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Inverness actress Karen Gillan is a real picture

By SPP Reporter

Suki Dhanda’s portrait of Karen Gillan will hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
Suki Dhanda’s portrait of Karen Gillan will hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

SHE’S hot and she’s definitely Scots – that’s Inverness’s very own Karen Gillan who will take pride of place in the refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

The Doctor Who star’s photographic portrait will appear alongside some of Scotland’s most famous faces, from Sir Sean Connery to David Tennant, in a new collection when the gallery reopens on Thursday 1st December.

Hot Scots, a display of 18 works, recently acquired for the national collection, will feature well known names from TV, film and music including current Hollywood stars James McAvoy and Gerard Butler.

Ms Gillan, will be in good company with writer Armando Iannucci, singer Paolo Nutini, Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin and artist and playwright John Byrne.

The portraits have been taken by celebrated photographers from Eva Vermandel to Albert Watson. Karen’s is by Suki Dhanda who regularly shoots portaits for The Guardian newspaper.

The new Scottish National Portrait Gallery will, for the first time, include a major space dedicated to showcasing Scottish and international photography, as well ?as newly commissioned work ?by contemporary photographers.

Hot Scots will be shown in the new Contemporary Gallery on the ground floor.

James Holloway, the gallery’s director said: “It is absolutely right that faces as familiar as David Tennant and Karen Gillan should be on show in the new Portrait Gallery.

“The gallery is about Scotland today as well as Scotland of old.”

The actress, soon to be playing 1960s model Jean Shrimpton in the BBC film “We’ll Take Manhattan”, is making her first West End appearance in the John Osbourne play “Inadmissible Evidence”.

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