In 1998 a 15-year-old female singer named Billie Piper took the United Kingdom's music scene by storm with her hit single "Because We Want To." When the contagious pop song found a number one spot on the charts, it made Piper the youngest solo artist to reach that goal. Her second single, "Girlfriend," also started out with a tight hold at number one. Billie Paul Piper was born and raised in Swindon, U.K. Her first audience was a bedroom mirror. She spent hours singing to it, dancing before it, following along with songs from legendary pop/rock artists like Madonna and Janet Jackson. When Piper was eight-years-old, she joined a local theater company called Sixth Sense. She soon started working in television, landing roles in both a series and in a number of commercials. Before her tenth birthday, Piper was selected to attend London's Sylvia Young Stage School.