Billie Piper
British singer and actress
Billie Piper
Billie Paul Piper is an English singer and actress. Piper began performing in plays and dance, as she wanted to go into acting. She began her career however as a pop singer in the late 1990s, after she was talent spotted at the Sylvia Young stage school by Smash Hits magazine, through which she was given a recording contract. She later decided to retire from singing and refocus on her original ambition as an actress.
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In a Year of Surprises on the London Stage, Women Held Pride of Place
NYTimes - about 2 months
It’s not that men were in any way denied a viewing, but Billie Piper, Glenda Jackson, Sophie Melville and others shined.
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‘Penny Dreadful’ Does Horror Well
Here And Now - WBUR - almost 2 years
The cast of “Penny Dreadful,” from left: Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, Billie Piper as Brona Croft, Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm and Danny Sapani as Sembene. (Jim Fiscus/Showtime) NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd to talk about the return of Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful‘ on Sunday. The show offers much more than just cheap spooks. Guest Eric Deggans, TV critic for NPR. He tweets @Deggans.
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Tumblr brings hipster twist to year-end lists
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The retrospective started Tuesday at http://YearinReview.tumblr.com with an exploration of 20 categories ranging from the most popular musical groups to the most interesting architecture of 2013. Similar end-of-the-year lists are annual rites at Yahoo, Google, Ask and other websites equipped with search engines that sort through billions of requests for information to determine which topics piqued people's interests. [...] the annual lists released by the mainstream search engines tend to be more prosaic and predictable recitations that pore through the most popular celebrities, movies, singers, TV shows, and news stories. The top actress rankings include three performers — Billie Piper, Karen Gillan and Jenna-Louise Coleman — who have appeared on "Doctor Who," a show that didn't make the cut on Yahoo's list of the most popular TV series.
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Guess Which 'Doctor Who' Star Of 'Day Of The Doctor' Generated The Most Twitter-Chat?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Doctor Who has travelled in time to a whole new TV generation, with 56% of viewers live tweeting about the 'Day of the Doctor' 50th anniversary special when it was shown on Saturday 23 November. And one face, out of all the familiar ones to appear on the screen in the record-breaking TV special, got fans in the biggest frenzy. According to Crimson Hexagon's social monitoring and analysis, the most discussed star on the show, apart from the two main Doctors - Matt Smith and David Tennant - was Billie Piper, whose reappearance was the subject of more than a quarter of tweets about specific actors and features in the special episode. Billie Piper was a popular familiar face in 'The Day of the Doctor' 28% of users mentioned Billie Piper's return - although a number of social media conversations were disappointed with her role not being Rose Tyler (instead she played the consciousness of a world-ending device). 20% of those discussing the anniversary episode were talking about th ...
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'Day of the Doctor': The 3D Cinema Experience Reviewed
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I first remember watching Doctor Who aged about two, and as cliche demands, I was actually hiding behind the sofa. Family Thompson were tuned in because my dad, god rest his soul, was a huge fan, testament to the fact it was always meant to be a show for the whole family and not just kids' TV. Even before I could talk, I think I knew what a dalek was, as my dad made up various Doctor Who tales in lieu of the usual bedtime stories as I grew up, quaking under my quilt. After every episode, my mum delights in telling me, I'd go to bed and plead: "Please don't turn out the lights mummy and daddy. Daleks! Please keep the lights on!" I remember Jon Pertwee regenerating into Tom Baker, and grew up playing Doctor Who games with my godbrother and godsister - I always wanted to be Leela but invariably ended up as K-9. My godfather and dad even took all three of us Whovian kids to the Doctor Who convention at Longleat in 1983. It was possibly the best thing that ever happened to me as a child. ...
