Saturday, August 3, 2013
On April 25, 1983, her name was officially changed to Billie Paul Piper by her parents Paul Victor Piper and Mandy Kane Kent. She studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
Billie began her career when she was selected to appear on the Saturday morning children's television show "Scratchy & Co."
She later landed a role in a TV commercial promoting pop magazine "Smash Hits." At the young age of 15, Billie was offered a record deal.
It also became the official song of the 1999 Women's World Cup. The song was also successful in Sweden, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and Canada.
The song was also successful in New Zealand and moderately successful in Ireland, Sweden and Australia.
When the album was released in the U.S. a year later, it managed to peak at #17 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The song was also moderately successful in New Zealand and Ireland. It received positive reviews from music critics and was featured in a Target commercial after it was released in the U.S.
It was also released a promotional vinyl single in the U.K. It was limited to 500 copies and was unable to chart there.
At the 1998 "Smash Hits" Poll Winners' party, Billie was nominated for "Best New Act" and came in second. She became the first artist to win the "Princess of Pop" award.
In 1999, Billie was featured on the single "Thank ABBA For the Music" which also featured artists such as Tina Cousins, Steps, Cleopatra and B*Witched.
During that same year, Billie was nominated for two BRIT Awards and won two awards at the 1999 "Smash Hits" Poll Winners' party.
At the ceremony, Billie was reduced to tears as she was booed by fans of Richie Neville (a member of boy band Five that she was dating at the time).
Billie later started touring and releasing music in Asia. She also recorded a song to the soundtrack for "Pokémon: The First Movie" entitled "Makin' My Way (Any Way That I Can)."
During 2000, Billie began recording her second album and decided to release further records under her full name "Billie Piper."
The song received positive reviews from music critics and was certified Silver. It was also moderately successful in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
According to Billie's autobiography and from various sources, the single sold over a quarter of a million copies in the U.K. alone.
After the release of the single, Billie decided to retire from the music business.
On February 17, 2001, Billie appeared in court to testify against a woman named Juliet Peters who was later convicted of stalking and making numerous threats against Billie and her family. The woman received psychiatric treatment as part of her sentence.
According to Billie's autobiography, she was reluctant about the court case, but was pushed by her parents & record label.
She also stated in the book that this was the reason why "The Tide is High" was not released as a single.
In January of 2007, BBC 1 Radio DJ Chris Moyles began a campaign to get "Honey to the Bee" back into the Top 100 on download sales as a way of testing out new chart rules that favor download sales.
The campaign was successful and "Honey to the Bee" re-entered the U.K. Singles chart at #17 (eight years after the single was first released).
In 2005, Billie took on the role of Rose Tyler in the television series "Doctor Who."
From 2007 to 2011, she starred as Hannah Baxter in another television series "Diary of a Call Girl." She has appeared in numerous television shows, movies and stage productions.
These days, Billie continues to be active in the entertainment business as an actress.
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