Happy Birthday Karen Gillan!

Happy Birthday Karen Gillan! The Hollywood actress turns 31 today (28.11.19) and here we take a look back on the 'Marvel' star's rise from UK darling to Hollywood success.

Karen turns 31
Karen turns 31
28 Nov 2019

Karen turns 31

Happy Birthday Karen Gillan! The Hollywood actress turns 31 today (28.11.19) and here we take a look back on the 'Marvel' star's rise from UK darling to Hollywood success.

Karen's debut role
Karen's debut role
28 Nov 2019

Karen's debut role

Karen first appeared on screens in 2006 as Teri Cotter in the second series of Ian Rankin’s ITV crime drama ‘Rebus’. The role required a 19-year-old Karen to drop out of her spot at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school. The ‘A Question of Blood’ episode saw Karen as a school girl involved in a mass shooting at a local sports college.

Karen's first leading role
Karen's first leading role
28 Nov 2019

Karen's first leading role

Karen’s first leading role came in ‘The Well’. She played the sensible and extremely intelligent Coll as part of the multi-platform horror story, which was first broadcast in October 2009 on BBC Two in the BBC Switch Saturday afternoon slot.

Karen in Doctor Who
Karen in Doctor Who
28 Nov 2019

Karen in Doctor Who

Karen’s big break came when she was assigned as the companion to ‘Doctor Who’. She portrayed Amy Pond alongside the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, in 2009 until 2012 and reappeared in the 2013 Christmas special for Matt’s departure. For her role, she won the ‘Woman of the Year’ award for Best Actress.

Karen's first horror
Karen's first horror
28 Nov 2019

Karen's first horror

In-between filming the fifth and sixth season of ‘Doctor Who’, Karen appeared in her first horror, ‘Outcast’. She played Ally next to award-winner James Nesbitt and ‘Game of Thrones’ star Kate Dickie in the British supernatural horror film.

Karen moves to Hollywood
Karen moves to Hollywood
28 Nov 2019

Karen moves to Hollywood

Karen’s big move to America came when she bagged herself the lead role in the television series ‘Selfie’. She was cast as Eliza Dooley in February 2014 for the ABC sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Television. It was a modern-day take on Eliza Doolittle, who is obsessed with social media.

Karen's major horror
Karen's major horror
28 Nov 2019

Karen's major horror

Karen’s first major lead role in a film came in April 2014. She starred as Kaylie Russell in ‘Oculus’ who believes an antique mirror is responsible for the death and misfortune that her family suffered. It was a box office hit and Karen received positive reviews for her role. Karen won the award for Best Female Newcomer at the 20th Empire Awards.

Karen becomes a star
Karen becomes a star
28 Nov 2019

Karen becomes a star

Karen took on the role of Nebula in the ‘Marvel’ superhero science fiction film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, which made her a Hollywood star. Totally committed to the role, she shaved her head to play the brutal space pirate and mercenary. A wig was made out of her hair, which she wore during the production of ‘Selfie’.

Karen's Hollywood friends
Karen's Hollywood friends
28 Nov 2019

Karen's Hollywood friends

In 2017, Karen took the lead female role in ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’. The direct sequel to the 1995 hit ‘Jumanji’ starring Robin Williams, saw Karen alongside Hollywood A-listers Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.

Karen's directing role
Karen's directing role
28 Nov 2019

Karen's directing role

Karen wrote, directed and stars in her first feature film ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’. Her directorial film debut in 2018 - first titled ‘Tupperware Party’ – is set in her home town in Scotland. After the name changed, it was nominated for Best Feature Film and the British Academy Scotland Awards.

Karen's compelling return
Karen's compelling return
28 Nov 2019

Karen's compelling return

Karen returned as Nebula for 'The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2', 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Avengers: Endgame'. The films unwrapped her character's compelling story line, and helped make Karen a star with an estimated $2 million net-worth. However, the 'Marvel' franchise is set to continue Nebula's story, earning Karen a hefty sum and a bright future.

Happy Birthday Karen Gillan! The Hollywood actress turns 31 today (28.11.19) and here we take a look back on the 'Marvel' star's rise from UK darling to Hollywood success.

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