Billie PiperBillie Piper and fiance Laurence Fox have reportedly set a date to marry.

The couple were originally rumoured to be planning to marry in July but postponed their nuptials after Billie decided she didn’t want to rush into anything. They were said to have pushed back their big day until around Christmas but now, according to the Mail on Sunday, they’ve told friends that the ceremony will take place on New Year’s Eve.

A friend told the newspaper: “The cat’s out of the bag,” says a chum. “Billie had to announce the date because her friends were making plans for New Year’s Eve.”

“She wants it to be the mother of all parties, so she’s having it on New Year’s Eve.”

The ceremony itself though will be small and low-key, at a venue near the couple’s Sussex home - but Billie’s ex-husband Chris Evans will still make the guest list: “Billie wants Chris there and Laurence is fine with that.”

The former Doctor Who star is also said to be considering a magazine deal because she thinks it “will keep the paparazzi away.”