Don't Mind Your PS & Qs: Billie Piper

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Don't Mind Your PS & Qs: Billie Piper


Billie Piper on corsets, Kylie and you know WHO

Q You've has been all over our telly screens recently as the alluring Belle De Jour, but now you're swapping lingerie for corsets. What are you up to Billie?

A I'm revisiting the role of Sally Lockhart in the second adaptation from a Philip Pullman's series of novels, The Shadow In The North. Costumes are always a massive challenge for me because I'm so clumpy and unladylike. It's fun for about a day and then the novelty's over and you just want to throw on a T-shirt and jeans, but you do feel quite pretty and girlie. It's perfect for the performance because it holds you in and forces you to stand in the correct way.

Q This is the second time you've played Sally, following last year's The Ruby In The Smoke. What's she up to this time?

A She's a financial whiz, and in this one Sally embarks on a mission to discover why an elderly client loses her money and finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving a psychic prediction, a glass coffin and a super-weapon being wielded by a Scandinavian madman. Sally's really quite feisty. She's got a real bee in her bonnet and she really wants to be a working woman. I've always been a bit like that. I wouldn't call myself a massive feminist, but I'm all for girl power in that sense. I like having a job and feeling good about myself, feeling powerful and in control.

Q So you've got a lot of time for her then?

A I actually think she's a lot more ballsy than I am. …

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