Piper Halliwell is a fictional character from the American television program, Charmed, and was the leading character who featured during the series' run.[clarification needed] The role is portrayed by Holly Marie Combs, as well as a few other actresses during different stages of the character's life. Piper begins the series as the middle sister, along with Prue, her older sister, and Phoebe, the youngest. However, at the start of season four, Piper becomes the eldest of three sisters after Prue's death and the discovery of her half-sister, Paige Matthews. During the series Piper marries her whitelighter, Leo Wyatt, and becomes the mother of three children, Wyatt, Chris and Melinda Halliwell. Her mother described her as "the heart" of the Halliwell family, and she is considered to be the most famous character throughout the series' run. In 2008, AOL named her the third greatest witch in television history.
Holly Marie Combs appeared as Piper in every episode of Charmed, including the unaired pilot, making her the only cast member to have the show's perfect record of attendance.