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Karen was last seen on stage at the Abbey in Rathmines Road as part of the Dublin Theatre festival.
Karen was born in Dublin and graduated from the Samuel Beckett Centre in TCD.
Karen most recently appeared in the Oscar nominated Brooklyn, alongside Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson, directed by John Crowley as well as RTEs Acceptable Risk opposite Elaine Cassidy and Angeline Ball. Other Previous Film/TV includes Noble (nominated for several international awards and three IFTAs), A Terrible Beauty… (Tile Films) as well as Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan.
Karen most recently appeared on stage in the highly successful show The Unmanageable Sisters on the Abbey Stage in the leading role of Rose. Other recent stage credits include: Normal (Maisie Lee, WeGetHighonthisCollective), Angela’s Ashes (Thom Sutherland, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre), Oedipus (Wayne Jordan, The Abbey Theatre), Peer Gynt (Lynne Parker, Rough Magic – Irish Times Best Supporting Actress nomination), Threepenny Opera (Wayne Jordan, The Gate Theatre) Steel Magnolias with Mischa Barton (The Gaiety Theatre), and Love in the Title (Abbey/International tour – ESB/Irish Times Best Actress Award).
Work with other companies includes: The Colleen Bawn (Bedrock – Irish Times Best Supporting Actress nomination), The Stuff of Myth (Crazy Dog Audio Theatre & Lane Productions) and Helene Hannf in 84 Charing Cross Road (Andrews Lane Theatre – Irish Times Best Actress nomination for both).
Karen has also performed in numerous radio dramas including; Duet (Newstalk), Tempting Faith and Greed is Good (BBC4).