She adored playing early on and worked in several youth theatre groups. Gillan was scouted by means of a modeling agency before employed as an actress. Her cast as the Doctor’s company, Amy Pond, to the longtime success U.K. scifi TV program Doctor Who was a career breakthrough.
Produced on November 28, 1987, in Inverness, Scotland, Karen Sheila Gillan (occasionally called Kaz) invented an early connection to acting. She later moved to London, at age 18, to study play at esteemed Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Due to her height (5’11”), appearances and identifying reddish hair, Gillan was recruited with a modeling agency before becoming a working performer. (She’d later play the segment of 1960s British supermodel Jean Shrimpton in the BBC movie We’ll Take Manhattan, which analyzed the star’s association with fashion photographer David Bailey.) Although she loved runway shows and photo shoots, Gillan was always keen on furthering her performing career.
Gillan’s early parts came in television, for example, sketch comedy The Kevin Bishop Show as well as The Well, a show of episodic short horror movies for the BBC. She’ll even be featured in the independent comedic movie Not Another Happy Ending, directed by John McKay.
In May 2009, Gillan was cast in the enviable part of Amy Pond, the Doctor’s company, in the long-running hit British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The character proved to be an important breakthrough for the performer, taking her acknowledgement variable to another degree. She and celebrity Matt Smith, who played the time-traveling physician, immediately became British television’s most popular couple. The two (who, they assert, were never romantically linked) reached superstardom and were mobbed by fans in a number of places all over the world.
“I needed to fake it was for something called ‘Panic Moon,’ that’s an anagram of ‘company.'” The chemistry between the two performers was a key for their tremendous popularity. Gillan is an avid piano player and likes to shop for vintage clothing. As a model, she worked to boost the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer charity initiative.