Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan was announced as the Eleventh Doctor's companion in May 2009, but her portrayal of Amy Pond in Series 5 isn't the first time fans have seen her in the show, as she previously appeared in The Fires of Pompeii as a soothsayer.

Karen was born in Inverness in Scotland and attended the Charleston Academy before studying at the Telford College in Edinburgh. Upon leaving college, she decided to develop her acting career further, and managed to secure herself a place at London's Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Her first television role came when she was studying at the drama school, in ITV's Rebus, and she went on to appear in The Kevin Bishop Show, as well as Stacked, both on Channel 4. She's also a model, and appeared on the catwalk at the 2007 London Fashion Week.

Karen made her on-screen debut as Amy Pond on April 3rd 2010.