PORTFOLIO / BIO
Karen works as an actress and producer. She independently produced a short film called Patch that was shot in Guernsey/UK in which she starred in a main role. This film is broadcast on Shorts TV worldwide. For this film she received a Best Actress Award at the Madrid international Film Festival 2017. Patch was selected for the prestigious LA Shorts Fest and has won the Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego) and the Award of Merit at the LA Global Shorts Festival. Recently, she joined Amsterdam based production company Revolver.
Karen starred in several short films and Dutch tv shows (Beschuldigd, Lachen met Arne/Buya with Arne Toonen. Recently, she produced and starred in a children’s program about changed society due to Covid19 Het Anderhalve Meter Journaal with actress/director Systke van der Ster. Karen also works as a corporate actress for various companies and multi nationals. She can also be seen in commercials like Lidl (as Willemijn with Beau van Erven Dorens), in Nuon and in NCOI campaigns. She appeared in commercials like Ikea, Belastingdienst, Caiway and Holland Casino.
Christmas Commercial Lidl 2018 Film Drama Premiere Silhouette Actrice
Sector 9S – Short Sci-Fi Thriller
Sector 9S – Short Sci-Fi ThrillerActress
Christmas Commercial Lidl 2018
Christmas Commercial Lidl 2018Actress
Christmas Commercial Lidl 2018
Het Anderhalve Meter Journaal – children’s program – director Sytske van der Ster (actress/producer)
Comedy Series – director Kristjan Knigge (2019 – in development with Revolver/DutchCheez (actress/producer)
Short Film Sector 9S, sci fi thriller april 2018 – Best Special Effects, Nominations Best Camera and Best Film Poster, top 3 audience choice, Twents Festival van de Korte Film – Silver Award Best Film, nominations Film Fest The Hague, Film Fest Middelburg (Mrs de Bie/Producer/Writer)
Short film Patch, DutchCheez Productions & McMedia- director Kristjan Knigge (Distribution Shorts TV) (The Netherlands/Guernsey UK) 2016 (main role Tessa/Producer )
Official Selection LA Shorts Fest september 2016 – Award Best Supporting Actress Madrid International Film Festival 2017- Award of Excellence (Short Film and Humor)/ Award of Merit (Script and Audience Impact) Best of Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego) december 2016 – Award of Merit LA Global Shorts Festival november 2016 – Official Selection ShortToThePoint Film Fest Bucharest 2016
Short films by RNWMedia, Drama for Social Change 2016 (various roles)
Starring TV series Accused 2013 (main role Lucy)
Short films, examination films, theatre plays, television pilots, kids programs (e.i. Lachen met Arne – Buya)
Commercial Lidl ‘Delicieux, Ga voor Goud!’ 2018
Commercial Nuon ‘Sustainability’ 2015
Commercial Ikea ‘Christmas’ 2014
Commercial Dutch Tax Office 2013
Commercial Caiway Internet and Telecom 2011
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
NCOI Corporate Training and Education – Computrain IT Training, State Police Force Studio43 – SanneNadineHes – Maaike van Haaster
singer /songwriter, Haarlem 2007-2010 (Togglehead, Joey Retro (The Mutations, several coverbands)
Trained by: singing and performance coach Vicky van Zijl (Penelope, Pimpersticker), Mara Sophie Peelen (‘No Man’s Land’), Caroline van Bavel (Die Drei Groschen)
Karen speaks French and English fluently (she has a master degree in French Literature and lived for 1,5 years in France, she also studied English as second language and speaks it fluently, also due to frequent visits to her father who lived in the USA). She easily adapts accents and speaks both British and American English. Born (Twente) and raised in the province (Drente), she can manage well with a Drenthe/Twente accent.
Karen was trained at the Camera Acting School Videcom Teledrama (Hilversum, The Netherlands), at the School for Theatre and Television (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by Josja Haman and at the Mulholland Academy (Camera Acting/Strassberg). Karen is frequently in London where she takes acting training at The Actors Centre. She joined Acting Masterclasses in Los Angeles, London (Checkov, Meisner, Weston, comedy) and she was coached by actress Sytske van der Ster (Crossing Lines). She also did acting and improvisation classes in Amsterdam at De Toneelmeester (Herman Bolten/Hugo Konings) and at ACT Amsterdam.