Karen Bartholomew

Actor and Scriptwriter

Training and Education

Karen studied drama at Middlesex and Sacramento University, California. She also began writing sketches and the occasional draft of stand up comedy for University productions. After graduating Karen launched into educational theatre work, fringe and regional productions, gained Equity membership and favourable notices for her written work.


Comedy character work is a favourite of Karen's. Her one-woman show Kiss My Honeymoon Lips was featured on Edinburgh Nights, Channel 4 and Radio Scotland and picked up some excellent reviews. Karen enjoys writing and acting in equal measures and has produced fringe shows in London alongside writing showcases and pilot material.

Karen has been working as a freelance actress and writer for five years and invariably is cast in comic roles, most notably as the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet (National Tour), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (South East Tour) and Helen in Inappropriate Behaviour at the Trinity Arts Theatre. Prior to this she worked at the BBC as a Comedy Researcher and in the interim periods worked as PA for a marketing agency. The transfer from office to stage has actually proved an invaluable experience for much of her role-play work. Karen has worked for clients from both the public and private sector and is highly experienced in producing role-plays, forum theatre and assessment work for training purposes.

Given the writing and acting niche, Karen has flirted with stand up comedy, although prefers producing fully scripted comedy shows. Besides her own ventures, she works regularly on the murder mystery circuit as well as corporate filming and fringe productions in London.

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