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Karen Gillan as 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton

Matt’ll Take Manhattan

Karen Gillan has told TV Choice she asked Matt Smith advice when taking on the role of Jean Shrimpton for BBC Four’s We’ll Take Manhattan.

Karen Gillan as 1960s supermodel Jean ShrimptonMatt, of course, has appeared in Christopher and His Kind and the upcoming drama, Bert and Dickie, since taking on the role of the Doctor, while Shrimpton is the first role Karen has played since becoming Amy Pond in 2010.

She said:

“I did speak to him about it, mainly about what it would be like doing something different from Doctor Who, because I’d forgotten what that’s like! He just said to really savour the experience, because it would be so different.”

Karen seems to be looking for a particular type of role at present – ones that particularly interest her.

“I want to do jobs that I really care about rather than just going to work for the sake of it. We’ll Take Manhattan was a no-brainer for me. I am really interested in that period of the Sixties, when the whole youth thing was so powerful, and fashion was just lovely.”

You can see Karen adorning the cover of the Radio Times this week, while the magazine also includes a photoshoot of the actress, captured by the real David Bailey.

Karen is also due to appear in Not Another Happy Ending, directed by Manhattan writer, John McKay. She’s set to leave Doctor Who during the next series, alongside Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams).

We’ll Take Manhattan – focussing on the professional and, uhm, unprofessional relationship between ‘60s supermodel, Jean Shrimpton, and her photographer, David Bailey – will be broadcast Thursday 26th January on BBC Four.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' Assistant Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

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