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).
- Refused to take any money from her divorce settlement with 'Chris Evans (I)' (qv).
- (2007/08) Nomination for London Newcomer of the Year, for her theatre role in "Treats", Theatregoers' Choice Awards.
- (2006) Won The Times Breakthrough Award - Rising British Talent, The South Bank Show Awards.
- Son Winston James Fox, was born October 21st 2008. Father is Laurence Fox.
- 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.
- She was nominated for two BRIT Awards (the UK equivalent of the Grammys) in 1999, for Best British Newcomer and Best British Female, but lost to 'Belle & Sebastian' (qv) in the former category and 'Des'ree' (qv) in the latter category.
- During her singing career she suffered from insomnia due to the pressure of fame.
- (2006) Won Best Actress, Best Exit of the Year for _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv), BBC Drama Awards.