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If you’re a passionate devotee of all things Doctor Who, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the actors and actresses who get to appear in the show, particularly as assistants or — be still my beating heart — Doctors, are pretty much set for life. That they’d be fighting off job offers with a cricket bat, forever.
Well, that’s not quite the case, as Billie Piper (you all know who she is, right?) has been explaining. Her role in the hit ITV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl has now come to an end, and as it’s unlikely that she’ll be reprising her days as Rose Tyler with Matt Smith, the quest is on to find something new to do.
She told the Hollywood Reporter: “I’m just trying to find a job. We’re back to the drawing board. It is what it is. It’s frustrating, it’s tiring. [Laughs] It’s desperate. You slightly lose your mind. You have no confidence and you have too much confidence. It’s an endless frustration, really. That’s the nature of the beast. You have to suck it up and get on with it.”
The problem is, as far as she’s concerned, it’s getting harder to find an it to get on with, in Blighty at least: “I think, for actors. There’s not a lot of work in the UK. I mean, that’s why everyone’s moving to America because that’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. I certainly see that people seem to have to work harder with a lot less time.”
The good news is that nowadays, there are quite a few decent roles for women out there, if you can get the part: “The subjects of things people are talking about, the stories are wanting to tell, that’s really changed…There is a pool of work that is really, really thought-provoking and really real.”
“It’s the same way with TV. Thanks to cable because that’s where our TV show sits. The TV shows get racier and racier and more thought-provoking. There are really good roles for women in them and they often have female leads and that’s really good for a girl.”
Who’d like to see Billie in a US TV drama, and which one? Tell us here.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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