Written by Mandy / Gallery Update , TV Appearance & Interviews / November 25, 2016
First she conquered the pop charts, then the small screen. Now Billie Piper’s dazzling turn as a woman struggling to conceive in ‘Yerma’ at the Young Vic has won her an Evening Standard Theatre Award. Nick Curtis meets this year’s Best Actress.
It is 11am on the morning after the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Old Vic and Billie Piper has a crushing hangover. The 34-year-old got a standing ovation when she won the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for her career-making performance as Yerma, in a production at the Young Vic that reinvented Federico Garcia Lorca’s barren Spanish villager as a modern woman destroyed by her inability to have a child.
‘Oh crikey, thank you, I love this,’ Piper said from the stage. She told the play’s writer and director, Simon Stone: ‘You scared the s*** out of me and I thank you for it.’ To her mother, Mandy, her companion for the evening, she said simply: ‘I love you mum.’ After that, things got messy.
‘It was a great night, such fun, such an overwhelming experience,’ Piper croaks. ‘I just smoked an enormous amount of cigarettes and was shouting all night long. I got very, very drunk, but I didn’t realise I was drunk. I think I was pumped with adrenaline.’ During the star-studded ceremony, she sat at a relatively quiet table with the Young Vic boss, David Lan, and the polymathic director and producer Stephen ‘Billy Elliot’ Daldry — ‘people with the right level of commitment to the cause’ — and later found herself ‘at every given moment talking to someone deeply impressive. My mum kept her cool, even around Glenn Close, which was awesome’.
Written by Mandy / Awards & Nominations , Gallery Update / November 15, 2016
Billie attended The 62nd Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday and was awarded the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for her role in Yerma! She looked simply stunning, so proud of her! 105 HQ photos have been added to the gallery!
Billie Piper On Her Evening Standard Theatre Award-Winning Performance: ‘I was always in a state of shock at the end of Yerma’
Written by Mandy / Project Update , TV Appearance & Interviews , Yerma / November 15, 2016
After her performance in Yerma electrified the capital, on Sunday night Billie Piper scooped Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. She tells Nick Curtis about her life on the fast track.
Like many things in her life, Billie Piper embraced her triumph at Sunday night’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards wholeheartedly. “It feels GREAT,” laughs the 34-year-old, handling the statuette for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress, which she won for her heartrending performance as Yerma at the Young Vic, in a production that turned Lorca’s barren Spanish villager into a modern London woman desperate for a child.
The applause from the starry crowd at the Old Vic, at an evening co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev, was as heartfelt and unanimous as the reviews lauding her performance.
Piper was “devastatingly good,” wrote the Standard’s Henry Hitchings. For the Times, her “full-blooded” performance marked the former teen pop star’s “transition into a major dramatic artist”. After the opening night a veteran producer and I, shaken and open-mouthed, agreed that we had seen the performance of the year. “Wow. Just wow,” said the producer.
Written by Mandy / City Of Tiny Lights , Gallery Update , Project Update / October 14, 2016
Billie attended the 60th BFI London Film Festival last night for the City Of Tiny Lights Premiere, with co-stars Riz Ahmed, Cush Jumbo and director Pete Travis. Looking stunning in Peekaboo Vintage, 65 HQ & MQ photos have been added to the gallery, thanks to Miss Billie Piper for some of these!