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Karen Gillan at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
|Born||Karen Sheila Gillan
28 November 1987
|Family||Caitlin Blackwood (cousin)|
Early life 
Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland. Her father,John Gillan ( full name Raymond John Gillan ), a Day Care Officer, and mother, Marie Gillan née Paterson, live in Kinmylies. She learned to play the piano when she was seven. She is an only child. At a young age, she developed a love for acting, joining several local youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy. When she turned 18, Gillan moved to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in the BA (Hons) Acting degree course.
While studying at Italia Conti Gillan was scouted by a modelling agency. Gillan worked as a model in 2007's London Fashion Week for designer Allegra Hicks' autumn/winter catwalk show and the launch party of Nicola Roberts' Dainty Doll Make-Up Range. This was shown in Roberts' episode of the documentary, The Passions of Girls Aloud which premiered on 4 April 2008. Gillan has said she would not give up her acting career to return to modelling. She stated that she enjoyed modelling but acting was always her main interest and goal.
Gillan's early television acting career included guest appearances on several drama series, with her first ongoing role being a two-year stint as a member of the ensemble cast of the sketch comedy series The Kevin Bishop Show in which she played multiple characters, as well as celebrities such as Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie. She appeared in Channel 4's Stacked; she had the part of Ginny. Gillan also appeared on TV in a leading role in a horror project entitled The Well, which was broadcast as a series of episodic short films on BBC Two, and then later also as a web series on BBC.co.uk. Part of the BBC's multimedia "switch" programming, the short episodes interconnect with online games that further explore the environments presented in the series.
She was cast for the role of the Eleventh Doctor's first companion, Amy Pond, on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who in May 2009. She made her first on-screen appearance as Amy Pond in "The Eleventh Hour" with her cousin Caitlin Blackwood portraying a young Amelia (Amy) Pond. She was confirmed in Issue 420 of the Doctor Who Magazine to be appearing in the 2011 series. Gillan had appeared in Doctor Who once before in the 2008 episode "The Fires of Pompeii" in the role of a Soothsayer.
Gillan made her first theatre appearance playing the role of Shirley in John Osborne's play Inadmissible Evidence along with Douglas Hodge. The play debuted at the Donmar Warehouse on 16 October 2011.
In August 2011, it was announced Gillan will star in an indie comedy called Not Another Happy Ending along with Emun Elliott. Filming took place in July 2012. During an interview at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, Gillan revealed she would be returning to Doctor Who for its seventh series. On 15 December 2011, it was announced Gillan and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) would be leaving Doctor Who during the seventh series in 2012. On 26 January 2012 Karen Gillan played the part of supermodel Jean Shrimpton in the BBC Four film We'll Take Manhattan, which told the story of Shrimpton's relationship with the photographer David Bailey. She has also been cast as Brittney in a re-working of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet called Romeo & Brittney by David Baddiel. She has also been cast in a supernatural horror pic called Oculus as one of the main stars. Gillan revealed that she has also been cast in comedian Charlie Brooker's TV series A Touch of Cloth.
Personal life 
In 2011, Gillan helped promote Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) and the opening of Squirrel Ward in Great Ormond Street Hospital. , She now lives in Los Angeles as stated in her interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS The Late Late Show Thurs 4/25
|2007–2009||The Kevin Bishop Show||Various characters|
|2008||Doctor Who||Soothsayer||Series 4: "The Fires of Pompeii"|
|2010–2012||Doctor Who||Amy Pond||Series 5–7|
|2010||Doctor Who Prom||Herself|
|2010–2011||Doctor Who Confidential||Herself|
|2012||In Love With Coward||Laura|
|2013||National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle||Daisy|
|2008||New Town Killers||Girl at bus station|
|2012||We'll Take Manhattan||Jean Shrimpton|
|2012||Not Another Happy Ending||Jane Lockheart|
|2011||Inadmissible Evidence||Shirley||Donmar Warehouse|
Video games 
Awards and nominations 
|2010||TV Quick Award||Best Actress||Doctor Who||Nominated|
|2010||Cosmopolitan 'Woman of the year' Awards||Best Actress||Doctor Who||Won|
|2011||SFX Awards||Best Actress||Doctor Who||Won|
|2011||TV Choice Awards||Best Actress||Doctor Who||Won|
|2011||Scream Awards||Best Sci-Fi Actress||Doctor Who||Nominated|
|2012||National Television Awards||Best Drama Performance: Female||Doctor Who||Won|
|2012||Scottish Fashion Awards||Scotland's Fashion Icon||Herself (modelling)||Won|
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