Karen Gillan stands out as bridesmaid in short dress… and ankle boots

Careful you don't upstage the bride! Karen Gillan stands out at friend's wedding in a short bridesmaid dress… and ankle boots

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18:16 GMT, 10 August 2012

It's one of the bride's biggest fears – having a bridesmaid who upstages her on her wedding day.

But Karen Gillan's best friend clearly only had her pal's interests at heart when she picked out her bridesmaid dress for today.

The Doctor Who star was handpicked for the special role by friend Donna during her nuptials to husband Matt Henderson this afternoon.

Here comes the bridesmaid... Karen Gillan shows off her legs in a short bridesmaid dress at her friend Donna's wedding this afternoon

Here comes the bridesmaid… Karen Gillan shows off her legs in a short bridesmaid dress at her friend Donna's wedding this afternoon

And rather than try and deter all eyes from heading Karen's way, Donna in fact helped to emphasise her best features by even dressing her in a short dress to show off her perfect legs.

Gillan, 24, wore a lilac 1920s-inspired dress with pleated detailing which showed of her pins in all their glory at the sunny wedding in Belladrum in her native Scotland.

Although she looked pretty with her hair down for the occasion while carrying a perfectly co-ordinating bouquet, she also drew attention for wrong reasons as well.

The Big Day: The Doctor Who star was all smiles as she held her matching bouquet and joined the bride by her side

The Big Day: The Doctor Who star was all smiles as she held her matching bouquet and joined the bride by her side

Her big entrance: Karen Gillan wore a short dress with pleated detailing with slouchy black ankle boots to the wedding as she walked down the makeshift aisle

Her big entrance: Karen Gillan wore a short dress with pleated detailing with slouchy black ankle boots to the wedding as she walked down the makeshift aisle

The actress seemed to have chosen inappropriate footwear as she ditched the usual dainty style of bridesmaid shoes for some black slouchy ankle boots.

But bride Donna didn't seem to mind as she was merely pleased it was her big day.

Looking attractive in her white bridal gown, Donna also wore her hair down and carried a matching bouquet.

And the girls were certainly having a good time as they giggled together during the photograph-taking session.

Celebrations: Karen looked happy in the sunshine at the Belladrum venue as she posed up to husband and wife Donna and Matt Henderson, and best man Michael O'Loan

Celebrations: Karen looked happy in the sunshine at the Belladrum venue as she posed up to husband and wife Donna and Matt Henderson, and best man Michael O'Loan

Stepping out: She snubbed the usual dainty style of bridesmaid shoes for some black ankle boots

Stepping out: She snubbed the usual dainty style of bridesmaid shoes for some black ankle boots

Someone's happy! The actress was clearly in a jovial mood as she laughed the day away

Someone's happy! The actress was clearly in a jovial mood as she laughed the day away

Gillan cracked up at one point as they lapped up the glorious day for the wedding.

Karen first emerged on the arm of best man Michael O'Loan, and even as she walked down the makeshift aisle outside she laughed and smiled widely.

If it weren't for the bouquet she could even pass for just being on a dressed up day out with her informal boots.

Arriving in style: Gillan joined the bride as they arrived in a white Volkswagen camper van

Arriving in style: Gillan joined the bride as they arrived in a white Volkswagen camper van

Wedding bells: Karen returned to her native Scotland for the nuptials at the pretty ceremony

Wedding bells: Karen returned to her native Scotland for the nuptials at the pretty ceremony

The TV star appeared to be the only bridesmaid as guests looked on while she joined her best pal at the front of the wedding.

The groom looked equally as ecstatic as he smiled while posing next to his new wife, best man, and Gillan.

And the wedding party even arrived in style, with Karen joining the bride in a white Volkswagen camper van to stylishly arrive at the venue ready for the vows.