The Scottish beauty comes complete with a seductive local accent, superior size, red hair, and an energetic and infectious personality. Of course, the main reason Karen Gillan’s acting career has been so successful is that she can use or discard any of these attributes to play any role, no matter how far from her true self.
Karen Gillan is professionally trained as an actress and has also enjoyed success as an author, director and producer. She has played enviable roles in major franchises such as Doctor Who and Avengers.
Karen Gillan’s Bio (Age)
The actress, who comes from Inverness in Scotland, was born on November 28, 1987, as Karen Sheila Gillan. She was infected with the actor virus at an early age. This love of acting led her to participate in a variety of stage productions and attend various youth theater groups during her time at her high school, Charleston Academy.
When she turned 16, she was fully prepared for an acting career. In the same year, she moved to Edinburgh to take a course in acting and performance at Telford College. During this time she was also trained by Scott Johnson, a well-known theater director. At 18 she moved to London to study at the hallowed Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Her focus was so great that in the first year of her studies she even turned down an offer from a model agency for a modeling contract to concentrate on acting.
Movies and TV Shows She’s Been in
In 2006, during her first year with Italia Conti, Karen opened her acting portfolio with her first television appearance, which was a guest appearance in an episode of the drama television series Rebus as Teri Cotter. In 2008 she continued her guest appearances with Harley Street and Coming Up. In the same year, she appeared as Ginny Turner in the TV short film Stacked.
Her career began to take off when she appeared for two years, beginning in 2008, in the sketch comedy series The Kevin Bishop Show. She also appeared in several episodes of BBC Two’s horror project The Well. In the same year, she became part of her biggest project so far. She joined the cast of the BBC’s successful television series Doctor Who. Here she played Amy Pond, the companion of the eleventh doctor, played by Matt Smith. She was involved in the series from 2008 to 2017 and appeared in 38 episodes.
During her time at Doctor Who she was also involved in other projects. She was Ally in Outcast (2010), Jean in We’ll Take Manhattan (2012), Jane in Not Another Happy Ending (2012), and Kaylie Russell in Oculus (2013), for which she moved to the United States.
Her growing reputation continued to make room for bigger roles. In 2014 she portrayed the villainous character Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The role required Karen Gillan to shave her hair, an experience she later described as liberating. She would take up the role again three years later in the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
She continued to appear in other films and television series such as TV on the Radio: Happy Idiot (2014), Selfie (2014), 7 Days in Hell (2015), Robot Chicken (2015), and Emo Dad (2016).
Gillan officially became part of the Avengers franchise when she appeared as Nebula in Avengers: Infinite War (2018). In 2017 she was cast in a leading role as Martha/Ruby Roundhouse in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Annie in The Circle (2017), and Ruby in All Creatures Here Below (2018).
Her first project as author and director was released in 2018 under the title The Party’s Just Beginning. Since 2014, the Scottish actress has been featured on talk shows such as The Insider, Good Morning Britain, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Family & Boyfriend
The actress has no siblings, as she is the only child of her parents Marie Paterson and her father John Gillan, who had a career as a singer and recording artist. Karen grew up in a Catholic home but does not practice Catholicism or any other religion.
Karen has had some relationships in her time. The best documented was her relationship with the British photographer Patrick Green. The two began dating in 2006, which confirmed their relationship with the public somewhat later. They were seen together in public a few times, but they kept their relationship relatively low-key. After six years together, they finally separated in 2012.
There was a rumor that she was dating actor Andrew Brooke. The Sherlock Holmes actor had worked with Gillan in one of her guest appearances in Doctor Who. Soon the rumor mill was bubbling with rumors about their relationship. These became even stronger after she was caught closing her lips during a night in Spain. The rumors were never confirmed, however. There were also rumors about her and her co-star Matt Smith, but these rumors carried even less weight than the rumors about Andrew Brooke.
Karen Gillan is not yet married and, as far as is known, not in a relationship.
The redheaded beauty stands at an enviable height, which makes her stand out in an unobtrusive way. In an interview, she revealed that she was easily bullied as a child because she was taller than her contemporaries. The actress and director stand at a height of 1.80 m (5 feet 11 inches).