November 28, 1987
33 years old
5 ft 10 in | 178 cm
34-26-34 in | 87-66-87 cm
58 kg | 128 lbs
9 US | 39.5 EU
Karen Sheila Gillan was born in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom, on November 28, 1987, is a Scottish actress.
Young Karen Gillan first started performing during her years of college in school theater productions.
She began her career as a model, at London Fashion Week in 2007.
She got her television debut in detective drama series Rebus (2006) in episode "A Question of Blood", in role as Teri Cotter.
She made her big screen debut in horror thriller film Outcast (2010) in role as Ally.
Her breakthrough performance came as Amy Pond in science fiction television series Doctor Who (2010–2013).
She made her professional stage debut in a play "Inadmissible Evidence" (2011) in role as Shirley, at Donmar Warehouse.
She landed her Broadway debut in a play "Time to Act" (2013) in role as Karen.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2021) superhero in role as Nebula
Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) action thriller in role as Eva, opposite Carla Gugino and Michelle Yeoh
Call of the Wild (2020) live-action CGI-animated adventure in role as Mercedes, with Harrison Ford, Omar Sy and Cara Gee
Avengers: Endgame (2019) superhero in role as Nebula
Stuber (2019) buddy action comedy in role as Sara Morris, opposite Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) fantasy adventure comedy in role as Ruby Roundhouse, with Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart
Spies in Disguise (2019) animated buddy comedy in voice role as Eyes
She played Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies:
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
She portrayed Ruby Roundhouse in fantasy adventure comedy films:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
She directed, wrote and starred in lead role as Liusaidh in drama film The Party's Just Beginning (2018).
Oculus (2013) supernatural psychological horror in role as Kaylie Russell
In a Valley of Violence (2016) western with John Travolta, Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga
The Circle (2017) drama Sci-fi opposite Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega
Not Another Happy Ending (2013) romantic comedy with Stanley Weber and Freya Mavor
The Big Short (2015) biographical comedy drama in role as Evie
Alex & The List (2018) romantic comedy opposite Patrick Fugit and Jennifer Morrison
All Creatures Here Below (2018) drama in role as Ruby
The Kevin Bishop Show (2008–2009) sketch comedy in various roles
The Well (2009) fantasy thriller TV series in role as Coll
She played Jean Shrimpton in TV drama romance film We'll Take Manhattan (2012).
NTSF:SD:SUV:: (2013) television comedy series in role as Daisy
A Touch of Cloth (2014) television comedy series in role as Kerry Newblood
Selfie (2014) romantic comedy series in role as Eliza Dooley
She portrayed Lily Allsworth in comedy movie 7 Days in Hell (2015), opposite Andy Samberg and Kit Harington.
She studied acting at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland and at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in London.
She is the only child.
She shaved her head completely bald to play Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Featured in music video for TV on the Radio "Happy Idiot" (2014).
Good friends with American actress Katee Sackhoff.
Huge fan of the situation comedy Community (2009).
Likes to play the piano.
Lives in New York City, U.S.
She dated British photographer Patrick Green (2006-2012).