Billie Piper discusses her character Lily. Watch new Penny Dreadful episodes on Sunday’s at 10pm ET/PT.
718 HD captures of Billie on Alan Carr: Chatty Man have been added to the gallery, such a great interview and she looked stunning! If you haven’t had a chance to watch, catch up here!
7 stills of Billie on tonight’s episode of Alan Carr: Chatty Man have been added to the gallery, don’t forget to watch at 10pm on Channel 4!
Billie Piper has revealed she took inspiration for her Irish prostitute role in Penny Dreadful from Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle’s accent.
The actress, 32, plays Brona Croft in the Sky Atlantic Victorian drama, a prostitute who has died and who Victor Frankenstein is now attempting to bring back to life.
The former singer is a guest on Alan Carr: Chatty Man tonight, where host Alan asked about her accent in the TV series, saying: “Can I just say you’ve come back posh because before you were a bit like Nadine Coyle?”
She replied: “I know! I actually watched a lot of YouTube clips of her. Yeah I did. It wasn’t supposed to be Derry, it was Belfast, and I just sort of got quite addicted to her and her funky accent.
“It’s great! Now she has gone to America it’s bold. It’s bold now, isn’t it?”
Billie, who also played a prostitute in Belle De Jour, added that she doesn’t expect to keep being typecast in the role.
She said: “It’s just one of those unhappy coincidences, you know. But I think those days are numbered.
“I don’t know how that keeps happening. I think I’m slightly drawn to those kinds of women; women who are slightly unconventional. They are fun, but I think I have to sort of cool down one day.”
Asked if she would play a prostitute again, she answered: “No, it’s done guys. It’s a Chatty Man exclusive.”
Because We Want To singer Billie also confirmed there is no chance of her reviving her music career: “No, I think my days are gone. They’re done.”
Two scans from the 2nd May issue of TV & Satellite Week have been added to the gallery, a big thank you to Penny Dreadful Web for these and the article!
The last time we saw Billie Piper in Penny Dreadful, she was very much dead. After a dark and difficult past, her Irish prostitute character Brona Croft had just been smothered by Victor Frankenstein before she could succumb to tuberculosis. So it’s something of a surprise to see the 32-year-old actress on the set of the Sky Atlantic drama, looking as fit as a fiddle. Of course, anything can happen in the Gothic horror series set in a Victorian London populated by monsters and ghouls drawn from the pages of classic literature. Last season, we saw explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) battle vampires in his ultimately futile quest to save his kidnapped daughter Mina, while his ally, clairvoyant Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) became possessed, and American sharpshooter Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) was revealed to be a werewolf. Meanwhile, Brona was last seen lying on a slab in Frankenstein’s new makeshift laboratory as Victor (Harry Treadaway) began the surgical procedure to reanimate her into a bride for his creature, Caliban (Rory Kinnear). ‘Yes, I’m back as a new character – the Bride of Frankenstein,’ reveals Piper as she takes a break from filming. ‘It’s brilliant and terrifying in equal measures.’ Piper was told about her character’s transformation before she signed up for the first series, and was immediately intrigued. ‘Before we started, the producers sat me down in a restaurant and told me what would happen to Brona – how she dies and comes back as the Bride of Frankenstein. It had massive appeal because she is such an iconic character.’ But the former Doctor Who actress admits that coming back as an entirely different character was quite a challenge. ‘Her memories are those of Brona, but her current manifestation is unique to what has been before. Physically and personality-wise, she is radically different. The Bride has a perverse relationship with the creature, but there is a lot of feeling there. She has a quest and she wants him on board so she goes about that using her great tools of manipulation. ‘Being the Bride was a really big pull for me, but I actually miss Brona quite a lot because she was a spirited lass, and this character is a bit more complex – there is something romantic and slightly beautiful about our interpretation of her.’ As the series resumes, the storylines are being kept under wraps, though expect to see more of Helen McCrory’s wicked occultist Evelyn Poole, aka Madame Kali, while there is extra screen time, too, for Simon Russell Beale as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Among the new faces joining the cast are Broadway star Patti Lupone as a mysterious character close to Vanessa, Vikings’ Sarah Greene as Hecate, the powerful daughter of Evelyn, and Douglas Hodge as Scotland Yard detective Bartholomew Rusk. Penny Dreadful has become known for its elaborate costumes. The drama’s wardrobe department includes 20 seamstresses who hand-stitch costumes and shoes for every actor, including extras. ‘You can definitely say that the attention to detail is spot on and it is very fine work from everyone,’ says Piper. ‘The costumes and corsets are really helpful in terms of how you move and how you converse and what is authentic. But the corsets are quite tight so after the first hour of wearing a dress, I start feeling restricted and find it hard being able to breathe, so I can only really wear them for an hour at a time.’
326 HD captures from episode two of Penny Dreadful, Verbis Diablo have been added to the gallery, along with a still from episode two and the first promotional photo of Brona/Lily! Billie was truly amazing in this episode. 😀
Billie’s second convention this weekend was Wizard World Philadelphia with the amazing David Tennant, 82 photos have been added to the gallery so far, so good to have them back together again!! 😀
Billie’s first convention this weekend was Ottawa Comic Con, 16 fab photos have been added to the gallery so far, enjoy!
As well as Billie’s great interview with The Times she also did a beautiful new photoshoot! Doesn’t she look amazing!
Thank you to the amazing person who uploaded David & Billie’s Philly panel for those who haven’t seen it, photos of them both coming asap!