Billie Paul Piper (born Lianne Piper, on 22 September 1982, in Swindon, Wiltshire) is an English singer and actress. Piper began performing in plays and dance, as she wanted to go into acting. She began her career however as a pop singer in the late 1990s, after she was talent spotted at the Sylvia Young stage school by Smash Hits magazine, through which she was given a recording contract. She later decided to retire from singing and refocus on her original ambition as an actress. Her most famous role is as Rose Tyler, companion to the Doctor, in the television series Doctor Who from 2005 to 2006, a role she reprised in 2008 and 2010. In 2007, Broadcast magazine listed Piper at no. 6 in its 'Hot 100' list of influential on-screen performers, the top woman on the list.
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