Billie Paul Piper (born Leian Paul Piper; 22 September 1982), is a British singer and actress. Born and raised in Swindon, Wiltshire, she made her entertainment debut in Scratchy & Co. (1998), and at the age of fifteen signed a recording contract and released her debut single "Because We Want To", which debuted at number one in the UK, making Piper the youngest artist ever to debut at number one. The single was followed by Piper's album Honey to the B (1998), which was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) and platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). In 2000, Piper released her second album, Walk of Life. In 2003, Piper retired from the recording industry and launched a highly successful television career.