Aug 18 2016
Chris is joined by Hollywood heavyweight Jonah Hill ahead of his latest blockbuster War Dogs, sporting pundit turned quiz show host Jeff Stelling and amazing actress Billie Piper. Plus country singing sisters Ward Thomas provide the Friday soundtrack as they perform live in the studio.
Listen to her interview here!
Jul 27 2016
Billie Piper says her latest stage role, about a woman desperate to have a child, feels very relevant because it’s an issue being faced by many women she knows.
“It chimed quite vividly with me because so many of my friends are finding it quite hard to go through that,” Piper says. “It seems to be a very common topic at the moment.”
Piper plays the title role of Yerma in a modern retelling of Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1934 tragedy about a woman whose desperation to become a mother is met with indifference by her husband.
Simon Stone’s version, which begins previews at the Young Vic this week, relocates the action from rural Spain to contemporary London.
Speaking during a break in rehearsals, Piper admits she hadn’t heard of the play until she was approached about the role at the end of last year.
“I read the original, and I thought that it was one of the most beautiful pieces of poetry,” she says. “It’s that story of a modern woman who is suddenly suffocated and strangled by her ticking clock.
“I witness that all around me, and I read about it frequently. I thought that it seemed like a very relevant piece of work.”
Jul 11 2016
With her infectiously peppy Because We Want To, Billie Piper launched phase one of her career back in 1998, becoming the youngest ever artist to debut at No 1 in the UK. But after two hit albums, she segued into an acting career that has eclipsed even her music success.
Adored by Doctor Who fans for playing Rose Tyler, companion to David Tennant’s Doctor, she’s also known for taking on the role of sex worker Belle de Jour in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and as Brona Croft in Penny Dreadful. She has enjoyed regular stints on the London stage – rejoining Call Girl writer Lucy Prebble for The Effect, and starring in Richard Bean’s phone-hacking drama Great Britain. Next up is the lead role in Yerma, a Lorca tragedy updated by the iconoclastic Simon Stone.
With Yerma opening at the Young Vic on 28 July, Piper is joining us to answer your questions about it and anything else in her career, from 1pm BST on Wednesday 13 July – post them here.
May 1 2016
It’s been 10 years since David Tennant and Billie Piper were the stars of Doctor Who – and if that makes you feel old, you’re not alone…
Piper told Digital Spy that she now meets 10-year-old Doctor Who enthusiasts at fan signings, who were born when she was still playing Rose Tyler.
“I go and meet the fans sometimes at these signings – at the conventions – and a lot of them are like, ‘Yeah, I would watch Doctor Who as a baby with my Mum and Dad’ and I’m thinking, ‘Jeez! I don’t need to hear that!’.
“Or some of them at 10 are like, ‘My Mum and Dad named me after Rose Tyler’ and you’re looking at them and they’ve got their smart phones… and you’re thinking, ‘Oh my God – this is insane!’.
May 1 2016
Penny Dreadful is returning for a third season – and you can expect Billie Piper’s Lily to wreak some bloody vengeance.
Piper played the ill-fated prostitute Brona in the gothic drama’s first season, but her character was reborn in the second as Lily Frankenstein, bride of the monster.
“She has a lot of pain and she’s been savaged in many ways,” Piper told Digital Spy.
“Now she has this new-found purpose of recruiting fallen women – and she’s found this serious partner in crime to do that with.”
Said partner in crime being Reeve Carney’s immortal rogue Dorian Gray, whom Piper calls Lily’s “enabler”.
May 1 2016
As the brutal but beautifully-shot Penny Dreadful returns for a third series, with Billie Piper’s immortal Lily ready to wage war on those who’ve wronged women, Susan Griffin catches up with the star to talk horror and twisted heroines.
The gothic set for Penny Dreadful might look incredible, but Billie Piper reveals her sons weren’t overly impressed when they visited her during production.
“I thought it would be a really scary experience, but my kids couldn’t be less interested in being on set,” says the 33-year-old mum of seven-year-old Winston and four-year-old Eugene.
“It’s the last thing they want to do, I’ve learnt that. There was semi-interest in the Doctor Who sets when I was doing the 50th anniversary special, because it’s a more colourful experience and less intense. They could actually watch the filming if they wanted to.”
Apr 27 2016
What drew you to Penny Dreadful in the first place?
Billie Piper: The script immediately hooked me – that’s the only place to start. I was also attracted by the people involved and the promise of playing ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’!
Were you at all daunted by the idea of playing such an iconic character?
Billie: No, because I knew it would be a very tasty interpretation. It wasn’t going to be a simple resurrection of a classic character. During the course of Penny Dreadful, you might actually find out more about that kind of chick!
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