At the age of 15 she released her debut single " Because We Want To ", which made her the youngest artist to enter at number one on the UK Singles Chart. In , she released her second album, Walk of Life. In , she retired from the recording industry and began an acting career. Piper has starred in five plays since and was given a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Yerma. She went on to win a total of six Best Actress awards for that one performance, including the Olivier Award, making Piper the only actor to have won six out of an available six Best Actress awards for a single performance. Piper was born in Swindon, Wiltshire. She later landed a role in a television commercial promoting the pop magazine Smash Hits.