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A funny and fiercely talented actress, Karen Gillan brought a special spark to any project in which she appeared. Born Nov. 28, 1987 in Inverness, Scotland, Karen Sheila Gillan grew up wanting to become an actress, and was able to enroll in London's famed Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She took an unexpected professional detour, however, when a modeling talent scout discovered her. With several professional modeling credits under her belt, she made her screen debut in an episode of the Scottish detective series "Rebus" (ITV, 2000-07), but earned greater renown for her work on the sketch comedy "The Kevin Bishop Show" (Channel 4, 2008-09). Skewering various real-life celebrities as well as playing brand new characters, the flame-haired Gillan proved she had crack comic timing and could be fearless when going for a laugh. Her international breakthrough, however, came when she was cast as Amy Pond, the companion of the 11th "Doctor Who" (BBC, 1963-1989, 1996, 2005- ) on the long-running sci-fi series. Feisty and funny, Gillan's Amy charmed viewers, who responded both to her allure and sexy wardrobe as well as to her firecracker wit and adventurous spirit.Helping bring some sparkle and excitement...

A funny and fiercely talented actress, Karen Gillan brought a special spark to any project in which she appeared. Born Nov. 28, 1987 in Inverness, Scotland, Karen Sheila Gillan grew up wanting to become an actress, and was able to enroll in London's famed Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She took an unexpected professional detour, however, when a modeling talent scout discovered her. With several professional modeling credits under her belt, she made her screen debut in an episode of the Scottish detective series "Rebus" (ITV, 2000-07), but earned greater renown for her work on the sketch comedy "The Kevin Bishop Show" (Channel 4, 2008-09). Skewering various real-life celebrities as well as playing brand new characters, the flame-haired Gillan proved she had crack comic timing and could be fearless when going for a laugh. Her international breakthrough, however, came when she was cast as Amy Pond, the companion of the 11th "Doctor Who" (BBC, 1963-1989, 1996, 2005- ) on the long-running sci-fi series. Feisty and funny, Gillan's Amy charmed viewers, who responded both to her allure and sexy wardrobe as well as to her firecracker wit and adventurous spirit.

Helping bring some sparkle and excitement to what was by then a United Kingdom institution, Gillan rekindled widespread interest in "Doctor Who" and won many awards for her work, including Best Actress honors from the National Television Awards, SFX Awards and TV Quick Awards. Although she excelled at comedy, Gillan also displayed a gift for drama, shepherding Amy through the multiple deaths and rebirths of her fiancé, Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), as well as through her own demise and resurrection. So popular was the actress and character that she appeared in multiple "Doctor Who" video games and on special spin-offs, including a web series prequel to her excursions through space and time, "Pond Life" (2012). After Amy and Rory left the show for good in an enormously moving episode, Gillan went on to star as model Jean Shrimpton in the made-for-TV biopic "We'll Take Manhattan" (BBC, 2012) and to continue her new series of adventures as a popular journeywoman actress.

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 Tupperware Party (2018)
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 List, The (2018)
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 Circle, The (2017)
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 Jumanji (Sequel) (2017)
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 Big Short, The (2015)
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 7 Days in Hell (2015)
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 Oculus (2014)
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2014:
Cast as Eliza Dooley on Hulu's "Selfie"
2017:
Appeared in Tom Hanks/Emma Watson sci-fi thriller "The Circle"

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