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'The Day Of The Doctor' Trailer: 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special Previews
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The Day of the Doctor" is upon us. BBC America will celebrate the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2:50 p.m. EST. In the trailer above, get a glimpse of Ten (David Tennant) and Eleven (Matt Smith) in action together, the return of Billie Piper as Rose Tyler and the Doctor's latest companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman). In the preview below, see the Doctors compare screwdrivers and glasses and the three Doctor (Smith, Tennant and John Hurt) together in the TARDIS. "The Day of the Doctor" airs Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2:50 p.m. EST on BBC America.
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‘Doctor Who’ Blu-ray exclusive clip: Behind the scenes with Smith
LATimes - over 3 years
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‘Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor’ anniversary special is hot ticket item
LATimes - over 3 years
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'The Day Of The Doctor': 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Episode Title And First Photo Revealed
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BBC America has revealed the title and first promotional photo from "Doctor Who's" upcoming 50th anniversary episode, which will be called "The Day of the Doctor." The anniversary special will be 75 minutes in length and will premiere on Sat., Nov. 23. It will reportedly air in the US and other countries at the same time it premieres in the UK to avoid spoilers, although an official air time has not yet been announced. "The Day of the Doctor" stars outgoing Doctor Matt Smith, predecessor David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt. The special marks the first time Tennant and Piper have appeared in the series since their farewells in 2010. According to BBC America, the special will be "a celebration for long-time fans and an opportunity for those new to the series to jump onboard." In a statement, Smith said: “The Day of the Doctor is nearly here! Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now.” Steven Moffat, lea ...
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Captain Jack & River Song Want A Spinoff
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Captain Jack met River Song and now, they want a spinoff. John Barrowman, the man who brought Captain Jack Harkness to life on "Doctor Who" and its spinoff "Torchwood," told The TV Addict that he and Alex Kingston, who plays River Song on "Doctor Who," met at a party and instantly hit it off. The two, who have both appeared on The CW's "Arrow," met at theater producer Cameron Mackintosh's house in London for an anniversary celebration. "We didn’t even say anything, we just looked at each other and went, 'Aaaaaahhh! My god!' We got a glass of champagne and started talking about how it would be great if River and Jack -- actually, she said River and Jack should have their own TV show," Barrowman said. "Then as we talked more, we realized that we're both born on the same day. We're both March 11 babies and we have so much in common. We like a lot of the same things and our attitude towards stuff is very, very similar. It struck a chord with us because that’s why River a ...
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Why You Won't See Captain Jack Return
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
You won't be seeing John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special for one very simple (but surprising) reason: He wasn't asked. “Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it’s my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked,” Barrowman told TVLine. “[The Powers That Be] don’t want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I." The Huffington Post's request for comment from BBC America was not immediately returned. Barrowman originated the role of Captain Jack when "Doctor Who" began its current run in 2005. The character went on to star in his own spinoff "Torchwood," which migrated from BBC Three to BBC Two to BBC One, and then became a co-production of BBC One and Starz for its fourth season. Captain Jack may not be in the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special, but there will be plenty of familiar faces. David Tennant and Billie Piper will return as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. Additionally, ...
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'Doctor Who' ... Gets A Name?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"The Name of The Doctor," the "Doctor Who" Season 7 finale, may reveal the biggest secret yet. BBC released the synopsis for the "Doctor Who" Season 7 finale, a poster and the title that could shake "Doctor Who" fans to the core. For years, it's been "Doctor who?" but that might all change. BBC America released the details with this statement: "Stand by for something that you might always have believed to be impossible ..." The "Doctor Who" Season 7 finale will see the return of "ER" veteran Alex Kingston as River Song. The episode description: "Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him towards the one place in all of time and space that he should never go." Following the Season 7 finale, "Doctor Who" will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a new special starring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, David Tennant and Billie Piper. "Doctor Who" airs Saturdays, 8 p.m. ET on BBC America.
