Photo of Karen Gillan as Amy Pond

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond

Karen Gillan – Doctor Who’s Amy Pond

Karen Sheila Gillan (Doctor Who’s Amy Pond) is a Scottish actress and former model that is best known for her current portrayal of Amy Pond in the British science fiction series Doctor Who.

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Karen Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland. Her father, Raymond John, a Day Centre Manager, and mother, Marie, still have a home in Kinmylies. She learned to play the piano when she was seven. She has no brothers or sisters and grew up as an only child. At a early age, she developed a passion for acting, joining several local youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide array of productions at her school, Charleston Academy.

When she was sixteen, Gillan chose to pursue her interest in acting, studying at Edinburgh’s Telford College. Later, she secured a spot at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in London on the BA (Hons) Acting degree course. Her cousin Caitlin Blackwood has portrayed the young Amy Pond in three episodes of Doctor WhoGillan moved to London when she was 18 years old to study at drama school.

Photo of Karen Gillan in her first appearance on Doctor Who. She players a soothsayer in "The Fires of Pompeii".

Karen Gillan was cast for the role of the Eleventh Doctor’s first companion, Amy Pond, on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who in May 2009. She made her first on-screen appearance as Amy Pond in “The Eleventh Hour”, which first aired on 3 April 2010. Karen Gillan had appeared in Doctor Who once before in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”  in the role of a Soothsayer.  Source Wikipedia

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