Billie Piper

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

22nd September, 1982

Occupation

Celebrity

Sex

1st January, 1970

Height

1.65

Billie Piper at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 6th June 2017

Billie Piper at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 6th June 2017

City Of Tiny Lights Review

Good

After the latest incarnation of Dredd, director Pete Travis shifts gears drastically for this complex noir mystery set in multiracial London. It's a stylishly made film, anchored by another superbly involving performance by Riz Ahmed. But its low budget shows in the way it strains to obscure secrets in blurry flashbacks, using intriguing characters to create a lot of atmosphere while neglecting to properly tell the story.

It's set in London's northwest inner-suburbs, where Tommy (Ahmed) grew up. He lives with his feisty but ill father (Roshan Seth) and works as a private detective. His latest client is the high-class hooker Melody (Cush Jumbo), who is concerned because one of her colleagues has gone missing. As he looks for her, Tommy discovers the dead body of a prominent businessman who has a link to his childhood friend Haafiz (James Floyd), now a high-flying property developer. And things are getting increasingly messy, with American spies prowling around and a local Muslim brotherhood entangled in the case. Tommy hires a sparky neighbour (Damson Idris) to help him, and then he runs into his childhood sweetheart Shelley (Billie Piper), who brings up emotions he thought he'd left behind.

All of this is intercut with blurred flashbacks of Tommy, Haafiz and Shelley when they were 17 years old. This stirs in some intriguing emotions, even if the scenes feel like a distraction since they take so long to reveal their secrets and never quite connect with the central mystery. Travis keeps the tone warm and dense, with dark colours, emotive faces and Tommy's probing voiceover, all of which creates a vivid sense of atmosphere. On the other hand, the plot merely gets more knotted as it goes along, bringing in more people and themes. So even if the story never quite ties up all of its lose ends, at least it's a fascinating portrayal of the ethnic mix in most London neighbourhoods.

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Billie Piper attends The Olivier Awards lunch held at The Rosewood Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Friday 10th March 2017

Billie Piper arrives for the National Theatre's annual dinner, showcase and auction to raise funds for the Learning Department of the National Theatre. Held at Olivier Theatre, South Bank - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 7th March 2017

Billie Piper arrives for the National Theatre's annual dinner, showcase and auction to raise funds for the Learning Department of the National Theatre. Held at Olivier Theatre, South Bank - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 7th March 2017

A City Of Tiny Lights Trailer

Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) is an experienced private detective living in London, whose past comes rushing back with the return of his long-lost girlfriend Shelley (Billie Piper). But that's the least of his troubles. He's called in by an escort named Melody (Cush Jumbo) following the disappearance of her Russian flatmate after the latter had left for an appointment with a client. She's willing to pay whatever cost Tommy has in mind to get her friend back, a friend who was last seen in CCTV footage arriving at a hotel in Paddington. So where better to start looking? He also enlists the help of an unlikely friend to go undercover. However, it soon becomes clear that this is a lot bigger than he first thought; he's being threatened by suits as he gets closer to uncovering the dark underworld of London's social politics. There's a disturbing religious undertone to this case, which leads Tommy unwittingly into a world of violence and terrorism.

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Chris Evans Says Marriage "Doesn't Work", Finds It "Weird"

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 October 2015

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Evans, who is happily married to his third wife Natasha Shishmanian, thinks the concept itself is outdated.

British TV presenter Chris Evans has declared that the concept of marriage “doesn’t work” and is outdated.

The 49 year old star and future presenter of ‘Top Gear’ visited a marriage counsellor and a sex therapist for the purposes of researching his new book ‘Call the Midlife’, and confessed that after having done so, it caused him to look at his own life and predict any marital issues that might lie ahead.

Evans has been married three times, and is currently happily wed to 35 year old Natasha Shishmanian, but reckons that the institution itself doesn’t apply to the 21st century and is a betrayal of human instincts.

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Penny Dreadful Coming Back For More: Sky Atlantic Horror Gets Second Season

By Jack de Aguilar in Movies / TV / Theatre on 07 June 2014

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10 more episodes are set to air in 2015

Sky Atlantic’s hugely popular horror drama, ‘Penny Dreadful’, is coming back for a second season. From highly acclaimed writer John Logan and Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, the show will come back with 10 new episodes in 2015.


