Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

TV Actress

Karen Sheila Gillan is a Scottish actress. She gained recognition for her work in British film and television, particularly for playing Amy Pond, a primary companion to the Eleventh Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who, for which she received several awards and nominations.

Full Name
Karen Sheila Gillan
Nov 28, 1987
5′ 11″
Net Worth


Karen Sheila Gillan was born on November 28, 1987, in Inverness, Scotland. She is the only child of Marie and John Gillan, both of whom are employed in the hotel industry.

Gillan attended the independent Langholm Academy in Dumfries and Galloway before enrolling at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London at age 16. After completing her studies and appearing in several short films, she made her professional acting debut in a 2005 episode of Rebus.

In 2009, she was cast as Amy Pond in the long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who. Her performance as the companion to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor earned her critical acclaim as well as a National Television Award for Best Drama Performance in 2011. Subsequently, Gillan starred on the small screen in The Kevin Bishop Show (2010), We'll Take Manhattan (2012) and The Sinbad Show (2012). 

Gillan made the leap to feature films with an appearance in 2010's Outcast and followed up with roles that included appearances in Not Another Happy Ending (2013), Oculus (2013) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). She also starred as Nebula opposite Chris Pratt's Peter Quill/Star-Lord character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). That same year, Gillan wrote and directed The Party's Just Beginning. 

In 2018, she appeared alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and reprised her role as Nebula for Avengers: Infinity War.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1987</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Karen Gillan is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On November 28, 1987, Karen Gillan was born in Inverness, Scotland.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2005</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Begins Acting Career</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillan begins her acting career starring in the British children's show "Reubens Accomplice."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins Cast of Doctor Who</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Karen joins the cast of the popular British sci-fi show Doctor Who as a companion to the 11th Doctor.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2011</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Lead Role in TV Series The Kevin Bishop Show</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillan takes on her first lead role in the British TV series The Kevin Bishop Show.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2012</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Lead Role in Film Not Another Happy Ending</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillan lands her first lead film role in Not Another Happy Ending.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2014</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Lead Role in Film Oculus</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillan stars in the horror film Oculus alongside Brenton Thwaites.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Lead Role in Film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillan stars as Ruby Roundhouse in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's Talented</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Karen Gillan is a very talented actress. She has starred in some of the biggest TV shows and movies, including Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Jumanji. Her range of characters she has portrayed is proof that she is a very versatile actress.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's Inspiring</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Karen Gillan is an inspiration to many people. She is an advocate for women's rights, mental health awareness and body positivity. Her work outside of acting has inspired many people to speak out on issues they care about.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's Hilarious</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Karen Gillan is hilarious! She always brings her unique brand of humor to her roles which makes them even more enjoyable to watch. Whether it’s her deadpan delivery or her physical comedy, you can’t help but laugh along with Karen’s characters!</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started Acting at the Age of 16</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Karen Gillan began her acting career at the age of 16, when she was cast in a guest role on the BBC series Rebus.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Starred in Doctor Who</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Karen Gillan is most well known for her role as Amy Pond in the science fiction series Doctor Who.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Shaved Her Head for Guardians of the Galaxy</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Karen Gillan famously shaved her head for her role as Nebula in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Trained in Ballet</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Karen Gillan trained in ballet for 11 years and even attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Multi-Talented</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Not only is Karen Gillan an actress, but she is also a director, screenwriter, producer, and singer.</p></div>


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