Karen Gillan’s post-Doctor Who career is going from strength to strength with the news today that her ABC pilot Selfie has been picked up for a full series.
The Scottish actress is the star of the American comedy, described as a modern take on My Fair Lady with Gillan playing Eliza Dooley (we like what they did there), a 20-something who pays more attention to her online persona than professional image.
Co-starring John Cho (Star Trek) and Homeland’s David Harewood, the pilot sees Eliza “suffering a very public and humiliating breakup” before becoming the subject of a viral video that lands her more social media followers than she could ever have imagined, albeit for all the wrong reasons.
With the aid of arrogant marketing expert Henry (Cho), Eliza decides to overhaul her tarnished image – and if My Fair Lady is anything to go by, the upcoming series will no doubt see the pair fall head over heels for one another.
Selfie is just one of a string exciting projects Gillan has lined up since she quit Doctor Who back in 2012. Last year saw her appear as Daisy in US series NTSF:SD:SUV while her horror flick Oculus hit cinema screens earlier this year. Next up is the role of villainous Nebula in summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy – a part she famously shaved her head for – set to be released in UK cinemas on 1 August.