Saturday, April 9, 2011

'It's desperate': Billie Piper blames the credit crunch for her struggle to find work

By Georgina Littlejohn

Struggling: Billie Piper said she is finding it tough to find a new acting role since her successful series Secret Diary of a Call Girl ended last month

As a sexy and adventurous call girl, she had a long list of eager clients queuing up for her titillating services.

But away from the small screen, actress Billie Piper has admitted that she is facing a 'desperate' battle to find work.

And she said the recession had made it even harder to land a role and she would consider upping sticks to the US to get work.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Billie, 28, said: 'I'm just trying to find a job. We're back to the drawing board.

'It's frustrating, it's tiring. It's desperate. You slightly lose your mind. You have no confidence, then you have too much confidence.

'It's an endless frustration. That's the nature of the beast. You have to suck it up and get on with it.'

Billie recently finished her last ever series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, in which she played escort Belle de Jour.

Titillating: Billie with Secret Diary co-stars Iddo Goldberg (L), who plays Ben, and Paul Nichols, who plays Harry

The successful ITV2 show ran from 2007 and the fourth and final series came to an end last month.

And it has just started in the US on the Showtime channel.

Billie is also well known for her role in Doctor Who as the Time Lord's assistant Rose Tyler, alongside David Tennant as the Doctor.

But Billie, who is married to actor Laurence Fox, 32, said she is now really struggling to land a new role.

Stateside success: Billie, seen here in a promo for Secret Diary's launch in the US, would consider a move across the Pond for the right role

And she said the credit crunch had put a halt to lavish spending on TV shows and said all the work was now in the US.

She said: 'Things are getting made a lot faster for less money and there are a lot fewer opportunities for actors.

'There's not a lot of work in the UK - that's why everyone's moving to America. It's where the work seems to be. But it definitely feels like a lot more of a slog to get a gig these days.

'I suppose that's a lot to do with our current climate and financial messes. People seem to have to work harder with a lot less time.

'And the subjects people are talking about, the stories they are wanting to tell - they have really changed too.

Famous role to date: Billie is best known for playing Rose Tyler, Doctor Who's time-travelling assistant alongside David Tennant

'There is a pool of work that is really, really thought-provoking and real. Then the extreme side is the enormous budgeted studio productions which are basically all made using a background green screen.'

And she added that she admired the way Americans made their TV shows and said: 'I like the way that if you're on a long-running show and you know it inside-out, you often have an option to produce or direct.

'If the right thing comes along and I get the opportunity to be cast in it, then I'd love to do that.'

Happy family: Billie and her actor husband Laurence Fox and their son Winston


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