Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan was born on November 28, 1987. She is a Scottish actress, best known for her work in British movies, particularly as Amy Pond in the series “Doctor Who” from 2010 to 2013. Gillan is known for more roles, like Nebula (which she’s reprised countless times) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Ruby Roundhouse in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017) and its sequel. Gillan’s acting career goes back to 2006, and she’s achieved critical acclaim and stardom. She’s an incredible actress worth celebrating on her special day today!

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Karen Sheila Gillan



Birth date:

November 28, 1987



Zodiac Sign:



5' 11"

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Net Worth:

$4 million

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Karen Sheila Gillan is a Scottish actress whose talents and dedication to acting have set her apart. She’s a Sagittarius, born on November 28, 1987, in Inverness, Scotland. Her parents are Marie and Raymond Gillan. Gillan is of English and Scottish descent and she comes from a Catholic background. At 16, Gillan moved to Edinburgh, where she completed an acting course at Telford College. By 18, she moved to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and got scouted by a modeling agency. In 2007, she premiered at London Fashion Week as a model.

Gillan’s acting career began with minor appearances in productions like “Rebus” (2006), “Harley Street” (2008), and “Coming Up” (2008). That year, she made her movie debut with “Stacked” (2008), where she played the starring role. She was also part of the ensemble cast of “The Kevin Bishop Show,” in which she appeared in 12 episodes. In 2009, she got cast as Amy Pond in the “Doctor Who” series. After playing Ally in “Outcast” (2010), Gillan made her debut theater performance in the play “Inadmissible Evidence” (2011) as Shirley. In 2013, she starred in the supernatural horror movie “Oculus.” The following year, she played the lead in the sitcom “Selfie” and Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” In 2015, Gillan made her directorial debut with a short movie she also wrote and starred in called “Coward.” She has directed four more movies since then. In 2017 she starred alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” She reprised this role in the 2019 sequel. Gillan reprised her role as Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2019), “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), and “Thor: Love and Thunder” (2022).

Gillan has been in a plethora of projects and movies. The actress, whose career involves being in front of the camera, keeps her personal affairs behind the scenes. She is married to comedian Nick Kocher, and she shares her success with friends and family.

Career timeline

London Fashion Week

Gillan premieres at London Fashion Week.

Her Movie Debut

Gillan makes her movie debut with “Stacked.”


Gillan stars in “Oculus.”

A Directorial Debut

Gillan makes her directorial debut with “Coward.”

She Reprises Her Nebula Role

Gillan reprises as Nebula in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Why We Love Karen Gillan

  1. She’s a philanthropist

    From breast cancer to suicide prevention, Gillan is a passionate activist and philanthropist. She has actively contributed to several non-profit organizations.

  2. She’s talented

    Gillan is an incredible actress. She immerses herself in all her roles.

  3. She’s stunning

    Gillan is a stunning actress. Her grace and strikingly unique looks turn heads.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She wasn’t baptized

    Although raised Catholic, Gillan wasn’t baptized into the religion.

  2. She shaved her head

    Gillan shaved her head to play Nebula.

  3. She loves Michael Haneke

    Gillan claims Haneke is her “favorite director in the world.”

  4. She dropped out

    Gillan dropped out of London’s Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts to take the role in “Rebus.”

  5. She doesn’t practice any religion

    Gillan isn’t a believer and doesn’t practice any religion.

Karen Gillan FAQs

How much did Karen Gillan earn as Nebula?

In the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, Gillan made approximately $140,000.

Will there be a “Jumanji 3?”

Yes, there will. Although we don’t have a release date yet, we’re expecting it to release soon.

Was Karen Gillan in the police force?

No, she wasn’t.

Karen Gillan’s birthday dates

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