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'Doctor Who' Fans, Begin Shaking & Crying
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Doctor Who" fans, Ten and Eleven are together! "Doctor Who" is currently filming its (what's sure to be epic) 50th anniversary special that will see Ten (David Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) return to the series. Fans have bee snapping pictures from the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary set and a lucky Twitter user grabbed this one of Tennant and current series star Matt Smith in front of the TARDIS in their Whovian wardrobe. Afriend of mine asked me to put this on twitter. Filming in Chepstow today #dwsr twitter.com/HWBCymru/statu… — HWB Cymru (@HWBCymru) April 17, 2013 It looks like they're being interviewed, so this should not be taken as confirmation that the two Doctors will actually meet in the special. And notice that naked creature in the background? That's an actor dressed as a Zygon, the shape-shifting villains who will appear in the special. "Doctor Who" airs Saturdays, 8 p.m. ET on BBC America.
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Another Huge 'Doctor Who' Return
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Jemma Redgrave is returning to "Doctor Who!" BBC has announced that the actress -- who played The Brigadier's (Nicholas Courtney) daughter Kate Stewart, as UNIT's scientific adviser, in Season 7 of the series -- will reprise the role for the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. Redgrave joins the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and his former companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) as well as "Harry Potter" actor John Hurt and Joanna Page for the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. The special will also see the return of the Zygons, the shape-shifters who, aside from flashbacks, haven't been a part of "Doctor Who" for more than three decades. Filming is underway on the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special, which will be a 3-D spectacular shown later this year. "Doctor Who" executive producer and writer Steven Moffat penned the script and Nick Hurran is directing. BBC tweeted a photo of Tennant and current Doctor Matt Smith at the first table read. "Doctor Who ...
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David Tennant on 'Doctor Who' And His Sexy New Show
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
David Tennant has traveled far from the TARDIS. In the two-part miniseries "Spies of Warsaw" (9 p.m. ET Wednesday, BBC America), Tennant has left behind his "Doctor Who" trench coat and traveled back in time to don the colorful uniform of a French army officer circa 1937. In "Spies," Tennant plays Col. Jean-Francois Mercier, a French intelligence officer in Warsaw who meets Anna Skarbek, a League of Nations official played by Janet Montgomery ("Made in Jersey"). They are instantly attracted to each other, but Mercier's clandestine investigations dig up disturbing information about the Third Reich's preparations for war, and all of his relationships -- personal and professional -- become fraught with danger. Mercier "is a career soldier. He was decorated for what he did in the First World War and for what he's done since, and he brings all that with him," said Tennant, who played the lead role on "Doctor Who" for three seasons. But in Mercier's work as a spy for Fra ...
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'Doctor Who' Bringing Back Classic Villains
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Doctor Who" is bringing back the Zygons. The shape-shifters will appear in the 50th anniversary special. According to BBC, aside from flashbacks, Zygons have only appeared more than 30 years ago during the Fourth Doctor's adventure, "Terror of the Zygons." In addition to the Zygons, the 50th anniversary special is bringing back Billie Piper and David Tennant. Yes, Rose and Ten are coming back. Current "Doctor Who" stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman along with John Hurt and Joanna Page will also star in the 50th anniversary special. Production on the 50th anniversary special has commenced. BBC tweeted a photo of the two Doctors after the first table read. Click through the slideshow below to see pictures from the new season of "Doctor Who." Head over to BBC American on Tumblr for more on the Zygons.
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David Tennant and Billie Piper Return to Doctor Who for 50th Anniversary Special
Forbes - almost 4 years
Doctor Who has brought sci-fi adventure to each and every episode of its Timelord-like lifespan, but the BBC has promised an even more spectacular broadcast for the 50-year anniversary. And it’s starting to look as if the BBC is making good on that promise: David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor, and Billie Piper, who played his companion Rose Tyler, will be returning for a one-episode stand.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billie Piper
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 33
    On 12 May 2016, it was announced that Piper and Fox had divorced.
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    In 2016, Piper starred in an adaption of Yerma at the Young Vic, written by Simon Stone.
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  • 2014
    Age 31
    On 29 May 2014, Piper appeared alongside Ben Whishaw in the Playhouse Presents television special Foxtrot'.
