First look: Doctor Who star Karen Gillan as supermodel Jean Shrimpton

The first picture has been released of the actress as the Swinging Sixties icon in We'll Take Manhattan

Here’s the first shot of Amy crossing the Pond, as Karen Gillan takes time out from the Tardis to take on the role of 60s fashion icon Jean Shrimpton.


Gillan stars alongside Aneurin Barnard, as photographer David Bailey, in BBC4 drama We”ll Take Manhattan, charting their “explosive love affair” in New York.

The one-off drama centres on a week-long photoshoot Bailey did with Shrimpton in 1962 for Vogue magazine.

Gillan said both Shrimpton and Bailey approved of the project.

“[Jean] left a lovely message saying she really enjoyed it,” said Gillan. “David Bailey loved it, too. And they’re really honest people so that means something to me.”

The star admitted she had been concerned about playing a real person.

“I guess there is more pressure because part of me thinks I should stay true to what this person actually was,” said Gillan. “And they’re still alive, which is quite a significant thing as well, because they’re going to see how you portray them.”


We’ll Take Manhattan is expected to screen on BBC4 in January