Eva Green stars in Penny Dreadful

Stuart Murphy, director of Sky Entertainment channels, said: "Over the last few years we have made massive strides in bringing world class dramas to our customers' screens. Penny Dreadful epitomises the cinematic scale of drama we have come to expect from Sky Atlantic and we are really looking forward to continuing our partnership with David Nevins and Showtime, John Logan and Sam Mendes in the second series."

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Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" Isn't That Dreadful At All

By Victoria Pavlova in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 May 2014

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Josh Hartnett returns in Showtime's promising new horror series.

Whenever a show or movie tries to make a show out of a mix of gothic literary characters, it usually ends up, rather aptly, a Frankenstein monster of a story – hammy at best, clumsy and unwatchable at worst. But Showtime has been on the ball with it’s sex-and-violence dramas of late, and they’re setting up a pretty compelling story with their new show, Penny Dreadful.

Image caption Oh no, the Daleks are coming!

The programme's lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said to the BBC: "The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it's fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all."

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How Will Doctor Who Writers Explain Matt Smith AND David Tennant On Screen Together?

By Hayley Avron in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 April 2013

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Anticipation mounts for 50th anniversary edition of the BBC's beloved sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Filming for the 50th anniversary edition of Doctor Who is underway and the Daily Mail have published photos from the set. For the first time, both Matt Smith and David Tennant will appear on screen together, whilst speculation mounts as to how the show’s producers will explain away the presence of two Time Lords on screen together.


David Tennant and Matt Smith on set together for Doctor Who anniversary

Both Smith and Tennant being on screen isn’t the only surprise for the 3D special though. John Hurt has been confirmed as one of the cast members, as have Gavin and Stacey actress Joanna Page and Billie Piper, a former Doctor Who star herself. David Tennant left the show back in 2010, when he handed over the Time Lord reins to Matt Smith but he’s admitted that he’s enjoying being back on the set of the popular BBC sci-fi series and is also happy to be working with his former co-star Billie Piper again. “It is strange being back in the same suit, but it also feels very familiar and comfortable,” said Tennant. “There’s nothing quite like Doctor Who. It has a wonderful excitement about it. I always had happy times there. It’s lovely to be around Billie again, even though I see her all the time anyway.”

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David Tennant Doctor Who Anniversary

By Victoria Pavlova in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30 March 2013

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It's official - David Tennant and Billie Piper will return for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special.

Get your sonic screwdrivers and Converse ready and prepare to run, because the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will be a big one, featuring none other than David Tennant and Billie Piper.

BBC themselves have announced that the tenth doctor and his most beloved companion Rose will be back in the 50th anniversary episode, due to air this November, but they will be under different direction from last time, since this time Steven Moffat is behind the wheel. Ten and Rose will cross paths with Matt Smith’s eleventh doctor in a plot, which Moffat is so far keeping under very tight wraps. In fact, all eleven of the Doctor’s incarnations are rumoured to make an appearance in the episode.

Matt Smith, who plays the current doctor, praised Moffat’s writing for the anniversary episode. Smith has said the show "manages to pay homage to everything - and look forward".

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Going Back In Time! The 'Doctor Who' Characters We'd Love To Make 50th Anniversary Comebacks

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 13 February 2013

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The upcoming 50th anniversary of legendary British sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' has sent a flurry of fervent excitement through fans everywhere who are now spending every waking hour wondering what producers could possibly have dreamt up for this milestone celebration. Rumours have been flying around everywhere suggesting jaw dropping twists and major reunions (some of which are frankly impossible) and it is true to say that everyone is hoping for it to be their favourite 'Doctor Who' story ever.

There are, at least, some definite confirmations about what we can expect for the upcoming anniversary show. On November 23rd 2013 (that's precisely 50 years on from the airing of the first ever episode 'An Unearthly Child') a special 3D show will be aired on BBC HD and in cinemas. It's a rather apt way of celebrating 50 years; by using our own technological advances on a show full of gadgetry. Lead writer Steven Moffat told the Guardian: 'Technology has finally caught up with 'Doctor Who' and your television is now bigger on the inside' - making a reference, of course, to the Doctor's TARDIS; a police box spaceship that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

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