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Billie Piper

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Billie Piper
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Lianne Paul Lawrence

Born: Wed 22nd September 1982 (age: 31)

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Billie Piper is an English singer and actress, born in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK

Piper began her career in the late 1990s as a pop singer. Offered a record deal at the age of fifteen she was 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". Her follow-up single "Girlfriend" also debuted at number one.

Her debut album Honey to the B was released immediately afterwards, and debuted and peaked at Number 14 in the UK album charts, gaining a Platinum certification in the UK, and a 2x Platinum certification in New Zealand, where it reached #3.

At the 1998 Smash Hits Poll Winners' party, she was runner up to B*Witched as Best New Act. In 1999, Piper was nominated for two BRIT Awards and won 2 awards at the 1999 Smash Hits Poll Winners' party.

In 2000 she recorded her second album under her full name, Billie Piper. She hit the Number 1 spot with "Day & Night". 

In May 2001 Piper married businessman, DJ and television presenter Chris Evans in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas. 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.

In May 2004, Piper was cast as Rose Tyler, a travelling companion to The Doctor in the revised series returning to BBC Television for a full series after a break of 15 years. 

Piper won the Most Popular Actress category at the 2005 and 2006 National Television Awards for her work on Doctor Who and 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.

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.

She reprised 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. 

Piper has stared 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. 

In 2007 Piper married actor Laurence Fox, son of actor James Fox at St Mary's Church in Easebourne, West Sussex. Their first child, Winston James Fox, was born by  in October 2008.






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