Karen Gillan
Birth Date:
November 28, 1987
Birth Place:
Inverness, Scotland, UK
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Scottish actress and ex-model Karen Gillan is largely known as Nebula in the critically and financially successful Marvel movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014). She first became famous in the United Kingdom for playing Amy Pond in the BBC long running science fiction series “Doctor Who” (2010-2012), from which she won a National Television Award, a SFX Award and a TV Quick Award.    

Currently, Gillan resides in Los Angeles, California. In 2011, she helped support  Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) and the opening of Squirrel Ward in Great Ormond Street Hospital.         


Childhood and Family:

The only child of Marie (née Paterson) and John Gillan, a singer and recording artist, Karen Sheila Gillan, who would later be popular as Karen Gillan, was born on November 28, 1987, in Inverness, Scotland. She started to study piano at age 7 and became interested in acting at an early age. While attending Charleston Academy, she participated in a number of productions. At age 16, Karen relocated to Edinburgh and took an HNC Acting and Performance course at Telford College. Two years later, she moved to London to attend the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school, where she got a Bachelor of Arts in Acting.    

Doctor Who


Karen Gillan was discovered by a modeling agent while she was studying acting in London. She modeled in the launch party of Nicola Roberts' Dainty Doll Make-Up Range, which was shown in Roberts' episode of the documentary “The Passions of Girls Aloud” on April 4, 2008. Gillan, however, put acting as her priority.     

Gillan made her television debut in an episode of “Rebus” called “Question of Blood” (2006), a role she got while still at Italia Conti. From 2008 to 2009, she became a part of the ensemble cast of the sketch comedy series “The Kevin Bishop Show,” during which time she portrayed various characters including celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Katie Perry. In 2008, she also played the role of Ginny Turner on the Channel 4 made for TV film “Stacked” and had a small part as a young girl in bus station on the British drama film “New Town Killers,” starring Dougray Scott, Alastair Mackenzie and James Anthony Pearson. She played Coll in several episodes of “The Well” in 2009.

“I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor's new companion. The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can't quite believe I am going to be a part of it.” Karen Gillan (on winning the role as Amy Pond in “Doctor Who”)

Previously making a guest appearance as Soothsayer in a 2008 episode called “The Fires of Pompeii,” Gillan returned to the BBC popular  science fiction television programme “Doctor Who” in 2010 when she was cast as Amy Pond, a companion of the series protagonist the Doctor, in his eleventh incarnation, played by Matt Smith. She won the TV Quick Award for Best Actress and the SFX Award for the same category both in 2011 for her performance on the series. She took home the National Television Award for Most Popular Female Drama Performance in the following year. She left the show in late 2012 and  later reprised the role in a cameo appearance in the 2013 Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor.”

Gillan had a notable supporting role as Ally in “Outcast” (2010), a British horror/thriller movie directed and co-written by Colm McCarthy, and played Jean Shrimpton in the TV film “We'll Take Manhattan” (2012). She also played Laura in the TV series “In Love with Coward” (2012) and reprised her role as Amy Pond on the TV miniseries “Pond Life” (2012).

In 2013, Gillan had a regular role as Daisy in the Adult Swim series “NTSF:SD:SUV” in its third season. She starred as a writer named Jane Lockhart on “Not Another Happy Ending” (2013), a British romantic comedy film directed by John McKay, and played Kaylie Russell in the American supernatural horror film “Oculus” (2013), opposite Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff. The Mike Flanagan directed movie on September 8, 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival and gained a wide theatrical release on April 11, 2014. Commenting about “Oculus,” she said, “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.”

On stage, Gillan appeared on Broadway in a production called “ Time to Act” (2013), one of the plays included in “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway” to benefit the non-profit Urban Arts Partnership.  

Gillan played the role of  Nebula, an adopted daughter of Thanos who was raised with Gamora as siblings, on the superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” featuring an ensemble cast that also includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. Released on August 1, 2014, the film has been a critical and financial victory. Also in 2014, Gillan guest starred as Kerry Newblood in the series 3 of “A Touch of Cloth”.     

Gillan will star as Eliza Dooley on the upcoming television situation comedy series “Selfie,” which is loosely based on “My Fair Lady,” set in the world of social media. It scheduled to debut on ABC on September 30, 2014.  

Gillan has completed filming the role of Maeve MacDonough on the short film “Bound for Greatness” (2014), helmed by James Gadd. She will star opposite Jennifer Morrison and Julie Gonzalo on the upcoming comedy/romance film “The List” (2014). Besides, Gillan is set to play Ellen in the upcoming Western movie “In a Valley of Violence,” which is for December 4, 2015 release, and will star with Michael Sheen and Kit Harington in the TV film “Days in Hell” (2015).       


National Television (UK): Most Popular Female Drama Performance, “Doctor Who,” 2012
SFX: Best Actress, “Doctor Who,” 2011
TV Quick: Best Actress, “Doctor Who,” 2011
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Let's watch Karen Gillan shave off all of her hair
SP_COP - September 01, 2014 -
It's easy to get attached to your strands if you've lived for a long time with longer locks, so we can almost feel the pain in this hair chop video. Karen Gillan lost her glossy, red hair for Guardian...
Karen Gillan  -                                ''Ant-Man and The Wasp'' Premiere Los Angeles June 25th 2018.
aussiejohn - 06/27/18
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Karen Gillan dreams of role in Bond movie
SP_COP - August 07, 2014 -
Karen Gillan wants to lick the face of Daniel Craig in a Bond movie.The 26-year-old - who stars in the new Marvel film 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and has previously appeared in 'Doctor Who' - has revea...
James Ransone joins In A Valley Of Violence
SP_COP - June 05, 2014 -
James Ransone has been cast 'In A Valley Of Violence'.The actor, 35, will star opposite Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan in the western.Ransone will play the son of Travolta...
Karen Gillan -                            Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Studio Portraits.
aussiejohn - 05/01/18
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New image of Karen Gillan from Guardians Of The Galaxy
SP_COP - March 24, 2014 -
Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn has posted a new image from the film online, giving the spotlight to Karen Gillanís villainous Nebula.Sporting a shaven head and shocking blue skin, Gillaní...
Karen Gillan -                                W Magazine May 2018.
aussiejohn - 04/30/18
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Karen Gillan - Jimmy Kimmel Live: April 25th 2018
SalemSaberhagen - 04/29/18
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Karen Gillan talks Guardians of the Galaxy role and fight scene with Zoe Saldana's Gamora
SP_COP - March 12, 2014 -
Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has been at SXSW to promote the release of the upcoming horror film Ocolus, but of course with a role as the villain Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy on the horizo...