escort Belle de Jour in the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

  Biography  

 acting career
After an extended break, Piper decided to end her pop career in 2003 and return to her original ambition: acting. She took acting lessons while living in London.

 Doctor Who

Doctor Who originally ran from 1963 to 1989. In May 2004, it was announced that the series would be resurrected beginning in 2005, and that Piper was to play the character Rose Tyler, a travelling companion to The Doctor .
Piper won the Most Popular Actress category at the 2005 and 2006 National Television Awards for her work on Doctor Who.
BBC News named Piper as one of its "Faces of the Year" for 2005, primarily due to her success in Doctor Who.

At The South Bank Show Awards on 27 January 2006 Piper was awarded The Times Breakthrough Award for her successful transition from singing to acting. In March 2006, the Television and Radio Industries Club named Piper as best new TV talent at their annual awards ceremony. In September 2006, 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 March 2006, she claimed that she would continue on Doctor Who into its third season in 2007.
On 10 May 2006, 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 June 2006, 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 November 2007, the BBC confirmed that she would reprise her role as Rose Tyler in the fourth Doctor Who 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.

The series began in April 2008, 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. Interviewed on Doctor Who Confidential, she commented that "it's never really the end for the Doctor and Rose", but "it's certainly the end for the foreseeable future". She reprised her role as Rose Tyler in The End of Time, the last of the 2009–10 Doctor Who specials.

 Secret Diary of a Call Girl

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 September 2007, saw Piper in several semi-nude scenes, including one scene featuring her saddling a client and riding him like a horse. As part of her preparation for the role Piper met the real life Belle some two years before her identity as a research scientist was revealed in a Sunday newspaper: "I absolutely had to meet the person behind the words to be able to take the part... People did ask me about her and I just had to smile, to avoid giving anything away...". A second series, with Piper in the starring role, started filming in May 2008, during which two body doubles were hired in order to hide Piper's pregnancy during the sex scenes. The third series began airing in January 2010, with Piper dispensing with the body doubles, performing all her own sex scenes.

In January 2010, tying in with the broadcast of the third series and following on from the real Belle de Jour confirming her real identity, ITV2 broadcast an interview special, Billie and the Real Belle Bare All which saw Piper meeting with Dr Brooke Magnanti on-camera for the first time.

 Other acting work
In 2004, Piper appeared in the films 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 film Spirit Trap alongside Russian pop star Alsou, released in August 2005 to generally poor reviews.

In November 2005, 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 television station.

Piper has completed work on two stand-alone television productions. In the first, a BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's historical novel The Ruby in the Smoke broadcast in December 2006, Piper played protagonist Sally Lockhart, a Victorian orphan along with Matt Smith playing Jim Taylor. The BBC plans to film all four of Pullman's Sally Lockhart novels, with Piper continuing in the role in The Shadow in the North which was shown in December 2007.

Piper made her stage debut in a touring production of Christopher Hampton's play Treats, which opened in early 2007 in Windsor. Treats was to have ended its tour in the West End, at the Garrick Theatre, starting on 28 February 2007 with previews from 20 February. The play officially finished as of 26 May.

In 2007 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 television for a broadcaster other than the BBC.

Piper has provided voiceovers for various television commercials, including one for Comfort Fabric Softener airing in June 2007, and Debenhams currently airing 2011.

Piper has also shared the role of Betty with Sue Johnston in the TV adaptation of A Passionate Woman, screened on BBC 1 on 11 and 18 April 2010.

Billie Piper had been confirmed to join the cast of an upcoming romance-comedy film directed by Robin Sheppard called Truth about Lies. Filming is expected to start in October 2011.

Piper had been confirmed to play Carly in the UK Premiere of Reasons to be Pretty at the Almeida Theatre, running from November 2011 to January 2012. It opened on 17 November to press, and has since received critical acclaim with reviewers claiming it was 'one of the best theatre productions they'd seen'. The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Mail, London Evening Standard, Metro, The Times, The Telegraph, Time Out, The Arts Desk, Daily Express and The Financial Times all gave the production rave reviews with a minimum of four stars. BBC Radio 4 reviewed the show live applauding Billie Piper as "Fantastic, completely brilliant. Her performance is so convincing and moving, an absolutely terrific performance" The Jewish Chronicle hailed Billie Piper's performance as second to none, being the best of the night, and stating that "No actor can cry more convincingly than Piper", giving the show four stars.

 personal life
Piper was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, to Paul Piper and Mandy Kent. Piper has one younger brother, Charlie, and two younger sisters, Harley and Elle.

Piper married businessman, DJ and television presenter Chris Evans in a secret ceremony in May 2001 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 and later divorced in May 2007. They have remained friends.

A story in The Independent on 27 June 2006 stated that Piper has declared that she does not wish to claim any money from Evans's 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 to 2006.

Piper married actor Laurence Fox, son of actor James Fox, on 31 December 2007 at St Mary's Church in Easebourne, West Sussex. They live in Easebourne, Midhurst in West Sussex.
Their first child, Winston James Fox, was born by an emergency Caesarean section in October 2008, following a 26-hour labour. In a later interview Piper revealed that medical staff were concerned that Winston would suffer from oxygen starvation if the birth was to continue as planned. Piper said, "they were worried about him losing oxygen to his brain. I was like, 'Cut him out now!'"
On 28 October 2011, Billie and husband Laurence Fox announced that she was 15 weeks pregnant with their second child due mid April.

Piper is close friends with her former Doctor Who co-star David Tennant. She is also close to Matt Smith, who took over playing the title character following her departure. After it was announced that Smith would be replacing Tennant in the role, she stated "Yes, I hate that he's left! But then I know Matt Smith really well and I love him and I think he's such a brilliant actor. The role couldn't have gone to a better guy. He's capable of that. He's got big shoes to fill, but I'm certain he can do it." Smith also reportedly asked her for advice after learning he'd won the part.

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Name Duration Released
First Love 00:00 08/08/2005
Caress the Gold 00:00 08/08/2005
Ring My Bell 00:00 2000
Bring It On 00:00 2000
Safe with Me 00:00 2000
Misfocusing 00:00 2000
Walk of Life 00:00 2000
What Game is This? 00:00 2000
Something Deep Inside 00:00 2000
Because of You 00:00 2000
Day & Night 00:00 2000
Promises 00:00 2000
Run That by Me 00:00 2000
The Tide is High 00:00 2000
What's Missing 03:46 1999
Call Me 03:58 1999
Officially Yours 03:26 19/10/1998
What'cha Gonna Do? 04:33 19/10/1998
Girlfriend 03:50 19/10/1998
Honey to the Bee 05:03 19/10/1998
Because We Want To 03:48 19/10/1998
I Dream 05:33 19/10/1998
You've Got It 03:43 19/10/1998
Saying I'm Sorry Now 04:00 19/10/1998
Party on the Phone 04:14 19/10/1998
Love Groove 04:29 19/10/1998
So Deep 04:54 19/10/1998
She Wants You 03:38 19/10/1998
Don't Forget to Remember 04:47 19/10/1998
G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T. 00:00 1998
Last Christmas 00:00 1998
It Takes Two 00:00 1998

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