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
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.