Billie Piper really has come a long way from her teen pop star days, and even her weekend long pub sessions with ex-husband Chris Evans days, in fact it is fair to say she has matured into one of the biggest, and brightest stars that this country has to offer.
Not only was she a Doctor Who companion (not even the Queen can issue an honour that big), but she is also now starring in an incredibly popular period series, Penny Dreadful, in which she has had rave reviews.
But one of the things that we love the most about Billie is her particular choice of controversial roles, but even we have to admit that her latest project is certainly one of the most brow raising of all of them!
Billie is currently starring in the new Nicholas Hytner play, Great Britain, in which she plays Paige Britain, a ruthless, cutthroat editor in a tabloid newspaper who is openly honest about wanting to ruin people’s lives.
The BBC Radio’s Today programme was in attendance for the Press Night of Great Britain, as was David Tennant, who had this to say to them on the production:
“It is a fantastic piece, Billie is of course magnificent. “
On the somewhat questionable content of the play, which has been described as grotesque by some, the Scottish actor reasoned:
“I think the reality from what we have learned from some of the stuff that has come out is pretty grotesque to start with, isn’t it? So I think it is quite interesting to see that reflected in a slightly hyped form. But then at other times you wonder how heightened it really is with some of the truths that were uncovered.”
Great Britain is playing at The National Theatre, who describes the play as a fast and furious play, that is an “anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about” several bodies, including the press, the police, and the political establishment.
General public can book for Great Britain from 09.30am this Friday (July 4th) at the National Theatre until 23 August.