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Karen Gillan

Born : 28 November 1987
City : Inverness, United Kingdom
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Karen Gillan Biography

Early life

Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the only child of Marie (née Paterson) and John Gillan, a singer and recording artist. She learned to play the piano when she was seven. At a young age, she developed a love for acting, joining several local youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at Charleston Academy.[citation needed]

When she turned 16, Gillan moved to Edinburgh and completed an HNC Acting and Performance course at Telford College. She moved to London at 18 to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in acting.

Born: November 28, 1987 (age 26), Inverness, United Kingdom
Height: 1.80 m
Nationality: British
Upcoming movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Parents: Marie Gillan, Raymond John Gillan

Modeling career

While studying at Italia Conti, Gillan was scouted by a modelling agency,and modelled in the launch party of Nicola Roberts' Dainty Doll Make-Up Range. This was shown in Roberts' episode of the documentary, The Passions of Girls Aloud, which premiered on 4 April 2008. 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.

Acting career

Gillan's early television acting career included guest appearances on several drama series, with her first role being in an episode of Rebus, a role she obtained while still at Italia Conti. Gillan then undertook a two-year stint as a member of the ensemble cast of the sketch comedy series The Kevin Bishop Show in which she played multiple characters, as well as celebrities such as Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie. She appeared in Channel 4's Stacked; she had the part of Ginny.was broadcast as a series of episodic short films on BBC Two, and then later also 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 was cast for the role of the Eleventh Doctor's first companion, Amy Pond, on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who in May 2009. She made her first on-screen appearance as Amy Pond in "The Eleventh Hour" with her cousin Caitlin Blackwood portraying a young Amelia (Amy) Pond. 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 in Doctor Who once before in the series four episode "The Fires of Pompeii" in the role of a Soothsayer.

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