Published: 29/06/2015 10:45 - Updated: 29/06/2015 11:01

Karen Gillan is new Edinburgh Film Festival patron

Karen Gillan joins Nairn resident Tilda Swinton as one of Edinburgh International Film Festival's honorary patrons.
Karen Gillan joins Nairn resident Tilda Swinton as one of Edinburgh International Film Festival's honorary patrons.

ACTRESS Karen Gillan has joined fellow Scottish screen stars Robert Carlyle and Tilda Swinton in being named an honorary patron of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

The announcement came on Sunday, the closing weekend of the 69th Edinburgh Film Festival, which included a screening of the Inverness-born actress’s debut as a director, her short film Coward.

The former Doctor Who actress, who is carving out a Hollywood career for herself that includes a key role in science-fiction blockbuster Guardians of The Galaxy and the lead in sit-com Selfie, was also a member of the judging panel at the 2015 festival.

"I am so thrilled to become a Patron of Edinburgh International Film Festival," she commented.

"I moved to Edinburgh from Inverness when I was 16 to study acting. I developed such a creative connection with the city. So to come back and celebrate Scottish and international filmmaking is an honour."

Joining her as the festival’s latest honorary patron is Scottish actor James Cosmo, who won this year’s EIFF award for best male performance in a British feature film for his role as a former boxer in The Pyramid Texts.

Well known for appearances in Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Trainspotting, together with Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics he was also behind ultimately unsuccessful plans to create a film studio in Inverness

"We are thrilled to add two Scottish luminaries to our illustrious troop of EIFF honorary patrons," EIFF artistic director Mark Adams said.

"James Cosmo is a powerhouse of acting fortitude, acknowledged this year by the Michael Powell Jury, and Karen Gillan is not only a star onscreen — her directorial debut at EIFF has shown her talents also extend behind the camera. We’re delighted to know they’re flying the EIFF flag worldwide for us."

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