Her real passion lay in acting however, and in 2003 she hung up the microphone and began to pursue her true ambition. She quickly found roles in the BBC series The Canterbury Tales and Bella and the Boys. Both performances were critically acclaimed confirming her obvious talent for drama. This trend of securing critical acclaim for great performances was furthered in her roles in period dramas such as Ruby in the Smoke and Mansfield Park.
It was her role as 'Rose Tyler' in the revamped and immensely popular Doctor Who that would bring further success. Piper's portrayal of Rose won her the Most Popular Actress award at the 2005 and 2006 National Television Awards. A string of other awards and lead roles followed, in a period that saw her leave Doctor Who and land the lead in ITV2's Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
The first episode attracted 1.8 million viewers which lead the way for the first and second seasons to become the highest-rated series on the network to date. Secret Diary of a Call Girl has become a global phenomenon thanks to Piper's engaging portrayal of Belle.
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Billie Piper Facts
|Birth Name||Billie Paul Piper|
|Also known as||Billie|
|Birthday||September 22, 1982 (36)|
|Birthplace||Swindon, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||5' 5" (1m65) How tall is Billie Piper compared to you?|