7 things you didn’t know about actress, writer and director Billie Piper

From chart topping hits to film directing... Billie Piper has done it all!

Billie Piper bust onto the music scene back in 1998 when she released her record-breaking smash hit Because We Want To… but these days she is a renowned actress, writer and has even made her directorial debut in current film, Rare Beasts.

But while we might recognise Billie from TV shows like Doctor Who and Secret Diary of a Call Girl, there is plenty more to learn about the actress.

Here are 7 things you might not already know about Billie Piper…

1. She’s not always been called Billie

Billie was born in Swindon in September 1982, but she was originally named Leian Paul Piper, which her parents decided they weren’t happy with. In April the following year they legally changed her name to Billie and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. She’s a world record holder

Billie Piper

Billie started her career as a chart-topping singer (Picture: Getty Images)

Billie’s amazing career began when she was just 15 years old when she became the youngest artist to ever enter the UK singles chart at number one with her single ‘Because We Want To’.

But despite releasing two double platinum albums, three number one hits and four top five singles, Billie decided to leave her music career behind her and focused on her true passion… acting.

3. She’s an award-winning actress

The Olivier Awards 2017 - Winners Room

Billie Piper won a Best Actress Olivier Awards for Yerma in 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)

If Billie’s singing career wasn’t enough of a success, she then went on to become a household name when she joined the cast of Doctor Who as the now infamous companion Rose Tyler in 2005.

Billie was a huge hit in the role and won countless awards for her portrayal of the Doctor’s sidekick, but after two series in the show she decided it was time to move on and try her hand at something new.

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4. She has a love for treading the boards

It’s not just film and TV that Billie is famous for, she is also highly acclaimed in the world of theatre. She has been awarded truckloads of awards for her various appearances on the stage, but it was her role in Yerma at the Young Vic in 2016 that really got people talking.

She went on to win a total of six Best Actress awards for that one performance, making her the only actress to have won six out of an available six awards for a single performance.

5. She has three children 

Billie has two sons, Winston and Eugene, with ex-husband Laurence Fox, and earlier this year she welcomed a daughter called Tallulah into the world with partner Johnny Lloyd, frontman of indie rock band, Tribes.

6. She’s also a film director 

Billie not only plays the lead role in her new film, Rare Beasts, but she also wrote and directed it, too. She wrote the screenplay seven years ago and it premiered at the Venice Film Festival on 31st August this year. The film also stars David Thewlis, Leo Bill and Kerry Fox.

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7. She’s still good friends with Chris Evans  

In 2001 Billie made headlines when she married DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas after just six months of dating.

The pair split in 2007 but have remained the best of friends, with Billie recently appearing on Chris’s Virgin Radio breakfast show to talk about her latest film, Rare Beasts.

Main pic of Billie Piper: Getty Images