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Biography – Karen was born in Dublin and graduated from the Samuel Beckett Centre in TCD. Theatre work for the Abbey and Peacock theatres includes; Beauty in a Broken Place, Doldrum Bay, Love in the Title (Abbey and international tour, for which she won the ESB/Irish Times Best Actress Award), Cuirt an Mhean Oiche (Peacock and National tour), Judas of the Gallarus (Peacock), The Rivals (Abbey), Tarry Flynn (Abbey and Royal National Theatre), The Marriage of Figaro (Abbey), The Well Of The Saints (Abbey and Edinburgh tour), Good Evening Mr.Collins (Peacock and National Tour) and The Crucible (Abbey). Karen has worked with theatre companies across Ireland in productions which include; Thesis (Guna Nua Theatre Company) Kvetch (Kilkenny Arts Festival), How I Learned To Drive (Lyric Belfast), The Cherry Orchard, A Month in the Country and The Seagull (Gate), Silas Marner (Storytellers), To (Bickerstaffe), The Ashfire (Pigsback) and international tours with the English Shakespeare Company in The Winter’s Tale and Coriolanus. For Guna Nua, Karen appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest (Civic Theatre, Tallaght), Taste at Andrews Lane Theatre and most recently I Pyrenees and Dream of Autumn at the Project Arts Centre. Film and Television includes: The Running Mate (Treasure Films/TG4), Evelyn, Sinners (BBC/RTE), Fergus’s Wedding (RTE), The Long Way Home, This Is My Father, Ballykissangel (BBC/RTE), Glenroe (RTE) and Nighthawks (RTE). Karen has also appeared in numerous RTE and BBC radio drama productions including; Crazy Dog Audio (RTE), The Monotonous Life of Little Miss P (BBCNI), Three Sisters (RTE), Gone But Forgotten (RTE), Parachutes (BBCNI), I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell (RTE) and Gerry Stembridge’s Daisy The Cow Who Talked (RTE). Karen appeared in Dream of Autumn, with Rough Magic Theatre Company and The Stuff of Myth for Crazy Dog Audio Theatre and Lane Productions. She appeared in an acclaimed performance as Helene in 84 Charing Cross Road at Andrews Lane Theatre for which she received a Best Actress nomination in the 2008 Irish Times Theatre Awards. She appeared in the feature film Daisy Chain for Subotica Films in festivals across Europe and as a recurring character in RTE’s Fair City. She has also appeared as Mrs Robinson in TG4’s Ros Na Run and in La Dispute directed by Wayne Jordan at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin.
Most recently Karen appeared in Neil Simon’s comedy Plaza Suite directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks for Rough Magic and in PEER GYNT, directed Lynne Parker for Rough Magic, in the Dublin Theatre Festival for which she has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award in the 2012 Irish Times Theatre Awards. She most recently appeared in the Irish tour and transfer of Plaza Suite to the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.