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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 28 November 1987Inverness, Scotland, UK
Birth NameKaren Sheila Gillan
Nickname Kaz
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Karen grew up in Inverness, Scotland and developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy.

At age 16, Karen decided she wanted to pursue her acting career further and, studied under the renowned theatre director Scott Johnston at the Performing Arts Studio Scotlond. She later attended the prestigious Italia Conti academy in London. During her first year, she landed a role in Rebus (2000) and soon appeared in a variety of programs including Channel 4's Stacked (2008) and The Kevin Bishop Show (2008). Karen also stars in the forthcoming film Outcast (2010), starring James Nesbitt.

When she's not acting, Karen likes to play the piano and loves rummaging through vintage clothes shops.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Questnl

Trade Mark (3)

Red Hair
Energetic personality
Scottish accent

Trivia (18)

Grew up in Inverness, Scotland.
Studied at Italia Conti academy in London.
Plays the piano.
Used the code word 'Panic Moon' (an anagram of 'Companion'), when auditioning for the role of the Doctor's assistant/companion.
Cousin of Caitlin Blackwood, who plays the younger Amy Pond.
Voted Best Actress by readers of "Doctor Who" magazine for her stint on the 2010 season of Doctor Who (2005).
Within days of the announcement of Karen's role as the Eleventh Doctor's companion, six appreciation groups were set up for her on Facebook.
Karen is part of the youngest pairing of Doctor and companion on Doctor Who. In 2009, the new Doctor, Matt Smith, is 26, and she is just 21. Their combined age will be younger than that of Jon Pertwee when he was playing the Time Lord in the 1970s.
Karen admitted the first person she told when she got the role of Amy Pond was her mother, who the actress said was a big fan of Doctor Who.
She is an only child.
At two and a half seasons, she had the longest run of any companion on the Doctor Who revival series.
She had previously appeared alongside the tenth Doctor (David Tennant) in the episode "The fires of Pompeii (Season 4, episode 2)".
Good friends with Katee Sackhoff.
The Daleks on the series had to be redesigned to match her height as she is half a foot taller than Billie Piper who was the first companion on the revival.
Lives in Los Angeles.
2 years before she was cast as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, Karen had a guest role in the 2008 episode "The Fires of Pompeii". She was cast as a soothsayer.
Became a big fan of the series ''Community'' after her flatmate told her about their ''Doctor Who'' parody "Inspector Spacetime".
Shaved her head completely bald to play Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

Personal Quotes (9)

[discussing Amy's relationship with the Doctor] She (Amy Pond) doesn't take his (the Doctor's) word as gospel and she's always happy to challenge him. If he tells her to do something then she won't necessarily do it, she might go off and do her own thing which can sometimes create a rift between the two of them! They are best pals though and it's a very up and down relationship because they are both very passionate people.
Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him. I just can't wait to get started.
[on winning the role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who (2005)] I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor's new companion. The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can't quite believe I am going to be a part of it.
I got a recall to come in and read with Matt [the eleventh Doctor] and that was quite funny, actually, because, I wasn't allowed to tell anyone that I was auditioning, what I was auditioning for, not even the people in the reception of the place that I was going to. So I had to give them a code name of 'Panic Moon'. It was fun but it was actually an anagram for 'companion' which is quite clever.
I am legitimately Scottish. I can officially say - yes. Yeah, I am from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.
To be honest, I wasn't really a huge follower of Doctor Who before I got this part. I mean I knew it was huge, but ... I was nothing like my mum, who's a proper diehard Whovian. She's got a Tardis money-bag, and Dalek bubble-bath. But having read the first episode I was utterly smitten, and with the character. Amy's a sassy lady, funny and passionate, and her relationship with the doctor has a really interesting dynamic.
He's just really unlikely as a hero - which makes him so brilliant, I think, because he's like this mad professor. (On The Doctor)
I wasn't horrifically bullied. There was some name-calling but nothing awful. All kids get teased about something. And this was quite an obvious feature. When you're really tall and ginger and white at school, you're going to get it.
[on Oculus (2013)] I love horror films so much. I like being scared. I want to be in good films, obviously, rather than cheesy ones. And some horror films can be quite cheesy. I love watching them but I don't necessarily want to be in them.

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