Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress, director, and screenwriter best known for her role of Amy Pond in the science fiction series ‘Doctor Who.’ 

Date of birth

Karen Gillan was born on 28th November 1987 in Inverness in the Scottish highlands.


She was born to Marie and Raymond Gillan. Her father is a singer and recording artist.

Early life & Education

At the age of 16, she moved to Edinburgh to study acting at Telford College. Two years later, she moved to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. While studying there, she was scouted by a modeling agency. However, she was firm in her stance that she wanted to become an actress and not a model.

Love life

Karen Gillan is currently known to be single. She previously dated Patrick Green and Andrew Brooke.

Net worth

Not yet established.


Karen Gillan’s early television appearances included guest roles in several TV series such as the detective series ‘Rebus’. She later joined the ensemble cast of the comedy series ‘The Kevin Bishop Show’. She was also the lead of a horror project named ‘The Well’, which was a series of episodic short films.

She made her film debut in the year 2010 with a role in the supernatural thriller film ‘Outcast’. Directed by Colm McCarthy, the film was about a killer who was pursuing his former lover, who hailed from an ancient magical race.

From 2010 to 2013, she gained huge popularity for her role of Amy Pond in the famed British TV series ‘Doctor Who’.

She made her second appearance on the big screen with the lead role in the 2013 romantic comedy film ‘Not Another Happy Ending’. The same year, she also played the lead role in the supernatural horror film ‘Oculus’. The film was a big success financially, earning $44 million on a $5 million budget. It also received mostly positive reviews from critics.

She played one of the important roles in the superhero film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in 2014. The film was based on a Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It was a huge commercial success and also won many awards and nominations. She then played the lead role in the TV series ‘Selfie’.

In 2015, she appeared in two feature films, ‘The List’ and ‘The Big Short’. She also played a supporting role in the mockumentary TV film ‘7 Days in Hell’. She directed, wrote, and served as an executive producer for the short film ‘Coward’ the same year.

The following year, she played a supporting role in the film ‘In a Valley of Violence’. Though the film was met with positive reviews from critics, it didn’t do well commercially.

Her next important role was in the 2017 superhero film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. It was the sequel to the 2014 film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Like the previous film, it was a huge commercial success and received several awards and nominations. It was also praised by the critics. She appeared in two other films the same year, ‘The Circle’ and ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’.

In 2018, she wrote, directed, as well as played the lead role in the film ‘The Party’s Just Beginning.’

She reprised her role as Nebula in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), which were filmed back-to-back. Filming for the two films began in January 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia and ended in January 2018.

In 2019, aside from her leading role in Avengers: Endgame, she co-starred in the films Stuber and Spies in Disguise, and starred in All Creatures Here Below. Also in 2019, she reprised her role as Ruby Roundhouse in Jumanji: The Next Level and appeared in a short film titled, Neurotica.

In 2020, she appeared in the adventure drama The Call of the Wild, based on the Jack London novel. She next starred in the action film Gunpowder Milkshake alongside Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh and Paul Giamatti, and in the sci-fi thriller Dual alongside Aaron Paul and Jesse Eisenberg.

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Karen Gillan
First Name Karen
Surname Gillan
Born 28th November, 1987
Home City Inverness, Scotland
Current City