Sep. 22nd, 1982
Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK
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Billie Paul Piper (born Leian Paul Piper; September 22, 1982) is an English singer and actress. She made her debut in Scratchy & Co. (1998).
Born in Swindon, Wiltshire. Her first name, Leian, was legally changed to Billie on April 25, 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.
At the age of 15, she signed a recording contract and released her debut single "Because We Want To", which debuted at number one in the UK and made her the youngest artist ever to debut at number one. The single was followed by Piper's album "Honey to the B" (1998), which was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) and platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). In 2000, she released her second album, "Walk of Life". In 2003, she retired from the recording industry and launched a successful acting career.
Piper's transition into acting began in 2004. Her most famous role is as Rose Tyler, companion to The Doctor from 2005 to 2006, in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, a role she reprised in 2008, 2010, and 2013. In 2007, Broadcast magazine listed Piper at no. 6 in its "Hot 100" list of influential on-screen performers; she was 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. She currently stars as Brona, an Irish immigrant, in the horror TV series Penny Dreadful.
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 Evans being 16 years older than Piper. The couple separated in 2004 and divorced in May 2007. They have remained friends.
A story in The Independent on June 27, 2006 stated that Piper has declared that she does not wish to claim any money from Evans' reported £30 million 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. She married actor 'Laurence Fox' (December 2007) at St Mary's Church in Easebourne, West Sussex, where they now live. Their first son, Winston James (born October 2008), via emergency C-section after a 30-hour labour. They had a second son, Eugene Pip, (April 2012).
- Despite having, at the age of 15, a No 1 hit with "Because We Want To", Piper revealed that her earnings from her early singing career were negligible due to being young and taken advantage of. She claimed that she is working twice as hard now because there was a massive financial rip-off and was then left with hardly any money.
- While she was at 'Sylvia Young' (qv)'s, Billie was spotted by Hugh Goldsmith, managing director of Innocent Records, who was looking for a singer to take on the 'The Spice Girls' (qv). He liked her vocals, and at age 14, Billie signed a three-album deal. At 15, she had a number-one hit with 'Because We Want To'. Two more number ones followed and an album, Honey to the B, went double platinum, selling half a million copies in the UK alone.
- Her singing career included some misfortunes: Billie's PR company dropped her because of Chris Evan's interference with her image. Virgin dithered about releasing a new single, and Billie's manager, 'Nicki Chapman', the _"Pop Idol" (2001)_ (qv) judge, cancelled their three-year contract.
- Auditioned for the role of Nikki in _Alfie (2004)_ (qv).
- (2007) Nomination for Best Actress, for her theatre role in "Treats", Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
- (2006) Won Best Actress, Best Exit of the Year for _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv), BBC Drama Awards.
- Won the Breakthrough Award For Rising British Talent at the 10th annual South Bank Show Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London, England on Friday 27th January, 2006.
- Her parents only found out by listening to Virgin Radio that she had married Chris Evans in a Las Vegas chapel called Little Church of the West, when she was 18 and he was 34. Billie wore flip-flops and Danny Baker was best man. Billie and Chris took the second most expensive wedding package the chapel offered.