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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
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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