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Scottish born actress KAREN GILLAN (Martha) quickly made her mark in Hollywood as a young talent who can do both comedy and drama, big budget films and quirky indies as demonstrated by her diverse resume.

In May 2017, Gillan reprised her memorable role of Nebula in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, written and directed by James Gunn. The film boasts an all-star cast that includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has thus far grossed over $774,000,000.

Recently, she co-starred opposite Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in STX's The Circle, adapted from Dave Eggers' bestselling novel of the same name.

Gillan just completed production on her feature film directorial debut, The Party's Just Beginning, which she also co-wrote and stars. Filmed in her hometown of Inverness, Scotland, the film follows the story of Lucy, who is dealing with the suicide of her best friend. The film is co-produced by Mt. Hollywood Films. Gillan's producing partner Mali Elfman, Tien Huei, Grace Yeh and Claire Mundell also are producing.

In 2016, Gillan appeared in the revenge Western film In a Valley of Violence, produced by Blumhouse Productions and written and directed by Ti West. In 2015, she also appeared in a cameo role in Paramount's Academy Award-nominated film The Big Short.

In Fall 2014, Gillan starred in the role of Eliza Dooley in the new ABC comedy "Selfie" from creator Emily Kapneck. The sitcom took a modern twist on the classic "My Fair Lady."

In May 2009, Gillan was cast in the iconic role of Amy Pond, the Doctor's companion, in the long-running hit British science-fiction television series "Doctor Who." Gillan played the role for three seasons, garnering several awards for her portrayal, including Cosmopolitan's Woman of the Year Award for Best Actress in 2010; the SFX Award for Best Actress; the TV Choice Award for Best Actress; and the Scream Award for Best Sci-Fi. The award-winning show has a huge following globally and it is broadcast on BBC America in the U.S.

Gillan's other credits include the BBC drama "We'll Take Manhattan" and the romantic lead in John McKay's romantic comedy "Not Another Happy Ending." She was also seen in the hit thriller film Oculus, which was written and directed by Mike Flanagan and was released by Relativity Media in April 2014.

Growing up in Inverness, Scotland as an only child, Gillan caught the acting bug at a young age and set the bar high by joining several local youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at Charleston Academy. Gillan pursued acting at Edinburgh's Telford College and at Performing Arts Studio Scotland, studying under renowned theater director Scott Johnston. She later moved to London, at the age of 18, to study drama at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. The 5'11" actress briefly fell into the world of modeling while she continued to pursue her acting career.

Gillan resides in New York.


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