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Karen Gillan

Occupation: Actor

Nationality: British

Born: November 28, 1987 (26)

Karen Gillan's big breakout came when she played Amy Pond in the hit BBC series Doctor Who.

Before Doctor Who, Gillan was scouted by a modelling agency. She appeared in fashion designer Allegra Hicks's show at London Fashion Week in 2007, and launched Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts' make-up range Dainty Doll. Her early professional acting credits included a two-year stint on The Kevin Bishop Show, where she impersonated A-list stars ranging from Katy Perry to Angelina Jolie.

Gillan made her stage debut in 2011 in the play Inadmissible Evidence, and was the lead in the BBC Four drama We'll Take Manhattan as model Jean Shrimpton. She played the villainous Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy - famously shaving off her hair for the role - and will soon appear in ABC comedy Selfie, a modern-day retelling of Pygmalion.

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