Widely known for portrayal of Amy Pond in science fiction series Doctor Who, Karen Sheila Gillan is a talented actress, director and model form Scotland. She also gained much attention for her role in various movies, including the role of Jane Lockhart in Not Another Happy Ending, character Kaylie Russell in the movie Oculus, or Nebula in film Guardians of the Galaxy. For her great performance and contribution, she won numerous awards, including a TV Choice Awards and a SFX Awards for the Best Actress, a National Television Awards for the Best Drama Performance – Female, an Empire Awards for the Best Female Newcomer, as well as many nominated awards.
Born in Inverness, Scotland, she was the only daughter of John Gillan and Marie. She stated learning to play piano at the age of 7 and show her interest in acting at her early age. She came to London in 2005 to attend Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school. During this time, she worked as a model. Her professional acting career started in 2006 when she took part in an episode of Rebus.
No record has been found about her personal relationship.