"Billie Paul Piper" (born "Leanne Paul Piper" on 22 September 1982) is an English actress. She began her career as a pop singer in her teens, but is now best known for portraying Rose Tyler, companion to the Doctor in the television series ''Doctor Who'' until mid 2006. Her role in ''Doctor Who'' has made her a household name in the United Kingdom.
Piper's first break in the entertainment world came as a teenager, when she was selected to appear on the Saturday morning kids' television show ''Scratchy & Co''. Piper later landed a role in a television commercial promoting the pop magazine ''Smash Hits''. Her role was to run up to the camera, blow a bubblegum bubble and shout "Pop!" Soon after she was offered a record deal at the age of fifteen, and in 1998 became the youngest artist ever to debut at number one in the UK singles chart with "Because We Want To", released under the artist name "Billie". Her follow-up single "Girlfriend" also debuted at Number One, and her first album, ''Honey to the B'' (released immediately afterwards) debuted at Number 14 in the UK album charts. She released two further singles off the album, "She Wants You" and "Honey to the Bee"; both song...