Karen Gillan bags relative role

Karen Gillan begged 'Doctor Who' bosses to cast her cousin in the show - even though they had never met.

The Scottish actress - who portrays the Time Lord's new assistant Amy Pond in the upcoming series of the sci-fi show - met her young relative, 10-year-old Caitlin Blackwood, for the first time on the set of the BBC One show after urging producers to let her play a younger version of her character.

Caitlin's mother Linda told the Daily Record newspaper: "Caitlin was born and grew up in Northern Ireland and Karen grew up in Scotland. So they actually only met for the first time at the read-through on set. It was an emotional moment. People kept commenting that they were so alike."

Caitlin was joined by the 22-year-old beauty and the latest Time Lord, actor Matt Smith, at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness yesterday (30.03.10), for a special screening for her loved-ones and friends from the St. Joseph's Primary School.

Caitlin said: "It was scary seeing myself up on the screen for the first time. I loved getting to know Karen and chatting with her. I got to meet some Daleks and went inside the TARDIS too."

Despite being cousins, Karen insisted the youngster had to go through a difficult audition process before she secured the part.

She added: "We didn't have many scenes together but we saw each other around set and that was really nice."

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