Many actors have gone from Doctor Who to enjoy happy and healthy careers. More recently, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, David Tennant and Noel Clarke have all had an increased work load thanks to the high profiling of Doctor Who (they were talented and working hard before that but the show gave them that extra push, that’s all!).
The latest addition to this list is Karen Gillan, whose name is spreading like wildfire around the acting world since she started branching out from Doctor Who.
Gillan, who is due to leave Doctor Who during its seventh series, is being hotly tipped by director John McKay as “the biggest star that Scotland has ever produced”. McKay recently directed the actress in the BBC Four biopic We’ll Take Manhattan and is now overseeing her transition to the big screen by giving her a part in his feature film called Not Another Happy Ending, a romantic comedy set in Glasgow. The director went as far as to say:
“She is not just a small screen star; she is a big screen star. She really is one of Scotland’s greatest talents and can go all the way.”
Karen has already started receiving some fantastic review for her role in We’ll Take Manhattan as 1960’s model Jean Shrimpton.
Although a lot of us will miss Gillan’s turn as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, there comes a time for everyone to move on to other projects and it looks like we’ve only just seen the beginning of her career!