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    Piper also starred in Great Britain at the Royal National Theatre in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    Due to success and demand, the show was extended for a further month and an online petition was started for the show to be added to the National Theatre's Live Programming. In 2013, Piper was nominated for Best Actress at the Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Theatre Awards for The Effect.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    In August 2012, it was reported that Piper would make her National Theatre debut in a play by Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble titled The Effect, which ran from November 2012 to February 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Within days of the opening preview nights, the show received critical acclaim, focusing primarily on Piper's performance. The play went on to become the most critically acclaimed show of the season with Piper going on to be nominated for the What's on Stage Best Actress award for her work in The Effect. The play was also nominated for Best New Play and Best Set Designer.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    Piper played Carly in the UK premiere of reasons to be pretty at the Almeida Theatre, running from November 2011 to January 2012.
    More Details Hide Details It received critical acclaim, with Quentin Letts claiming it was "one of the better theatre productions I have 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 Piper as "fantastic, completely brilliant. Her performance is so convincing and moving, an absolutely terrific performance". The Jewish Chronicle hailed 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.
    In May 2011, it was announced that Piper would join the cast of a romance-comedy film directed by Robin Sheppard titled Truth about Lies.
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  • 2010
    Age 27
    She also shared the role of Betty with Sue Johnston in the two-part TV adaptation of A Passionate Woman, screened on BBC 1 in April 2010.
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  • 2007
    Age 24
    Piper married actor Laurence Fox in December 2007, at St Mary's Church in Easebourne, West Sussex, where they lived as of 2007. Their first son, Winston James, was born in October 2008, via emergency C-section after a 30-hour labour. They had a second son, Eugene Pip, in April 2012. On 24 March 2016, Fox announced on his Facebook page that the pair had split after eight years of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that no third party was involved in the separation.
    Piper has provided voice-overs for various television commercials, including one for Comfort fabric-softener airing in June 2007 and Debenhams airing in 2011.
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    In 2007, Piper appeared as Fanny Price in an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, screened on ITV1.
    More Details Hide Details This was her first acting role on television for a broadcaster other than the BBC.
    Piper made her stage debut in a touring production of Christopher Hampton's play Treats, which opened in early 2007 in Windsor, Berkshire.
    More Details Hide Details Treats was to have ended its tour in the West End, at the Garrick Theatre, starting in February 2007 with previews. The play officially closed in May.
    The BBC planned 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.
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    In November 2007, the BBC confirmed that she would reprise her role as Rose Tyler in the fourth series of Doctor Who for three episodes.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Doctor Who Confidential that Piper 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 2009–2010 Doctor Who specials.
    Although Piper was absent in the 2007 series, her character Rose was mentioned several times and seen in archive footage on some occasions.
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    The series, which aired from September 2007, saw Piper in several semi-nude scenes.
    More Details Hide Details As part of her preparation for the role, Piper met the memoir's author 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 season, with Piper again in the starring role, started filming in May 2008, during which two body doubles were hired to hide Piper's pregnancy during the sex scenes. The third season began airing in January 2010.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    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 show. In March 2006, she claimed that she would continue on Doctor Who into its third series in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In May, 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). In June, the BBC announced that she was to depart in "Doomsday", the final episode of the second series. Her decision to leave had been made a year previously, but remained a secret until news of her departure became public.
    At The South Bank Show Awards in January 2006, she was awarded The Times Breakthrough Award for her successful transition from singing to acting.
    More Details Hide Details In March, the Television and Radio Industries Club named her as the best new TV talent at their annual awards ceremony. In September, she was named Best Actress at the TV Quick and TV Choice Awards.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    In November 2005, she 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.
    More Details Hide Details Piper 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 which was broadcast in December 2006, she played protagonist Sally Lockhart, a Victorian orphan.
    BBC News named her one of its "Faces of the Year" for 2005, primarily due to her success in Doctor Who.
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    Piper won the Most Popular Actress category at the 2005 and 2006 National Television Awards for her work on Doctor Who.
