Karen Gillan will be attending Awesome Con on Saturday and Sunday.
Before garnering worldwide recognition as the first of The Eleventh Doctor’s companions, Karen Gillan landed a recurring role as a member of the ensemble cast for the sketch comedy show, The Kevin Bishop Show. It was on The Kevin Bishop Show that she honed and developed a comedic range and diversity, portraying such well-known figures as pop star Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie.
Gillan began her role as The Eleventh Doctor’s first companion, Amy Pond, during Doctor Who’s fifth season. Gillan’s character arc was one of the most complex in the series’ history, seeing her from a young girl to a mother. In the series, Matt Smith’s Doctor first encounters Pond as a very young girl, only to later return to her some 12 years after their first meeting to invite her as his companion.
Gillan saw the relationship between her character and The Doctor as one of a brother-sister type. Gillan recognized that past companions seem to have little to do when The Doctor wasn’t around and felt the need to inject her character with a certain confidence and adventurousness lacking in previous companions, “Amy’s a sassy lady, funny and passionate, and her relationship with The Doctor has a really interesting dynamic.” Gillan ended her run as Amy Pond on the series at the end of its seventh series, saying that she wanted to go, “on a high when the character was at her prime.”
Since leaving Doctor Who, Karen Gillan has enjoyed a thriving film and television career. Gillan was seen by American audiences on the Adult Swim television series NTSF:SD:SUV:: during its November 2013 season. Gillan also appeared in the terrifying horror hit, Oculus. She was seen in 2014′s most successful film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, stealing the show as the nefarious Nebula. She then reprised her role in the franchise’s follow-up, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Returning to television screens in late 2014, Gillan’s first leading role on a US series came with ABC’s sitcom Selfie as Eliza Dooley, a women obsessed with the idea of achieving fame through the use of social media. She can also be seen in the feature films The List, In a Valley of Violence, and the mini-series The Devil You Know. More recently she can be seen in the upcoming films Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Avengers: Infinity War.
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