1. She made her debut in Scratchy & Co. , and at the age of 15, she signed a recording contract and released her debut single “Because We Want To”, which debuted at number one in the UK and made her the youngest artist ever to debut at number one.
2. In 2003, she retired from the recording industry and launched an acting career.
3. Her most famous role is as Rose Tyler, companion to The Doctor from 2005 to 2006, in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, a role she reprised in 2008, From 2007 until 2011, she starred as the high-flying escort Belle de Jour in the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
4. She currently stars as Brona Croft/Lily in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
5. Her first name, Leian, was legally changed to Billie on 25 April 1983, by her parents, Paul Victor Piper and Mandy Kane Kent.
6. She later landed a role in a television commercial promoting the pop magazine Smash Hits.
7. She was offered a record deal at the age of 15, 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 stage mononym “Billie”. Her follow-up single “Girlfriend” also debuted at number one.
8. However, Honey to the B found limited success in other territories, such as Australia where it debuted and peaked at No. 31 despite the success of “Honey to the Bee”, and in the US it almost went completely unnoticed, peaking at No. 17 on the Heatseekers.
9. She then released “She Wants You” as the third single from the album.
10. “Honey to the Bee” was released as the fourth single from the album; like the previous single, it reached No. 3.
11. At the same time, “She Wants You” was released in the US, reaching No. 9 on the “Hot Club Dance Play” chart.