Happy Birthday Karen Gillan

Best known for her portrayal of Amelia “Amy” Pond in the British science fiction series Doctor Who. Scottish actress and former model Karen Gillan was born November 28th 1987. Before Gillan became an actress, she was scouted by a modelling agency. Gillan worked as a model in 2007’s London Fashion Week for designer Allegra Hicks’ autumn/winter catwalk show and 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. She stated that she enjoyed modelling but acting was always her main interest and goal.

Gillan’s early television acting career included guest appearances on several drama series, with her first ongoing role being 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. Gillan 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 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 Amy Pond.She was confirmed in Issue 420 of the Doctor Who Magazine to be appearing in the 2011 series. Gillan had appeared in Doctor Who once before in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” in the role of a Soothsayer. Gillan made her first theatre appearance playing the role of Shirley in John Osborne’s play Inadmissible Evidence along with Douglas Hodge which debuted at the Donmar Warehouse on 16 October 2011.In August 2011, it was announced Gillan will star in an indie comedy called Not Another Happy Ending along with Emun Elliott. During an interview at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, Gillan revealed she will be returning to Doctor Who for its seventh series. On 15 December 2011, it was announced Gillan and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) would be leaving Doctor Who during the seventh series in 2012.[ On 26 January 2012 Karen Gillan played the part of supermodel Jean Shrimpton in the BBC Four film, We’ll Take Manhattan which told the story of Shrimpton’s relationship with the photographer David Bailey. She has also been cast as Brittney in a re-working of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet called Romeo & Brittney by David Baddiel. She has also been cast in a supernatural horror pic called Oculus as one of the main stars and has also been cast in comedian Charlie Brooker’s TV series A Touch Of Cloth. Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) left Doctor Who during the seventh series after encountering The Weeping Angels in New York (Don’t blink, Don’t look away and don’t blink) in a rather poignant episode .

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