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Karen Gillan –

Gillan in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

About Karen Gillan (1987 – )

Karen was born on November 28, 1987, in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Marie (Paterson) and singer, John Gillan. At 16, Karen decided to seriously persue her acting career. She studied  at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland. She later attended the Italia Conti Academy in London.

Karen has appeared in many TV shows over the years, most notably as the companion Amy Pond in the BBC Doctor Who series. She broke into movies in 2010 with a role in the movie Outcast and has progressively been landing larger parts.

Karen Gillan's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2010 outcast ally
2013 not another happy ending jane lockhart
2013 oculus Kaylie Russell
2014 guardians of the galaxy nebula
2015 the big short evie
2016 in a valley of violence ellen
2016 the list lily
2017 guardians of the galaxy vol 2 nebula
2017 the circle annie
2017 jumanji martha

Karen Gillan's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2008-2009 The Kevin Bishop Show various characters
2009 the well coll
2013 in love with... Charlotte
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV daisy
2008-2013 doctor who amy pond
2014 selfie eliza dooley
2016 emo dad jessica

Memorable Quotes

“I am legitimately Scottish. I can officially say - yes. Yeah, I am from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.”

“[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.”

“[on her favorite location while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens] Weirdly enough, probably Abu Dhabi, even though it was so hot, it was like you literally can't imagine that heat. The feeling of stepping onto a real set for the first time, it genuinely was a baptism of fire. To see creatures walking around and speeders chilling in the sand, that was amazing, and because I was shooting there, it was like everything had built up to that moment. So a few days in, I was like, OK. I'm getting my groove now.”

“[on playing Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)] I was a little worried that I was going to look like an overgrown fetus. Maybe that's true. But it's liberating. It's very liberating. Everyone here should shave their heads.”

“To be honest, I wasn't really a huge follower of Doctor Who (1963) 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.”

Did You Know

Loves rummaging through vintage clothes shops and playing the piano.

Good friends with Katee Sackhoff.

Shaved her head completely bald to play Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

Karen Gillan in Doctor Who (2008)
Karen Gillan in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)
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Karen Gillan in Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
Karen Gillan in Oculus (2013)
Karen Gillan in The Circle (2017)