Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress, voice actress, director, screenwriter and model. She played the role of Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the BBC One science fiction series Doctor Who. She has received wide recognition for portraying Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and also for playing Martha in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Birth Name

Karen Sheila Gillan


Karen, Sheila, Kaz


Actress, Filmmaker


Scottish, British

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Karen Gillan was born on November 28, 1987, in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom.


She’s currently 31 years old.


Los Angeles, California, United States

Sun Sign





Karen Gillan attended Telford College in Edinburgh where she did her HNC Acting and Performance course. She later moved to London where she enrolled at the drama school, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts to study acting.

Family Details

  • Father – John Gillan (Recording Artist)

  • Mother – Marie Gillan (Singer)
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status



Boyfriend / Spouse

Karen Gillan dated –

  • Patrick Green (2006-2012) – Karen was in a 6-year long relationship with the British photographer Patrick Green.
  • Andrew Brooke (2012) – In 2012, Karen had an encounter with the British actor Andrew Brooke.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 10 inches
  • In centimeters – 178 cm
  • In meters – 1.78 m


  • In Kilograms – 58 kg
  • In Pounds – 128 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-26-34
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 26 inches
  • Hip – 34 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color

Light Brown

Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 9 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Her appearance in the TV series Doctor Who (2010 – 2012). She played the character of Amy Pond who is a companion of the protagonist Matt Smith (the Doctor).

Film Debut

Gillan first showed up in 2008 in the TV movie Stacked, playing the character of Ginny Turner.

Television Debut

In 2006, Karen Gillan made her television debut appearing in an episode of the TV show Rebus. She played the role of Teri Cotter in an episode titled ‘A Question of Blood’.

Theatre Debut

In 2011, Gillan made her off-Broadway debut in John Osborne’s play Inadmissible Evidence along with Douglas Hodge, playing the role of Shirley. She made her Broadway debut in a play called Time to Act in November 2013.

Brand Endorsements

She has voiced the TV commercials for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Warburtons, eHarmony and others.

Awards & Nominations

2010Constellation AwardsBest Female PerformanceDoctor Who: “Amy’s Choice”Nominated
TV Quick AwardsBest ActressDoctor WhoNominated
Cosmopolitans Ultimate Women of the Year AwardsBest ActressWon
Young Scot AwardsEntertainmentWon
2011SFX AwardsBest ActressWon
TV Choice AwardsBest ActressWon
Scream AwardsBest Sci-Fi ActressNominated
2012National Television AwardsBest Drama Performance: FemaleWon
SFX AwardsBest ActressNominated
Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice AwardsFavourite UK ActressN/ANominated
Scottish Fashion AwardsScotland’s Fashion IconN/AWon
2013National Television AwardsBest Drama Performance – FemaleDoctor WhoNominated
2014Fright Meter AwardsBest ActressOculusNominated
Detroit Film Critics SocietyBest EnsembleGuardians of the GalaxyWon
Nevada Film Critics SocietyBest Ensemble CastWon
Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest CastNominated
2015Central Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleNominated
Empire AwardsBest Female NewcomerGuardians of the Galaxy and OculusWon
Fangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Actress (long-list)OculusNominated
Hang Onto Your Shorts Film FestivalBest Actress in a Short Film (Long)Bound for GreatnessNominated
IFS Film FestivalBest Actress in a Short FilmWon
Best Independent ShortCowardWon
Edinburgh International Film FestivalBest Short FilmNominated
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest Short FilmConventionalNominated
2016London IFF Film FestivalBest Lead Actress in a Short FilmBound for GreatnessWon
FirstGlance Film FestivalBest Actress in a Short FilmWon
2017Maui Film FestivalRising StarN/AWon
2018Glasgow Film FestivalAudience AwardThe Party’s Just BeginningNominated
MTV Movie & TV AwardsBest On-Screen TeamJumanji: Welcome to the JungleNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Comedy Movie ActressNominated
DTLA Film FestivalBest Female Actor in a Leading RoleAll Creatures Here BelowWon
Philadelphia Film FestivalArtistic Achievement in Independent FilmThe Party’s Just BeginningWon
British Academy Scotland AwardsBest Feature FilmNominated
British Independent Film AwardsBest Debut ScreenwriterNominated

Karen Gillan Favorites

  • Favorite Place – New York
  • Favorite Candy – Cadbury Cream Eggs
  • Favorite Color – Teal
  • Favorite Candy Bar – Hazelnut Dairy Milk
  • Favorite Spice Girl Song – Who do You Think You Are
  • Favorite Sandwich – Consists of Bread with Seeds, Avocado, Chicken and Pepper
  • Favorite Animal – Meerkat

Karen Gillan Net worth

Karen has an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Karen Gillan

  • Karen learned to play the piano when she was 7.
  • At a young age, she showed the passion for acting and joined a few local theater groups.
  • She was initially cast for guest roles on television drama series before landing a main role on  sketch comedy series The Kevin Bishop Show.
  • She is a good friend of Katee Sackhoff.
  • In 2010, she won the Young Scot Awards in Entertainment category for her appearance as Amy Pond in the TV series, Doctor Who.She also won several other awards for her role in the series.
  • In 2011, Gillan promoted the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.
  • She was ranked at #42 and #36 on FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women’ list.
  • In February 2014, Gillan was cast as the lead in Selfie, an American single camera sitcom for ABC produced by Warner Bros.
  • Gillan wrote and directed her first short film, Coward, which screened at the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival, and nominated for several awards.
  • In 2018, She was cast as Ruby Roundhouse in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.
  • In 2018, she released her first featured film as a writer and director, titled The Party’s Just Beginning.
  • In 2018, she visited the Mikeysline crisis support centre in Inverness after presenting her film The Party’s Just Beginning. The film is about the high suicide rate in the Scottish Highlands, and Gillan made a public pledge to support the mental health charity.


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