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Karen Gillan

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Height: 5′ 11″ (1.80 m)
Birthday: November 28, 1987 (age 28)

Karen was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Marie (Paterson) and John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy.

At age 16, Karen decided she wanted to pursue her acting career further and, studied under the renowned theatre director Scott Johnston at the Performing Arts Studio Scotlond. She later attended the prestigious Italia Conti academy in London. During her first year, she landed a role in Rebus (2000) and soon appeared in a variety of programs including Channel 4’s Stacked (2008) and The Kevin Bishop Show (2008), as well as a two-year stint in the long-running series Doctor Who (2005). Karen also stars in the film Outcast (2010), starring James Nesbitt.

In August 2011, it was announced that Karen would star in an indie Scottish rom-com called Not Another Happy Ending alongside Emun Elliott. She was selected by director John McKay because he came to know her during the production of ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’, which he also directed, as “a very bubbly, vibrant, energetic, funny, slightly clumsy person” who was a perfect fit for the character.

Karen Gillan starred in the lead role in the supernatural horror movie Oculus, which was filmed in Alabama and released in April 2014. She also revealed that she has been cast in comedian Charlie Brooker’s TV series A Touch of Cloth. Karen Gillan has also been cast in a film titled The List which began filming in Los Angeles in May 2013.

In May 2013, Karen Gillan was cast as Nebula in the Marvel superhero science fiction film Guardians of the Galaxy, which was released in August 2014. She had her head shaved bald for the role.

Gillan joined the regular cast of Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV:: for the show’s third season in 2013. In November 2013 Gillan appeared on Broadway in a play called Time to Act, one of the plays included in “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway” to benefit the non-profit Urban Arts Partnership.

In February 2014, Karen Gillan was cast as the lead in Selfie, an American single-camera sitcom for ABC, which is produced by Warner Bros. Television and was greenlighted for the 2014–15 US television season. She played a social media-obsessed socialite named Eliza Dooley, a modern-day take on the main character from My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle. This is Karen’s first time starring in the lead role of an American television series. The series was cancelled by ABC on 7 November 2014 after seven episodes; the remaining six episodes were made available on Hulu starting 25 November 2014.

In May 2014, Karen was cast in the Ti West-directed Western film In a Valley of Violence opposite John Travolta, Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga. She will portray Ellen, the older sister to Farmiga’s character. She also appeared in TV on the Radio’s “Happy Idiot” music video, released on 3 October 2014. BuddyTV ranked her number six on its list of “TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2014”. In 2015, Karen appeared in the Adam McKay-directed drama film The Big Short alongside Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Melissa Leo.

Karen Gillan wrote and directed her first short film, Coward, which went on to win Best Independent Short at the Independent Film-makers Showcase at the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2015. The film also screened at the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival.

In October 2015, Karen completed filming The Circle in which she was cast in a main role alongside Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega. The film was directed and written by James Ponsoldt, based on the novel by Dave Eggers. She will reprise her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this time becoming a member of the film’s eponymous team.

On 30 August 2016, it was announced that Karen Gillan had been cast in the lead female role in the Jumanji sequel. Gillan will star alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.

Trivia
Plays the piano.
Cousin of Caitlin Blackwood, who plays the younger Amy Pond.
Karen admitted the first person she told when she got the role of Amy Pond was her mother, who the actress said was a big fan of Doctor Who.
She is an only child.
“The Daleks” on the series had to be redesigned to match her height, as she is half a foot taller than Billie Piper, who was the first companion on the revival.
Lives in Los Angeles.
2 years before she was cast as “Amy Pond” in Doctor Who (2005), Karen had a guest role in the 2008 episode, “Doctor Who” (2005) {The Fires of Pompeii}. She was cast as a soothsayer.
Shaved her head completely bald to play Nebula in The Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

Personal Quotes
“I am legitimately Scottish. I can officially say – yes. Yeah, I am from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.”
“To be honest, I wasn’t really a huge follower of Doctor Who before I got this part. I mean I knew it was huge, but … I was nothing like my mum, who’s a proper diehard Whovian. She’s got a Tardis money-bag, and Dalek bubble-bath. But having read the first episode I was utterly smitten, and with the character. Amy’s a sassy lady, funny and passionate, and her relationship with the doctor has a really interesting dynamic.”
[on Oculus (2013)] “I love horror films so much. I like being scared. I want to be in good films, obviously, rather than cheesy ones. And some horror films can be quite cheesy. I love watching them but I don’t necessarily want to be in them.”

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