Karen Gillan is a famous actress who is best known for her roles including Amy Pond, Nebula, Martha, and many more. She simultaneously worked in television shows and films. Also, Karen worked in music videos, stage shows, audiobooks, and video games. Since 2011, she is serving as a philanthropist as well.
She has 7.4 million followers on Instagram where she posts her pictures, announcements, etc. Let’s find out more about her in the following sections.
Karen Gillan’s Family and Early Life
On 28 November 1987, Karen Gillan was born. Her parents are Marie Paterson and Raymond Gillan. According to the sources, she has no siblings. Marie Paterson was a singer and recording artist.
In an interview, Karen shared that her mother is a diehard fan of the Doctor Who shows unlike her before she became a part of it. Also, Caitlin Blackwood is Karen’s cousin who plays the younger Amy Pond on Doctor Who.
Karen Gillan went to Kinmylies Primary School. After that, they moved to Edinburgh and she attended Telford College. She completed an HNC Acting and Performance course there. Moreover, Karen studied under the renowned theatre director Scott Johnston at the Performing Arts Studio in Scotland. Then, Karen moved to London to attend the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts at the age of 18.
As she developed a love for acting at a very young age, she decided to make a career in this field. When Karen was in Charleston Academy, she took part in several theatre groups.
The acting career of Karen Gillan
When Karen was in school, she debuted as an actress in the television show Rebus (2000) at the age of 16. She had to drop out of school for that. Then in 2008, she became a part of Doctor Who as Soothsayer. This one show gave her a huge breakthrough. However, she got her lucky role of Amy Pond from 2010-13. Karen Gillan won five prestigious awards of best actress including TV Choice Awards, Young Scot Awards.
Karen appeared in a sketch-comedy show named The Kevin Bishop Show for two years where she played the role of different celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Katy Perry. She also worked in the thriller show The Well, action series A Touch of Cloth, romance TV show Selfie, etc.
Now, let’s focus on Karen’s film career. She debuted as Ally in the film Outcast in 2010. Three years later, she resumed her work with two films. Her first film was Not Another Happy Ending and another was Oculus. The former film has comedy, drama, and romance and an average review on IMDb. On the other hand, in Oculus, Karen Gillan played the role of Kaylie Russell and received appreciation. She was nominated by Fright Meter Awards and Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for best actress.
In 2014, she started working as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy. She played this role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also. Then we can see her in the same character in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avegers Endgame (2019). Consequently, she got several awards for this. Karen won the awards for the best ensemble cast and best ensemble from the Nevada Film Critics Society and Detroit Film Critics Society.
Karen Gillan played Martha in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Ruby in Jumanji: The Next Level. For the former one, she got several nominations for her performance. She also worked in The Party’s Just Begining (2018), The Call of the Wild (2020), etc.
As per the sources, Nebula aka Karen would be a part of Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023). In 2021, she is working for both films and television shows.
Other Notable Works:
Karen Gillan worked in five short films including Coward (2015), Fun Size Horror: Volume 2 (2015), and The Hoarding (2020). Among them, Coward is written, directed, and produced by herself. After that, she directed The Hoarding also. She played the role of hope there.
In 2014, Karen worked on the Happy Idiot music video. So far this is the only music video where we can see her. Moreover, she worked on an audiobook named The Secret Garden in 2018. Apple Inc. published this audiobook. There was a video game on Doctor Who where Karen Gillan played the role of Amy Pond again.
Karen Gillan did her first stage show in 2011 when she was 24 years old. In Donmar Warehouse, she played the role of Shirley in the play Inadmissible Evidence.
Net Worth Of Karen Gillan
As of 2021, Karen Gillan’s net worth is $2 million. The main source of her earning is acting in films and television.
Karen Gillan’s Current Relationship
Currently, Karen Gillan is single. There was a rumour that she is having an affair with Doctor Who co-star Matt Smith. Later, this rumour faded. Once she encountered Andrew Brook also.
In 2006, Karen Gillan and Patrick Green started dating. They dated for six long years. Patrick is a freelance photographer and visual artist. In 2012, they broke up but the reason is not clear.
Interesting Facts About Karen Gillan
- Karen Gillan lives in the USA permanently now but she is planning to go back to Scotland.
- She is an active philanthropist who is working on several issues including high suicide rate, breast cancer, gender inequality, etc.
- Karen belongs to a catholic background but she never practised any religion.
- Karen Gillan’s birth sign is Saggitarius.
- She has red hair and her eye color is hazel.
- Karen Gillan’s height is 5 feet 10 inches and her weight is 58 kgs.
- She loves to play the piano and rummaging through vintage clothes shops.