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In her first appearance on the east coast, Billie Piper is coming to Awesome Con 2014! We couldn’t be more excited!
Born in 1982 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, Billie Piper first came to prominence as a pop singer. After getting a record deal at age 15, she became the youngest recording artist ever to debut at number one on the UK singles chart, with her song “Because We Want To.” After her music career fizzled, she transitioned to acting, her first love. Although she worked on the stage and in films, Piper is best known for her television work, including the role as Rose Tyler, a travelling companion to the Doctor, on the hugely successful U.K. science-fiction program, Doctor Who.
Piper studied at London’s prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. Discovered as a poster girl for the U.K. pop music magazine Smash Hits, she was offered a record deal as a teenager. When she released her first single, “Because We Want To,” at age 15, Piper made history: The song debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, making Piper the youngest recording artist to score that distinction. When her second single, “Girlfriend,” went to No. 1, she was branded as England’s new “pop princess’, and her debut album, Honey to the B, sold more than 3 million copies in the United Kingdom.
After time away from the music business, Piper decided to pursue her first love, acting, and took classes in London. When the popular science-fiction television program Doctor Who was relaunched in 2005 by the BBC, Piper was chosen to play Rose Tyler, traveling companion to the Doctor. The success of the new iteration of the series catapulted Piper to renewed popularity; she won the Most Popular Actress Award two years running at the U.K.’s National Television Awards. She was also awarded the Breakthrough Award by The Times of London for her transition from singing to acting.
Piper was also critically praised for her role as Hannah Baxter on the ITV2 program Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which followed the life of a high-class “lady of the evening.” Other notable work includes BBC costume dramas like “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Canterbury Tales,” and film roles in Things to do Before You’re Thirty and The Calcium Kid, with Orlando Bloom.
Billie will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only.
Awesome Con DC will be on April 18-20, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Show hours are 3pm-8pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday. Details at the website: www.awesomecondc.com