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How Karen Gillan Achieved a Net Worth of $2 Million

Karen Gillan

Are you familiar with actress and one-time model Karen Gillan, the dynamic Scottish thespian who has thus far achieved a net worth of approximately 2 million dollars? Chances are, you have seen her in projects such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle or its sequel that came out two years later. Maybe you recognize her as Nebula from the Marvel movies, or even perhaps from her stint in the popular BBC show Doctor Who. Regardless of which of her projects you know her from, the bigger question involves understanding how she has amassed a net worth of $2 million in such a short amount of time. Stay tuned while it all gets broken down.

Modeling Career

Before she actually started acting, she ended up with a career as a model. At the time, she was acting in community theatre and going to college for a degree in the performing Arts. However, she had not yet landed her first paying job as an actor. When she was offered a modeling contract, she took it and was subsequently paid for her efforts. However, she was always quick to point out that she never strayed from her desire to become an actor, even when she was modeling. In fact, she saw the modeling career as nothing more than a stepping stone to achieve what she truly wanted. That said, her early modeling career did contribute to her net worth.


At the relatively young age of 33, Gillan continues to defy the odds by making a little more than $2 million thus far. As previously mentioned, she has been in some very popular productions. Doctor Who is a television program that almost everyone is aware of, one that is seen all over the globe. Even that pales in comparison to her role in the Marvel films. In addition, the Jumanji films are immensely popular and she is currently involved in a number of upcoming projects that are going to see future release dates. In fact, she has been involved in approximately a dozen different productions. It's important to remember that in addition to being paid for her involvement in each of these projects, she also receives royalties for each one of them every time they air. It may not seem like much at first, but those royalties can definitely add up, especially when you are talking about something as immensely popular as the Marvel films. It's also important that you don't forget that any merchandise sold in connection with these projects also provides income.

Her Role as Nebula

It has been reported that she was paid $140,000 for her role as Nebula during the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. Keep in mind, she has reprised that role in numerous films since then, in addition to starring in other projects. When you start looking at things in this manner, it becomes much easier to see how she has managed to obtain a net worth of approximately 2 million dollars. In fact, most people would probably think that her acting, coupled with her earlier modeling career, is enough to easily surpass the two million dollar mark. However, it's also worth noting that she has quite an impressive car collection that is worth a great deal of money, something that adds to her net worth considerably. In fact, that car collection is currently worth more than $375,000. It includes some of the most sought-after automobiles around the world, including a Jaguar Type E convertible and a Ford Mustang. Other cars in the collection include a Mercedes S-Class, an Audi A8 and last but not least, an Audi A4.

New Opportunities Abound

Of course, she is no different from any other actor in the sense that she is always looking for new projects to come her way. Actors have a tendency to work from job to job. It's merely the nature of the business. In some cases, they have several jobs lined up after their current project is finished. In other cases, they are actively looking for their next project, even while they are wrapping up their current one. For actors that are in demand, the schedule usually stays fairly busy, but for individuals who are just starting out, it can be a stressful time to wrap up one project and not have something else lined up for a future date. As such, virtually all actors end up with a deep-seated fear that the next project won't come along unless it's already confirmed. This is another way that she has obtained a net worth of a little more than two million dollars. She works from one project to the next, with very few breaks in between. As discussed, she has repeatedly said that it comes from an innate fear of not having something else lined up. Therefore, she tends to line up enough projects to keep her busy well into the future. Obviously, that gives her an opportunity to make more money, thereby increasing her net worth with each new project she completes.

There is no doubt that she is one of the most talented young actors to grace the screens in quite some time. She is proving that she can play both the serious roles and the futuristic ones that require her to create an entirely new world that in no way exists within this reality. In short, she is proving that she has the range in the acting chops to do what she needs to do in order to continue booking jobs well into the future. Considering the fact that she is only 33 years of age, there is no reason not to believe that she will add to her net worth significantly as she continues to work in the future. If she so chooses, there is every reason to believe that she can continue working for the majority of her life. Who knows, she might even decide to add a few more automobiles to her car collection as well.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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