Dad helped me be­come a star... now it’s his turn

Scottish Daily Mail - - 33 - By Stu­art MacDon­ald

SHE is one of Scot­land’s most bank­able stars with hit TV and film cred­its to her name, yet Karen Gil­lan could never have done it with­out her fa­ther’s sup­port. Ray­mond Gil­lan was al­ways there to en­cour­age his gifted daugh­ter and help her over­come play­ground bul­lies who taunted her for her strik­ing red hair. And now the 24-year- old ac­tress from In­ver­ness is help­ing her fa­ther achieve his own am­bi­tion in show­busi­ness. ‘I’m pay­ing for my dad to have an al­bum made,’ she re­vealed. ‘He’s a singer – not pro­fes­sional, he just loves do­ing it. So I got it for him as a Fa­ther’s Day present.’ Miss Gil­lan may even be mak­ing a guest ap­pear­ance on the record with her fa­ther, who is a reg­u­lar on the In­ver­ness pub cir­cuit and of­ten per­forms at open mi­cro­phone nights. ‘I’m think­ing of do­ing a duet with him – but he’s far bet­ter than me,’ she said. Miss Gil­lan, whose last se­ries as Doc­tor Who’s As­sis­tant Amy Pond is now be­ing screened by the BBC, has splashed out thou­sands of pounds to get her fa­ther into the record­ing stu­dio. Mr Gil­lan is a big fan of Elvis Pres­ley and she thinks some of the King’s songs may ap­pear on the record. She said: ‘I am a mas­sive Elvis fan, too. I grew up lis­ten­ing to him be­cause my dad is ob­sessed with mu­sic. ‘Ev­ery day and night he sits there with his head­phones on. He knows ev­ery­thing about Elvis and would tell me all these sto­ries about him – he just loves talk­ing about it – so now I know all about the King’s life. ‘I was sub­jected to his singing and be­came a fan of peo­ple like Ella Fitzger­ald as well. ‘From there, I got in­ter­ested in the arts and started at­tend­ing singing and drama classes in In­ver­ness.’ Mr Gil­lan, orig­i­nally from Sun­der­land, lives in In­ver­ness with Karen’s mother Marie, a house­wife who hails from Glas­gow. Miss Gil­lan re­cently fin­ished film­ing the ro­man­tic com­edy Not An­other Happy End­ing in Glas­gow and is ru­moured to be dat­ing her French co-star Stan­ley We­ber.

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