Scottish actress Karen Gillan was born on 28th November 1987 to Marie and Raymond Gillan, in Inverness in the Scottish highlands. Her father is a singer and recording artist. At the young age of 16, the actress moved to Edinburgh at Telford College to study acting. After two years, she moved to the Italia Conti Academy, London to study Theatre Arts. Being recruited by a modeling agency at a young age, the unstoppable Scottish star however, wanted to become an actress and not a model. There is no shortage of Karen Gillan fans worldwide, and many of us know about her very well, but there are some more facts yet to be explored. So, read and enjoy 15 surprising and worth mentioning facts about Karen Gillan.
15 Surprising Facts About Karen Gillan
- Karen has played the piano from a young age and considered going down a musical path instead of pursuing a career in acting.
- The very talented actress has a middle name in her name. Her full name is Karen Sheila Gillan.
- As a child, Karen suffered from crippling stage fright (the fear of public speaking or performance).
- For beautiful Karen the most lovely and beloved piece of jewellery is a cross given to her by her grandmother. In one of her interviews she mentioned that this is very precious for her because this is one who gave her the determination to do all this and to live her dreams.
- Do you know Karen Gillan shaved her head to play the role of Nebula in her first Guardians of the Galaxy film? Isn’t this amazing!!! Yes you read it right; the actress went bald for her role as villainous character. Although she enjoyed her hair-less look, she definitely isn’t looking forward to doing it all again for the follow-up.
- All her fans know Karen as an actress but do you know, before finding consistent acting work she worked in a London pub.
- During the initial years of her acting career, Karen Gillan appeared in many television series in minor roles.
- She is credited for making amateur horror movies in her house as a teenager, with her father who often played a role in them.
- Apart from playing piano Karen’s hobbies include writing songs and listening to music.
- Hilariously the talented actress can do impressions of stars as well. Yes!!! She can do impressions of stars like Angeline Jolie, Julia Roberts, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.
- Apart from being an actor and model, Karen is also a theatre artist, director and a screenwriter.
- The Scottish actress wants to play the lady Bond in a future James Bond movie.
- Her family is Catholic background, but Karen Gillan has not been christened and she does not practice a religion.
- Other than her work in the film industry, she has also worked with the global charity cause named ‘Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’.
- Scottish Actress is a vocal supporter of greater diversity for female roles in the Hollywood industry.