Karen Sheila Gillan (born 28 November 1987) is a Scottish actress and former model. She is most famous for her role as Amy Pond in the British science fiction series Doctor Whoand will appear in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy as the villainous Nebula.
She 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” with her cousin Caitlin Blackwood portraying a young Amelia (Amy) Pond. Gillan had appeared in Doctor Who once before in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” in the role of a Soothsayer.
Karen Gillan was cast as Nebula in the Marvel Studios production Guardians of the Galaxy, due for release on August 1, 2014. Nebula is “an employee of Thanos who has an interesting and complex relationship with [Zoe Saldana’s] Gamora.” About the character, Gillan said, “She is the female villain of the film. She teams up with Lee Pace who is the male villain. She is very sadistic and evil, but I like to think for a very valid reason.” Gillan shaved her head for the role.
Gillan will next star in supernatural horror pic Oculus in the lead role. It will be released in theaters on April 11, 2014.