Doctor Who beauty Karen Gillan tipped for greatness


By Oliver Farrimond

FRIENDS, family and former teachers of stunning Doctor Who starlet Karen Gillan have backed the 21-year-old former model for greatness.

The role – widely thought of as one of the biggest in television – sees the svelte beauty acting as sidekick to new Doctor Matt Smith.

Father John Gillan said he was delighted for the flame-haired starlet to follow in the footsteps of Billie Piper and comedienne Catherine Tate.

He said: “She has worked very hard for this – she has always been enthusiastic for her career and we’re so happy for her.

“It came as a great shock for all of us when we heard she had been chosen for a role in such an iconic programme.

“But the BBC has asked us not to talk about it. I don’t even know when she’s starting work, it’s all a big secret.”

Having dreamt of being an actress since childhood, Gillan will take her place in the intergalactic sci-fi show when a new series kicks off next year.

Gillan studied acting at Edinburgh’s Telford College after leaving school at 16, and has since had a string of high-profile catwalk appearances with big-name designers.

After graduating from the prestigious Italia Conti stage school in 2005, she has been the face of a number of prestigious fashion houses.

Tutors at Telford College said that the Inverness-born actress’ star quality was obvious from the very beginning.

Teacher Scott Johnson, head of acting and performance at the college, said: “We knew she was a star as soon as we saw her perform.”

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