Aug 15 2017
As Billie Piper returns to the stage, close friend and writer of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Lucy Prebble, asks the award-winning actress why she is unafraid of turning everything on its head.
I ought to be fine interviewing Billie Piper. She’s my best friend. We chat rubbish about our lives every other day. But coming in and talking to her for Stylist feels different..
At the shoot, I find Billie smiley but very much in charge and I’m reminded briefly that, ‘Oh yeah, Billie is a star’. Stars have a gravitational pull that can’t be explained; people orbit them. And today, it’s not Billie, my hungover, rolling-up mate; it’s Billie, the award-winning actress who stunned critics with her incredible portrayal of a childless woman in 2016’s Yerma. She is perched on a chair reminiscing with make-up artist Karin, who, by coincidence, is the same make-up artist who worked with Billie at the very beginning of her career. It’s fitting Karin being here because, at 34, it feels like Billie is embarking on a whole new phase of life, one that’s as big as her Nineties transformation from Swindon teen to pop superstar.
I met Billie over 10 years ago when we worked together on the TV show Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. I wrote it, she starred in it. It turned out lighter than we both wanted and the critical reception was fierce so ultimately it wasn’t the perfect creative experience for either of us, but I clearly remember her turning to me at the end and saying, “I want to be your friend.” What an honour. Since then she’s also starred in my 2012 play, The Effect, and we’re now creating a new TV show together, about a woman in her 30s going through a life crisis. That’s something we both can relate to.
Apr 6 2017
Billie visited Steve Wright In The Afternoon at BBC Radio 2 yesterday, she chatted with him about City Of Tiny Lights, listen here!
Mar 29 2017
She’s been a pop star, a sci-fi pin-up, a celebrated television actress, and has two Olivier nominations under her belt. There’s definitely no pigeonholing Billie Piper. InStyle chatted to her about her penchant for playing females she “loves to hate”, her love affair with London and why her latest co-star, Riz Ahmed, is a “triple threat”.
Billie is currently promoting her new film City Of Tiny Lights, in which she stars opposite man of the moment, Riz Ahmed. It’s a gritty West London-set thriller, which spoke to the city-loving actress enough to draw her back to the big screen after 12 years away.
That’s not to say she’s had any down time, following a string of roles in TV hits like Doctor Who, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl and Penny Dreadful, she completed a run of Yerma last year, and was lauded for her titular role as a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. It’s a palpably draining role for anyone watching, but the fearless actress is going back for more, with a second sold out run set to start at The Young Vic in July.
Feb 1 2017
Former Doctor Who star Billie Piper has ruled herself out of replacing Peter Capaldi when the Time Lord regenerates at the end of the upcoming series but has backed calls for the new Doctor to be female.
Peter has announced that he will leave the Tardis in the Christmas special later this year, saying his time as the 12th Doctor has been “cosmic”.
Billie, 34, played companion Rose Tyler opposite Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant’s Doctors. She reprised the role for later specials and is one of the female stars fans have said they would like to see in the title role.
However, she told the Press Association: “I wouldn’t like that responsibility, it’s just too enormous, it’s so much work.”
Billie said she would like to see another woman in the role instead, adding: “They have been talking about that since I started. Maybe it’s one of those things they like to talk about that never comes to fruition, annoyingly.
Nov 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’.
Nov 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.
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