Get used to the name – Karen Gillan is the actress who will appear alongside Eleventh Doctor Who Matt Smith as the Time Lord’s new companion in 2010!
The little-known actress has already appeared in Doctor Who (2008’s The Fires of Pompeii) and has credits in Stacked, The Kevin Bishop Show and James Nesbitt’s forthcoming film Outcast, and is just 21 years old.
And doesn’t she look the part?
The BBC’s announcement comes just one week after the final footage was recorded in the David Tennant years, and signals the earnest beginning of production on the Matt Smith era.
Incoming Executive Producer Steven Moffat described the actress as
“funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy”.
“A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too,” he added.
Karen Gillan herself is thrilled with her new role.
“I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor’s new companion. – I just can’t wait to get started,” she said.
“The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can’t quite believe I am going to be a part of it.
“Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him,” she added.
The Scots actress was raised in Inverness and left school at 16 to study acting at Edinburgh’s Telford College.