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.