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

Year Association Category Work Result
2010 Constellation Awards Best Female Performance Doctor Who: “Amy’s Choice” Nominated
TV Quick Awards Best Actress Doctor Who Nominated
Cosmopolitans Ultimate Women of the Year Awards Best Actress Won
Young Scot Awards Entertainment Won
2011 SFX Awards Best Actress Won
TV Choice Awards Best Actress Won
Scream Awards Best Sci-Fi Actress Nominated
2012 National Television Awards Best Drama Performance: Female Won
SFX Awards Best Actress Nominated
Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice Awards Favourite UK Actress N/A Nominated
Scottish Fashion Awards Scotland’s Fashion Icon N/A Won
2013 National Television Awards Best Drama Performance – Female Doctor Who Nominated
2014 Fright Meter Awards Best Actress Oculus Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy Won
Nevada Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Cast Nominated
2015 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Guardians of the Galaxy and Oculus Won
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress (long-list) Oculus Nominated
Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival Best Actress in a Short Film (Long) Bound for Greatness Nominated
IFS Film Festival Best Actress in a Short Film Won
Best Independent Short Coward Won
Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Best Short Film Conventional Nominated
2016 London IFF Film Festival Best Lead Actress in a Short Film Bound for Greatness Won
FirstGlance Film Festival Best Actress in a Short Film Won
2017 Maui Film Festival Rising Star N/A Won
2018 Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award The Party’s Just Beginning Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best On-Screen Team Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy Movie Actress Nominated
DTLA Film Festival Best Female Actor in a Leading Role All Creatures Here Below Won
Philadelphia Film Festival Artistic Achievement in Independent Film The Party’s Just Beginning Won
British Academy Scotland Awards Best Feature Film Nominated
British Independent Film Awards Best Debut Screenwriter Nominated

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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