I’ve added 4 UHQ stills from ‘Collateral’, which starts on BBC2, Tuesday at 9pm. Watch the trailer below:
It can’t be — but it is — almost 20 years since I last interviewed Billie Piper. In 1998, the builder’s daughter from Swindon was not yet 16, fresh out of Sylvia Young Theatre School, and the youngest artist ever to debut at No 1. “Why you gotta play that song so loud? Because we want to!” as that first megahit, the one with the spaceship video, went.
What a year 1998 was for earwormy girl-power pop, with the Spice Girls, B*witched, Cleopatra et al. Piper was the most precocious and prettiest pop star of them all. The details of that interview are hazy — it was such a long time ago — but I still remember thinking how sweet, adorable and enthusiastic she was, and at the same time what a curse fame can be when you are a child. A year or so later, we bumped into each other on a flight to LA (in economy class), and a while after that, pictures of her teetering out of the pub with her new husband, Chris Evans, started appearing in the tabloids.
Scroll forward to now, and here the two of us are again, sitting in a booth at the swanky Colony Grill, in Mayfair. Wearing glitter on her fingernails (courtesy, apparently, of her two sons by ex-husband Laurence Fox), a red check jacket from the Kooples and biker boots, Piper, now 35, has hardly aged at all.
Billie attended the Evening Standard Theatre Awards yesterday evening in London. 100 HQ photos have been added, more to come! How stunning does she look?!
This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Small Business Saturday, a day that shines a spotlight on all the amazing small and independent businesses across the country in this busy Christmas shopping period.
To celebrate, Billie Piper, a passionate supporter of small businesses, decided to step off the Londonstage and don an apron to help out in her favourite local showp in North London – The Cake House.
While at The Cake House, Piper alongside the café owner, Lorenzo, helped out, baking and icing cakes to encourage everyone to get out there and support Small Business Saturday. Lorenzo has owned the café for over 15 years making it an integral part of the community in which Piper and many others live.
“I‘ve been coming to The Cake House – daily! – since I moved to the area. I live locally and absolutely love the relationships with people in what feels like a village. I want my kids to know people in the community and be able to come into The Cake House and ask for their ridiculous desert requests! I come to The Cake House all the time and Lorenzo has managed to get my daily coffee order down from three shots to two which, in fairness, took quite some doing.“ – Billie Piper
Small Business Saturday sees thousands of small businesses all over the country take part every year since its inception. According to research undertaken by American Express, founder and principal supporter of Small Business Saturday, last year a total of over £717 million pounds was spent by shoppers on this particular day.
“I was delighted when Amex asked me to help support this year‘s Small Business Saturday. They actually read about me talking about local businesses that I‘m passionate about in my local press and decided to contact me to get involved. Independent retailers across the UK offer so much more to a community than just a shop – and that is something I really care about.“ – Billie Piper
The level of violence against women across the world is staggering. From rape used as a weapon of war, to young girls in refugee camps who are forced to have sex to survive, or women in London who are sexually harassed at work.
These are lines that should not be crossed, and now more than ever we need to take a stand. Every donation will bring us one step closer to eliminating violence. Will you help us #drawaline?
Billie was seen in North London on 15th November, sporting a new pink hair do! HQ candids below:
Federico García Lorca’s 1934 devastating drama is radically reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone, who transforms the achingly powerful tale of a provincial Spanish woman’s desperate desire to have a child into a parable of modern life. Having won 2017 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress for Billie Piper when staged at the Young Vic in London, this full-blooded production is transported to the Armory for its highly anticipated North American premiere.
Making her New York stage debut, the extraordinary Piper delivers a fearless performance as the woman—now a blogger and journalist—driven to the unthinkable by her obsession with her own infertility while brutally documenting her trauma amidst the internet-surfing blogosphere of today. Stone—in his New York directorial debut—superbly stages this requiem for lost hope in a glass tank that transforms from luxurious apartment to garden to wild music festival at an electrifying pace. Intersecting the audience, this highly unusual staging serves as a strikingly effective visual metaphor to imitate life under a microscope and lived online while heightening our sense of voyeurism.
Yerma runs from 23rd March – 21st April 2018.
Tickets & all information available: here! Tickets go on sale Nov 27th!