Gillan: I Lost Amy

An interview in Friday’s edition of The Evening Standard with actress Karen Gillan has revealed her feelings on becoming a household name and also her career before Doctor Who.

Doctor Who star Karen GillanAs a struggling actress, Karen had worked a few bit parts in TV shows but as the work dried up, she took a job behind the bar at a pub in Kennington.

‘It was depressing not working for so long,’ she reflects. ‘I hated not being involved in acting, but looking back on it I’m pleased it happened. Otherwise I wouldn’t know what it’s like to have a normal job.’

After she was recruited to work at the London Fashion Week as a catwalk model in 2007, things started to pick up and it wasn’t long before she had aced the audition to flesh out the role of Amy Pond (all’s well that ends well then!).

Karen also talks about her gruelling 9 month work schedule when filming Doctor Who, where 11 days of filming eventually leads to a day off. But it’s not necessarily the best thing in her view:

‘I had a few days off once and I didn’t like it when I came back because I felt out of touch. I was out of it for two days and I felt I’d lost Amy.’

Since starting work on Doctor Who, things are now looking better and better, Karen mentioning that she’ll definitely be back for more. Whatever fate awaits Amy Pond, let’s hope we don’t have to face it for a while..


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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