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.