Karen Gillan, biography, news, photos
Name: Karen Gillan
Real name: Karen Gillan
Birth date: 28 of November 1987 (31 y.o.)
Place of birth: Inverness, Scotland, UK
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Birth Sign: Saggitarius
Chinese zodiac: Rabbit
Occupation: actress, model, director, screenwriter
Photo: Karen Gillan
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Biography of Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress known for her roles in TV shows «Doctor Who» and «Selfie» and the heroic blockbuster «Guardians of the Galaxy.»
Childhood and Teenage Years
Karen Gillan was born on November 28, 1987, in a Scottish town Inverness, into a family of a musician Raymond J. Gillan and a housewife Mary Paterson. From the early age, the girl showed love towards stage and art. Before Karen turned 7, she had played the piano pretty well and enthusiastically participated in school theater plays.
At the age of 16, Gillan moved to Edinburgh and entered the Telford College where she studied acting. Two years later, Karen entered Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. A representative of a model agency noted a tall student (Karen Gillan's height is 178 sm). Karen said that she won't deny acting to join the cruel world of fashion. However, she didn't refuse to try herself in modeling.
In 2006, Karen appeared on the set for the first time. She got a bit part in the 3rd season of the TV show «Rebus.» During the following four years, the actress played bit parts in British TV shows and participated in the Kevin Bishop Show in which she played different characters including characters of famous people (Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry, and Julia Roberts). Since 2011, the actress has combined shooting with bit parts in theater.
The popular TV show «Doctor Who» was her real breakthrough. In 2009, she was approved for a role of Amy Pond, a helpmate of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith). It's interesting that the actress played a prophesier in the 4th season of this TV show (the episode «The Fires of Pompeii»), and she got the lead in the 5th season released in spring of 2010.
Karen got a chance to share one film set with her cousin, Caitlin Blackwood, who played a 7-year old Pond. Cousins had never seen each other before shooting.
The character of a writer Jane Lockhart in the melodrama «Not Another Happy Ending» (2013) became another big part of the young actress. A producer John Mackay said that «a skittish, active, funny and a little clumsy» Gillan was the perfect candidate to play this character - the girl who is inspired by woe more than by anything else.
Later, Gillan played the lead in the thriller «Oculus» (2013) and also played the space supervillain Nebula in the adventure film «Guardians of the Galaxy» (2014) for which she shaved her head.
In 2014, Gillan was approved to play the lead in the comedy TV show «Selfie,» and the following year the actress played in the Oscar-nominated film «The Big Short.» On the film set, Karen worked with such famous actors as Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Christian Bale.
Karen continued to play in TV shows and films, including the second part of «Guardians of the Galaxy» in which she played the character of Nebula once again.
The premiere of the fantastic drama «The Circle» with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks took place in April of 2017. Karen's character became one of the main heroines of the picture.
Private Life of Karen Gillan
From 2006 to 2012, Karen dated a photographer Patrick Green. In March of 2012, paparazzi captured the actress with a British actor Andrew Brooke. However, Gillan denied romantic relationships with her colleague.
In 2012, Karen moved to Los Angeles. In her interview with a newspaper The Telegraph, she shared that it will be hard for her to find a boyfriend in California. According to Karen, Americans and British have a different view of dating. Thus, Gillan prefers British option when «you can just have some drink, and don't need to ensure whether it's a date or not.»
In 2011, Gillan supported a campaign «Fashion Targets Breast Cancer» aimed at supporting women with breast cancer and helped to open a urology department for children in one of London hospitals.
Even though all her family members are Catholics, she doesn't consider herself a religious person and believes that «we're just tiny dots in the huge cosmic vacuum of the Universe.»
Karen Gillan Now
Two big premiers with Karen are planned to be released in 2019: the sequel of the famous adventure fantasy «Jumanji» with Dwayne Johnson, and the 4th part of the film «Avengers».
The actress will play in the film «The Call of the Wild» by Chris Sanders. Omar Sy and Harrison Ford will also join this film.
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