Dad helped me become a star... now it’s his turn
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.
Star quality: Miss Gillan at a showbiz party
Like father, like daughter: Raymond and Karen Gillan