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Monday, July 6, 1998 Published at 20:44 GMT 21:44 UK


Entertainment

Schoolgirl Billie makes it big

Billie's success has made her the latest teen sensation

Young pop sensation Billie has stormed straight to No. 1 with her debut single, managing to knock the mega-selling World Cup anthem, Three Lions '98, from the top slot.

Schoolgirl Billie Piper, who is only 15, says she is "ecstatic" at the success of the single, Because We Want To, and called it "a dream come true."

Billie, from Swindon in Wiltshire, was signed by Virgin Records just before Christmas. Since then, she has been caught up in a whirlwind of recording sessions, interviews and concerts to promote her record.

The hard work all seems to have paid off for Billie, who has been in and out of showbiz scene for the past few years.

A student at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, she won parts as an extra in EastEnders and in films starring Madonna and Jon Bon Jovi.

But her big break came when she was chosen to front a series of TV adverts for the pop magazine, Smash Hits, in which she caught the eye of a Virgin talent scout looking for the next pop sensation.

Billie will be releasing her first album in October, in between studying for her GCSEs and spending time with her family, whom she says she misses very much.



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