Karen Gillan Biography:
Born: 28 November 1987
Age : 31 years
Birthplace : Inverness, United Kingdom
Height: 1.8 m
Upcoming movies: Jumanji 3, Spies in Disguise, Call of the Wild
Awards: National Television Award for Outstanding Drama Performance (Female)
Karen Sheila Gillan Not to be confused with Karen Gillon was born on 28 November (1987) is a Scottish actress and filmmaker.
Karen Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, the daughter of Marie Gillan (Singer) and Raymond Gillan (Recording artist). She moved to Edinburgh when she was 16 years old and completed an HNC Acting and Performance course at Telford College. She moved to London at age 18 to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school.
While studying at Italia Conti, Karen Gillan was scouted by a modeling agency. Prior to her acting career, she worked as a model, premiering at London Fashion Week in 2007. Gillan has said she would not give up her acting career to return to modeling, stating that while she enjoyed modeling, acting had always been her main interest and goal.
She has stated that, although her family is Catholic, she has not been christened and is not religious, instead agreeing with the statement that, “we’re just minuscule dots in the vast cosmic emptiness of the universe”.
Some of Gillan most famous role she played was Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the BBC One series Doctor Who (2010–2013). Gillan’s early acting career included guest appearances on several television shows, with her first role being in an episode of ITV crime drama Rebus, a role for which she had to drop out of school. 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 including celebrities such as Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie. Karen also appeared on TV in a leading role in a horror project entitled The Well, which was broadcast as a series of episodic short films on BBC Two and later 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. In 2008, she starred in the Channel 4 television film Stacked.
Gillan went on to portray Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who. Before cast in the lead role in May 2009, she previously appeared on Doctor Who in series four episode “The Fires of Pompeii” in the role of a soothsayer. She made her first on-screen appearance as Amy Pond in “The Eleventh Hour” with her cousin Caitlin Blackwood portraying a younger version of the same character. In 2010, she won in the Entertainment category at the Young Scot Awards. She appeared in the sixth series in 2011 and the first five episodes of the seventh series in 2012, after which her character and Rory Williams (portrayed by Arthur Darville) left the series. Gillan reprised her role in the 2013 Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor”.
Gillan was cast in the third season of A Touch of Cloth, which was co-created by Charlie Brooker. She then joined the regular cast of Adult Swim’s for the show’s third season in 2013.
In February 2014, Gillan was cast as the lead in Selfie, an American single-camera sitcom for ABC produced by Warner Bros. Television which was greenlit for the 2014–15 US television season. Gillan played a socialite named Eliza Dooley, a modern-day take on Eliza Doolittle, who is obsessed with social media. This was Gillan’s first time in the lead role of an American television series.The series was cancelled by ABC on 7 November 2014 after seven episodes, the remaining six episodes were made available on Hulu starting 25 November 2014.
When Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle premiered in 2017, it proved to be a surprisingly popular and successful blockbuster. The film made over $961 million worldwide and showed that audiences were receptive to the re-imagining of the 1995 film. Karen Gillan, who plays Ruby Roundhouse in the film, recently posted a picture of herself and co-star Jack Black to Instagram, offering fans another look behind the scenes of the film’s untitled sequel. Gillan writes that ‘Ruby and Shelley back in the game’, referring to Gillan and Black’s respective characters in the series, Ruby Roundhouse and Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle followed four teenagers who were sucked into a video game jungle and had to survive, work together, and fight their way out in order to return to their normal lives. Gillan and Black play two of the teenager’s avatars within the game, and they’ll presumably play those same roles in the sequel.
She received international recognition for playing Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) as well as for her starring role in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
The beautiful actress is 32 years old according to her birthdate 28 November, 1987 and her sun sign is Sagittarius. Karen is 5 feet 10 inches (178cm) Tall and weighs around 58 kg (128lbs).The actress has beautiful red hairs and hazel eyes. Karen’s body measurements are 34-26-34 inches. She wears dress size 6 in (US) or 38 (EU) and Shoe Size 9 (US) or 6.5 (UK) or 39.5 (EU).One of Karen distinctive feature is her long legs.
Karen Gillan Favorite Things:
- Candy Bar – Hazelnut Dairy Milk.
- Spice Girl Song – Who do you think you are?
- Part of Scotland– Inverness.
- Favorite Place to Travel – New York.
- Candy – Cadbury Cream Eggs.
- Color – Teal.
- Sandwich – Consists of bread with seeds, avocado, chicken, and pepper.
- Animal – Meerkat.
Karen Gillan Facts:
- Karen learned to play the piano when she was 7.
- She and Katee Sackhoff are good friends.
- For her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Karen shaved her head. But instead of throwing away her hair, it was turned into a wig and donated to Star Wars 7.
- At a young age, she showed the passion for acting and joined a few local theater groups.
- She loves to shop for vintage clothing.
- She promoted the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in 2011.
- Inspired by Bootylicious, she had imitated Beyonce and dyed her hair pink.
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