Born in Swindon, Billie Paul Piper (born Leian Paul Piper, 22 September 1982) is the only full time Doctor Who companion to have three UK Number One hits to her name. She is notable for her dyed blonde hair, big black eyebrows and being a Fox. Literally, as she married Laurence Fox in December 2007. With him, she has two sons, Winston James and Eugene Pip. They divorced in 2016, however.
She started out as an actress, but moved into singing, with "Because We Want To" making her (at fifteen) the youngest singer to debut at No. 1. After two more, her star faded somewhat — but in the middle of a lot of chaos, she married British presenter Chris Evans (no, not that Chris Evans). The marriage lasted for years and the two remain good friends.
In 2003, she returned to acting, appearing in a modern version of The Miller's Tale (from The Canterbury Tales). In 2004, she was cast in the revived Doctor Who as Rose Tyler, one of the many companions, and the first one when the TV show returned from its hiatus in 2005. She reappeared as Rose after her 2006 departure in the last three episodes of the 2008 season, made a cameo in David Tennant's final episode, and portrayed "The Moment", the sentient interface of the weapon the War Doctor used to (supposedly) destroy Gallifrey in the 50th Anniversary episode, "The Day of the Doctor".
After her departure from Who, she's appeared in some other things, most notably as Sally Lockhart in two film adaptations (alongside Matt Smith, which should give rise to some interesting shipping fanvids). That and Secret Diary of a Call Girl (where Matt Smith also showed up... hoo boy). Billie Piper's first non-BBC TV role was as the star of ITV's adaptation of Mansfield Park. She gave a critically-praised performance in Neil La Bute's play Reasons to Be Pretty, and made her debut at the National Theatre in The Effect. She subsequently starred in the Showtime Gothic Horror series Penny Dreadful as tubercular sex worker Brona Croft, who after her death is reanimated as the Bride of Frankenstein. In 2016-7 she reached new heights of critical praise as a theatre actor, in the very demanding main role of Federico García Lorca's play Yerma, winning just about every British stage acting award and several American ones, and giving her the distinction of being the only actress to have won six out of an available six Best Actress awards for a single performance.note
Billie Piper also appeared on Top Gear as a "star in a reasonably priced car," where she confessed a love of classic cars and then drove round the track in an impressive 1 minute, 48.3 seconds.note
Tropes associated with her:
- Dye Hard
- Gender-Blender Name: Not just her forename. Her middle name too, it's Paul.
- Although "Billie" is the female version of "Billy," but it sounds no different.
- I Am Not Spock: Billie Piper says she is often mistaken for Belle du Jour.
- Idol Singer
- Mondegreen: Day & Night is actually "All of the day/All of the night" but gets mistaken for "I love the day/I love the night" quite a bit
- Ms. Fanservice: Ms. Piper is not shy about appearing in (and out of) sexy outfits.
- Old Shame: She's not going to be belting out into "Because We Want To" anytime soon.note
- Transatlantic Equivalent: Ever since Doctor Who and Secret Diary started to pick up steam in terms of popularity in the U.S., more than a few American papers have described her as a British version of Britney Spears. However, since she's had more success as an actress than as a singer, Brie Larson might be a better comparison.