Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

Highest Rated: 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Lowest Rated: 16% The Circle (2017)

Birthday: Nov 28, 1987

Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland, UK

Karen Gillan was a Scottish actress, writer, and director who, despite her popularity with genre fans thanks to her roles in both "Doctor Who" (BBC One, 1963-) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, refused to be boxed in to one genre, working both in front of and behind the camera in comedies, action adventures, horror thrillers, and everything in between. Born on November 28, 1987 in Inverness, Scotland, Gillan embarked on her career when she was 16, moving to Edinburgh to complete an HNC Acting and Performance course at Telford College. At 18, she moved to London to study at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. While at Italia Conti, Gillan began modeling as a way to earn extra money, and was cast in her first TV appearance, a cameo role on an episode of the final series of the police procedural "Rebus" (ITV, 2000-07). She then spent the next two years as a cast member of the sketch comedy series "The Kevin Bishop Show" (Channel 4, 2008-09), before making her film debut in the supernatural thriller "Outcast" (2010). Gillan's big break came when she landed the role of Amelia "Amy" Pond, the lovably quirky companion to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor on the fifth series of the rebooted sci-fi classic "Doctor Who." The character quickly became a fan favorite, and Gillan would portray Amy on and off for the next three years. Following her stint as the Doctor's companion, Gillan began to pursue projects across the pond, starring in the horror film "Oculus" (2013), and taking on the role of Nebula, an evil half cyborg warrior in the quirky surprise hit "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014). Around this time, Gillan decided that she wanted to branch out into writing and directing, beginning with the short film "Coward" (2015) while also appearing in Adam McKay's financial crisis drama "The Big Short" (2015), and Ti West's revisionist western "In a Valley of Violence" (2016). She went on to reprise the role of Nebula for the equally successful sequel "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (2017), while also co-starring with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black in another surprise hit, the family adventure film "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (2017). Gillan followed up this highly successful year with the release of "The Party's Just Beginning" (2018), a full-length indie dramedy set in her home town of Inverness, which she wrote, directed, and co-starred in. In addition to this, Gillan portrayed Nebula for the third time in the superhero mega-hit "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018).

Highest rated movies

Avengers: Endgame Guardians of the Galaxy The Big Short
7 Days in Hell
Avengers: Infinity War Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 The Party's Just Beginning In a Valley of Violence

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thor: Love and Thunder Nebula (Character) - 2022
60% 48% Gunpowder Milkshake Sam (Character) - 2021
62% 89% The Call of the Wild Mercedes (Character) $62.1M 2020
71% 87% Jumanji: The Next Level Ruby (Character) $316.8M 2019
42% 79% Stuber Sara Morris (Character) $22.4M 2019
77% 92% Spies in Disguise Eyes (Voice) $66.7M 2019
94% 90% Avengers: Endgame Nebula (Character) $858.4M 2019
85% 91% Avengers: Infinity War Nebula (Character) $678.8M 2018
No Score Yet 32% The List Lily (Character) - 2018
78% 73% The Party's Just Beginning Liusaidh (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 2018
71% 61% All Creatures Here Below Ruby (Character) - 2018
76% 87% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Martha (Character) $404.6M 2017
85% 87% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Nebula (Character) $389.8M 2017
16% 21% The Circle Annie (Character) $20.5M 2017
77% 51% In a Valley of Violence Ellen (Character) $50.4K 2016
89% 88% The Big Short Evie (Character) $70.2M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Warning Labels Mindy (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fun Size Horror: Volume Two Rachel (Character) - 2015
86% 69% 7 Days in Hell Lily (Character) - 2015
92% 92% Guardians of the Galaxy Nebula (Character) $333.7M 2014
31% 36% Not Another Happy Ending Jane Lockhart (Character) - 2013
74% 53% Oculus Kaylie Russell (Character) $27.7M 2013
No Score Yet 48% We'll Take Manhattan Jean Shrimpton (Character) - 2012
64% 30% Outcast Ally (Character) - 2010

TV

Credit
93% 94% What If...? Nebula (Voice) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet GMA3: What You Need to Know Guest 2021
95% 86% Calls Sara (Voice) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2020
82% 16% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2020
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Daily Guest 2019
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown (Character),
Guest
2014 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet GMA Day Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Talking With Chris Hardwick Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Popcorn Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2014 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet SYFY Live From Comic-Con Guest 2017
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2015
59% 76% Selfie Eliza Dooley (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Nerdist Guest 2013
92% 66% Doctor Who Soothsayer (Character),
Amy Pond (Guest Star)
2008 2010-2012
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2012
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2010 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doctor Who Confidential Unknown (Guest Star) 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kevin Bishop Show Unknown (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebus Unknown (Guest Star) 2006