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Inverness actress Karen Gillan is banned from wearing high heels on set


By Ian Duncan

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Karen Gillan visiting the Inverness-based Mikeysline charity last year to show her support for the project.
Karen Gillan visiting the Inverness-based Mikeysline charity last year to show her support for the project.

Karen Gillan has revealed that, because of her height, her male co-stars need to stand on boxes so they do not appear shorter than her on screen.

The Inverness-born actress, who is 5ft and 11ins tall, is also instructed not to wear high heels on set for the same reason.

Miss Gillan found fame as Amy Pond in Dr Who alongside Matt Smith in 2010 and has starred in a range of Hollywood movies including Welcome to the Jungle and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

When the 32-year-old was asked, on the Beauty Fashion Friends podcast, if she had been stopped from wearing heels while filming she said: “100 per cent. It’s happened usually during kissing scenes because it doesn’t look good when the guy is looking up to kiss.

“I have seen guys literally standing on boxes. But I’m a giant. I’m 5ft 11in.

“It always throws me whenever I see actors from TV shows that I watch. They are always so much smaller than I expect them to be in real life and for a second I’m just silent while I’m figuring that out.”

When she was a teenager she said her height caused issues but she is now at ease with her build.

She said: “I’m glad to be tall. It’s good to be gangly sometimes. I love being tall now but I didn’t used to like it though."

When she was at school other pupils singled her out for being tall and she said: “I remember walking down the corridor and someone going, ‘Eurgh, you’re tall, lanky and ginger!’ In terms of having red hair, I always had a belief it would benefit me in the long run.”


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