Billie Piper: The Rollercoaster Life of Britain's Hottest Star
For someone of such a young age, Billie Piper has already lived one hell of a life. She was first catapulted to national fame as the face of Smash Hits magazine. A record contract soon followed, and Billie found herself the youngest artist ever to debut at number one. A pop star at fifteen with enviable commercial success and a huge fanbase, the bubble had to burst. Her health deteriorated, with a series of scares about her kidneys; she also found herself the victim of death threats by an unhinged stalker, culminating in a traumatic court case. Billie wanted out. She found salvation in the arms of Chris Evans, married him, aged eighteen, in a Vegas wedding and embarked on a two-year travel spree, with not a few drinking binges thrown in for good measure. Turning her back on her music career, despite her platinum debut album and two BRIT Award nominations, she found critical acclaim as an actress in the BBC's adaptation of The Canterbury Tales. A film with Orlando Bloom later (The Calcium Kid), she secured the role of Rose in Doctor Who, and confirmed her new direction as an accomplished actress. In 2005, she and Evans formally separated, and Billie is now feeding the gossip pages with her new relationship with student squeeze Amadu Sowe. With a third series of Doctor Who now confirmed, and the lead role in the BBC's big-budget film version of Phillip Pullman's The Ruby and the Smoke to look forward to, a future in Hollwood seems there for the taking.
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