Billie Paul Piper is an English singer, dancer, and actress best known for her role as Rose Tyler, companion to The Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who. 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. She also starred as the high-flying escort Belle de Jour in the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and was Brona, an Irish immigrant, in the horror TV series Penny Dreadful.
She made her music debut in Scratchy & Co, and 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, which was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, and platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. She has since retired from the recording industry and launched her successful acting career.
More recently, Piper has taken to the stage. She has starred in five plays and picked up numerous Best Actress awards, most notably a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Yerma. She went on to pick up a total of six Best Actress awards for that one performance, including the Olivier Award, making Piper the only actor to have picked up six out of an available six Best Actress awards for a single performance.
Her upcoming projects are Eternal Beauty and Rare Beasts with David Thewlis, premiering in 2019.