Billie Piper may be a successful actress, but it's her Smash Hit music awards that still get the most attention from her friends.
Billie broke into show business as a singer, releasing her track Because We Want To at age 15 and topping the U.K. singles chart.
These days Billie is better known for her acting skills, scooping accolades for her work in theatre and TV including a BBC Drama Award, but that doesn’t stop people from pining after a picture with her pop prizes from the 90s, including Best Female from top magazine Smash Hits.
“The awards get handled. I leave them out because I love them, but no one’s really interested in anything apart from the Smash Hit award, to be honest!” she laughed to the Evening Standard.
“It is just so big and so Nineties, and anyone who comes in is straight over to it and in there for a selfie.
“Awards are great. I’m not one of those people who say, ‘Oh, they’re distasteful.’ Most of your life you won’t be getting them, so make hay.”
Billie might be adding an Olivier award for best actress to her list of accomplishments if all goes well, having been nominated for her part in Yerma, a stage production about a young woman who can’t cope with the fact that she’s unable to have a child.
In real life the 34-year-old has sons Winston, eight, and four-year-old Eugene with ex-husband Laurence Fox, but that didn’t stop her from being able to relate to her character.
“So many people I know have been looking at that life. It has been an incredibly painful journey for a few of my friends. That is why I leapt at it. I had a connection with it,” she explained.
And luckily she’s able to leave the distress of her alter ego on the stage when she ends each performance, as she added: “I was going home and being with my children so there was no time to sit in that mode.
"I would just go home and get ready for the school run the next day, pretty religiously. Something instinctively told me I had to take care of myself on that job," she smiled.