Karen Gillan, Star of Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Jumanji, Coming to NYCC This October!

August 08, 2017 12:00 PM

You've seen her adventuring in space as Amy Pond from Doctor Who and Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, and you’ll soon be able to see her trekking through the jungles of Jumanji. This October, you can find her mingling with fans at NYCC. Come see Karen Gillan in the Autographing and Photo Ops areas at New York Comic Con 2017.

Karen Gillan will be at New York Comic ConKaren Gillan

Jumanji, Guardians of the Galaxy

Before garnering worldwide recognition as the first of The Eleventh Doctor’s companions, Karen Gillan landed a recurring role as a member of the ensemble cast for the sketch comedy show The Kevin Bishop Show. It was on the Kevin Bishop Show that she honed and developed a comedic range and diversity, portraying such well-known figures as pop star Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie. Gillan began her role as The Eleventh Doctor’s first companion during the revived show’s fifth season. Gillan’s character arc was one of the most complex in the series’ history, seeing her from a young girl to a mother. In the series, Matt Smith’s Doctor first encounters Pond as a very young girl, only to later return to her some 12 years after their first meeting to invite her as his companion. Gillan saw the relationship between her character and The Doctor as one of a brother-sister type. Gillan recognized that past companions seems to have little to do when The Doctor wasn’t around and felt the need to inject her character with a certain confidence and adventurousness lacking in previous companions, “Amy’s a sassy lady, funny and passionate, and her relationship with The Doctor has a really interesting dynamic.” Gillan ended her run as Amy Pond on the series at the end of its seventh series, saying that she wanted to go, “on a high when the character was at her prime.” Since leaving Doctor Who, Karen Gillan has enjoyed a thriving film and television career. Gillan was most recently seen by American audiences on the Adult Swim television series NTSF:SD:SUV:: during its November 2013 season. Gillan also appeared in the terrifying horror hit, Oculus. She was most recently seen in 2014′s most successful film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, stealing the show as the nefarious Nebula. With the announcement of the sequel coming shortly before the film’s release, Gillan reprised her role in the newly minted franchise’s follow up, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. On 30 August 2016, it was announced that Gillan was cast in the lead female role in the Jumanji sequel starring alongside Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Jack Black which is due to be released towards the end of 2017. Gillan returned to television screens in late 2014, landing the lead role on ABC’s sitcom Selfie as Eliza Dooley, a retelling of the classic story Pygmalion about a women obsessed with the idea of achieving fame through the use of social media. In 2015, Gillan appeared in the Oscar nominated film The Big Short, a comedy about the US housing crisis and economic downfall following it which was directed by Adam McKay. In 2016, Gillan can next be seen in the Ti West directed western In a Valley of Violence alongside John Travolta and Ethan Hawke as well as The Circle with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and the mini-series The Devil You Know.

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