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Karen Gillan

Karen Sheila Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Marie (Paterson) and John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She 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 ... See full bio »

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 2019 Jumanji 2 (pre-production)
 2018 Alex & The List
 2018 Avengers: Infinity War
 2018 The Party's Just Beginning
 2017 Seven Bucks Digital Studios (TV Series short)
 2017/I The Circle
 2016 Emo Dad (TV Series)
 2015 The Devil You Know (TV Mini-Series)
Jane Porter
 2015 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
Anastasia Steele / Susanna Walcott / Elizabeth Proctor
 2015 The Big Short
 2015 Conventional (Short)
 2015 Fun Size Horror: Volume Two
Rachel (segment "Conventional")
 2015 Warning Labels (Short)
 2015 7 Days in Hell (TV Movie)
Lily Allsworth
 2014 Selfie (TV Series)
Eliza Dooley
 2014 TV on the Radio: Happy Idiot (Short)
 2014 Bound for Greatness (Short)
Maeve MacDonough
 2014 A Touch of Cloth (TV Series)
Kerry Newblood
 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy
 2008-2013 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Amy Pond / Soothsayer
 2013 NTSF:SD:SUV (TV Series)
 2013/I Oculus
Kaylie Russell
 2013 Not Another Happy Ending
Jane Lockhart
 2012 In Love With... (TV Mini-Series)
 2012 Pond Life (TV Mini-Series short)
Amy Pond
 2012 Doctor Who: Good as Gold (TV Short)
Amy Pond
 2012 We'll Take Manhattan (TV Movie)
Jean Shrimpton
 2011 Night and the Doctor (TV Mini-Series short)
Amy Pond
 2011 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - The Gunpowder Plot (Video Game)
Amy Pond (voice)
 2011 Doctor Who: Space and Time (TV Short)
Amy Pond
 2010 Doctor Who: Return to Earth (Video Game)
Amy Pond (voice)
 2010 Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth (Video Game)
Amy Pond (voice)
 2010 Meanwhile, in the TARDIS: Part 1 (Video)
Amy Pond
 2010 Meanwhile, in the TARDIS: Part 2 (Video)
Amy Pond
 2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - TARDIS (Video Game)
Amy Pond (voice)
 2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - Blood of the Cybermen (Video Game)
Amy Pond (voice)
 2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - City of the Daleks (Video Game)
Amy Pond (voice)
 2010 Outcast
 2009 The Well (TV Series)
 2008-2009 The Kevin Bishop Show (TV Series)
Various Characters / Various / Alex Drake / ...
 2008 New Town Killers
Young Girl in Bus Station
 2008 Stacked (TV Short)
Ginny Turner
 2008 Coming Up (TV Series)
 2008 Harley Street (TV Series)
 2006 Rebus (TV Series)
Teri Cotter
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[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. See more »


Karen is part of the youngest pairing of the Doctor and companion on Doctor Who (2005). 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. See more »


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