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Karen Gillan to star in American sitcom

Former Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan, who was born and raised in Inverness, is set to star in the first full series of ABC sitcom Selfie, the American network announced on Saturday.

The show is written by Suburgatory’s Emily Kapnek and described as a modern take on My Fair Lady.

Gillan stars as a social media addict called Eliza Dooley, who teams up with an arrogant marketing expert (John Cho) to repair her online image after becoming the subject of a humiliating viral video. The show also stars David Harewood, Tim Peper, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Allyn Rachel.

According to Spoiler TV, ABC describes the show as follows:

Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has come a long way since her dorky junior high days. Thanks to the magic of laser hair removal, push-up bras and filters on photos—she is Instafamous with 143,000 followers. She shamelessly tweets about being pushed in a wheelchair through the airport because her 5-inch Louboutin shoes ‘are a kind of disability.’ Her nonstop selfies and posts raise her profile and rack up the ‘likes.’

But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having friends. She enlists the help of marketing guru and buttoned up co-worker, Henry, to ‘rebrand’ herself and her reputation. In return, Eliza flirtatiously offers to do “almost anything” but Henry just blushes and insists their relationship is strictly business.

Eliza fails her first test when Henry catches her playing Candy Crush on her phone during a wedding ceremony—with the sound on. Listening to the vows “gave her the feels” and she just needed an escape. Her disregard for his rules pushes Henry to quit, but Eliza charms him into giving her another chance. Besides, people are beginning to notice the sparks between them.

Loosely based on My Fair Lady, Selfie explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline— whether she ‘likes’ it or not—from writer/executive producer Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory).

Gillan has worked on a number of American projects since relocating to Los Angeles two years ago.

She played Daisy in crime procedural spoof NTSF:SD:SUV, appeared in indie horror flick Oculus, and is to star in Marvel’s Summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, which hits UK cinemas on 1 August.

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