Karen Gillan has revealed that she was not the first choice for her role as Marvel supervillain Nebula.

But the 31-year-old got her big break by using her head.

Jessica Biel and Smallville star Kristin Kreuk were among those rumoured to be auditioning for Guardians of the Galaxy – but they weren’t prepared to shave their head for the part.

The actress – who played Doctor Who companion Amy Pond – said her audition tape had been rejected by the studio until director James Gunn saw it by accident. She said: “I believe he never saw my audition tape for Nebula because no one bothered to show it to him.

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