Karen Sheila Gillan(born 28 November 1987) is a Scottish actress and former model. She is known for the role of Amelia Pond , companion to the Eleventh Doctor , in the BBC science fiction seriesDoctor Who(2010–13). In film, she has starred as Jane Lockhart inNot Another Happy Ending(2013), Kaylie Russell in the horror filmOculus(2013), and Nebula in the Marvel filmGuardians of the Galaxy(2014) and its sequelGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(2017). She is also co-starring in the upcomingJumanjifilm, with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black.
Gillan has said she would not give up her acting career to return to modelling, stating that she enjoyed modelling but acting was always her main interest and goal.
, in which she played multiple characters including celebrities such as Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie . She appeared in the Channel 4 filmStacked, playing the role of Ginny.Gillan also appeared on TV in a leading role in a horror project entitledThe Well, which was broadcast as a series of episodic short films on BBC Two and later 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 appeared in the following sixth series in 2011 and the first five episodes of the seventh series in 2012. She reprised the role in a cameo appearance in the 2013 Christmas special " The Time of the Doctor ". Gillan had appeared inDoctor Whoonce before in the series four episode " The Fires of Pompeii " in the role of a Soothsayer.
along with Douglas Hodge .The play debuted at the Donmar Warehouse on 16 October 2011.
On 15 December 2011, it was announced Gillan and Arthur Darvill ( Rory Williams ) would be leavingDoctor Whoduring the seventh series in 2012.On 26 January 2012, Karen Gillan played the part of supermodel Jean Shrimpton in the television filmWe'll Take Manhattan, which told the story of Shrimpton's relationship with the photographer David Bailey .
Gillan told journalists that she was happy to be involved in a Scottish production that "isn't about drug use or fighting the English".The film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2013.
She also revealed that she has been cast in comedian Charlie Brooker's TV seriesA Touch of Cloth.Gillan has also been cast in a film titledThe Listwhich began filming in Los Angeles in May 2013.
Gillan has also voiced advertisements for eHarmony and The Royal Bank of Scotland . In May 2013, Gillan was cast as Nebula in the Marvel superhero science fiction filmGuardians of the Galaxy, which was released in August 2014. Gillan had her head shaved bald for the role.
In November 2013 Gillan appeared on Broadway in a play calledTime to Act, one of the plays included in "The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway" to benefit the non-profit Urban Arts Partnership.
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.
Gillan 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, Gillan appeared in the Adam McKay -directed drama filmThe Big Shortalongside Brad Pitt , Christian Bale , Ryan Gosling , Steve Carell and Melissa Leo .
The film also screened at the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival .
Gillan will reprise her role as Nebula inGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this time becoming a member of the film's eponymous team.
On 30 August 2016, it was announced that Gillan was cast in the lead female role in theJumanjisequel. Gillan will star alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.
.On November 2, 2016, it was announced that Gillan will direct and star in her feature directorial debut with Burbank-based development and production company Mt. Hollywood Films' indie drama project titledTupperware Party. The film is scheduled to start shooting in January 2017 in Scotland.
During a 2012 interview onThe Late Late Show, she stated that she had relocated to the U.S. to star in the filmOculusand confirmed that she now lives in Los Angeles, California .
|2008||New Town Killers||Young girl at bus station|
|2012||We'll Take Manhattan||Jean Shrimpton|
|2013||Not Another Happy Ending||Jane Lockhart|
|2014||Guardians of the Galaxy||Nebula|
|2014||Bound for Greatness||Maeve MacDonough||Short film|
|2015||Warning Labels||Mindy||Short film|
|2015||Coward||N/A||Short film; director and screenwriter|
|2015||Conventional||Rachel Milligan||Short film; also director and screenwriter|
|2015||List, TheThe List||Lily|
|2015||The Big Short||Evie|
|2016||In a Valley of Violence||Ellen|
|2017||The Circle||Annie Allerton||In post-production|
|2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Nebula||In post-production|
|2017||All Creatures Here Below||Martha||In post-production|
|2006||Rebus||Teri Cotter||Episode: "A Question of Blood"|
|2008||Stacked||Ginny Turner||Television film|
|2008||Doctor Who||Soothsayer||Episode: "The Fires of Pompeii"|
|2008||Harley Street||Holly||Episode 1|
|2008–09||Kevin Bishop Show, TheThe Kevin Bishop Show||Various characters||Main role (12 episodes)|
|2008||Coming Up||Anna||Episode: "Thinspiration"|
|2009||Well, TheThe Well||Coll||4 episodes|
|2010–12, 2013||Doctor Who||Amy Pond||34 episodes (Series 5,Series 6,Series 7, "The Time of the Doctor"(cameo))|
|2010–11||Doctor Who Confidential||Herself||26 episodes|
|2012||We'll Take Manhattan||Jean Shrimpton||Movie|
|2012||In Love with Coward||Laura|
|2013||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Daisy||Main role (9 episodes, season 3)|
|2014||Touch of Cloth, AA Touch of Cloth||Kerry Newblood||2 episodes|
|2014||Selfie||Eliza Dooley||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Karen Gillan Wears A Black and White Striped Pullover and Coral Skirt"|
|2015||7 Days in Hell||Lily Allsworth||Movie|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Anastasia Steele|| Voice|
Episode: "Zero Vegetables"
|2016||Emo Dad||Jessica|| Voice|
|2010||Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: City of the Daleks||Amy Pond|
|2010||Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Blood of the Cybermen||Amy Pond|
|2010||Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: TARDIS||Amy Pond|
|2010||Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth||Amy Pond|
|2010||Doctor Who: Return to Earth||Amy Pond|
|2010||Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada||Amy Pond|
|2011||Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: The Gunpowder Plot||Amy Pond|
|2011||Inadmissible Evidence||Shirley||Donmar Warehouse|
|2013||Time to Act||Karen||Broadway|
|2010||TV Quick Awards||Best Actress||Doctor Who||Nominated|
|2010||Cosmopolitan "Woman of the Year" Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2011||SFX Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2011||TV Choice Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2011||Scream Awards||Best Sci-Fi Actress||Nominated|
|2012||National Television Awards||Best Drama Performance: Female||Won|
|2012||Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards||Favourite UK Actress||N/A||Nominated|
|2012||Scottish Fashion Awards||Scotland's Fashion Icon||N/A||Won|
|2013||National Television Awards||Best Drama Performance – Female||Doctor Who||Nominated|
|2014||Fright Meter Awards||Best Actress||Oculus||Nominated|
|2014||Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble||Guardians of the Galaxy||Won|
|2014||Nevada Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|
|2014||Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Cast||Nominated|
|2015||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|2015||Empire Awards||Best Female Newcomer||Guardians of the GalaxyandOculus||Won|
|2015||Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival||Best Actress in a Short Film (Long)||Bound for Greatness||Nominated|
|2015||IFS Film Festival||Best Actress in a Short Film||Won|
|2015||IFS Film Festival||Best Independent Short||Coward||Won|
|2015||Edinburgh International Film Festival||Best Short Film||Nominated|
|2016||London IFF Film Festival||Best Lead Actress in a Short Film||Bound for Greatness||Won|
|2016||FirstGlance Film Festival||Best Actress in a Short Film||Won|
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