Billy Paul Piper is a British actress and former singer. She is probably best known for her role as Rose Tyler in “Doctor Who.” Her birth name is Lianne Paul Piper, though it was officially changed less than a year later to Billie Paul Piper.
Billie Piper began her career as a child actress on the TV show “Scratchy & Co.” From there, she landed on a commercial that promoted the pop magazine Smash Hits. Record scouts saw her and she was offered a record deal.
Had this been written earlier, she might have been more famous as a pop princess. By the time she was 15, she had already released four singles. Her 1998 debut “Because We Want To” ranked number one on the UK Billboard list. Her albums include “Honey to the B” and “Walk of Life.” She said, “I was freakishly ambitious. I didn’t want to be a child. I wanted my own flat, to work and be a grown up.”
Unfortunately, sometimes fame comes with unwanted side effects: Piper appeared in court to testify against a woman who was charged with stalking. She also battled with anorexia.
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Billie later said that her earnings from her music work were negligible due to being young and having been taken advantage of. She said, “No one had much faith in me because I was so young. They imagined a little brat with a flash-in-the-pan single…Thankfully, I proved them wrong.”
Billie Piper landed on the series “Doctor Who” and played the role from 2005-2006, and then reprised it in 2010 and 2013. She also acted as an escort in the TV series “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” in which she acted some scenes semi-nude.
She is the mother of two children, Eugene Pip Fox and Winston James Fox. She is married to Laurence Fox, her second marriage after her divorce from Chris Evans (whom she married in a secret Las Vegas wedding after only six months of dating.) Though is she often seen as a blonde, she is a natural brunette.
Billie Pipier and her husband lived on a rural retreat in Sussex with pigs, chickens and a horse, but they had to re-home their animals for their move to Los Angeles, where they now reside. She said, “I’m going to be trying the American accent and I’ve been training for it.”
She admitted, “One of the things she and her husband argue about is the fact that I literally can’t plan at all.”