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  • 2003
    Age 20
    In the autumn of 2003, it was announced that Doctor Who would be resurrected in 2005; the casting of Piper as Rose Tyler, a travelling companion to the ninth incarnation of The Doctor (to be played by Christopher Eccleston), was announced in May 2004.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2001
    Age 18
    Piper married DJ, television presenter and businessman 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.
    More Details Hide Details They have remained friends. A report in The Independent on 27 June 2006, stated that Piper has declared that she does not wish to claim any money from Evans' reported £50 million wealth or his £540,000 salary from BBC Radio 2. In an interview with the Radio Times, she said: "I'm not taking a penny from him. I think that's disgusting." She also revealed 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.
    In February 2001, Piper appeared in court to testify against a woman named Juliet Peters.
    More Details Hide Details Peters was charged with, and eventually convicted of, stalking as well as making numerous threats against Piper and members of her family. Peters received psychiatric treatment as part of her sentence. 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." In January 2007, 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 successful, with "Honey to the Bee" re-entering the official UK singles chart at No. 17, eight years after it was first released.
  • 2000
    Age 17
    In October 2000, Piper released her second album, Walk of Life, which reached Number 14 in the UK Album Chart, but quickly fell off the charts and was certified Silver in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details The album only charted in two other countries: New Zealand, where it reached No. 17 only, and Australia, where it was a minor success and peaked at No. 23. In Piper's autobiography, she states that the album was a "commercial bomb". The song "Walk of Life", the final single off this album, was released in December 2000 and reached Number 25 in the UK Singles Chart.
    During that time, Piper recorded her second album. She decided to release further records under her full name of Billie Piper. She returned to the Singles Chart in May 2000 with her third number one single "Day & Night".
    More Details Hide Details She waited until September to release "Something Deep Inside", which reached No. 4, but her success waned.
  • 1999
    Age 16
    In 1999, Piper was nominated for two BRIT Awards and won two awards at the 1999 Smash Hits Poll Winners' party, although she was reduced to tears at the latter ceremony after being booed by fans of Ritchie Neville, who she was dating at the time.
    More Details Hide Details She then started to tour and release in Asia. The singles and the album were released during mid-to-late 1999. In August of that year, the follow-up to "Because We Want To" was released in Japan, a single comprising "Girlfriend" and "She Wants You" combined. She recorded a song for Pokémon: The First Movie titled "Makin' My Way (Any Way That I Can)".
  • 1998
    Age 15
    At the 1998 Smash Hits Poll Winners' party, Piper was nominated for Best New Act (for which she came second, it being won by B*Witched) and won Princess of Pop (she was the first to win this award).
    More Details Hide Details She then released "She Wants You" as the third single from the album. The song reached No. 3. "Honey to the Bee" was released as the fourth single from the album; like the previous single, it reached No. 3. At the same time, "She Wants You" was released in the US, reaching No. 9 on the "Hot Club Dance Play" chart.
    She was offered a record deal at the age of 15, and in 1998, 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".
    More Details Hide Details Her follow-up single "Girlfriend" also debuted at number one. Piper's debut album Honey to the B was released immediately afterwards, and debuted and peaked at Number 14 in the UK album charts, selling more than 300,000 copies in the UK alone along with a Platinum certification, and a 2x Platinum certification in New Zealand, where it reached No. 3. However, Honey to the B found limited success in other territories, such as Australia where it debuted and peaked at No. 31 despite the success of "Honey to the Bee", and in the US it almost went completely unnoticed, peaking at No. 17 on the Heatseekers.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 0
    Piper was born in Swindon, Wiltshire. Her first name, Leian, was legally changed to Billie on 25 April 1983, by her parents, Paul Victor Piper and Mandy Kane Kent.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Piper's career began when she was selected to appear on the Saturday morning children's television show Scratchy & Co. She later landed a role in a television commercial promoting the pop magazine Smash Hits.
  • 1982
    Born
    Born on September 22, 1982.
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