Karen grew up in Inverness, Scotland and developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy.
At age 16, Karen decided she wanted to pursue her acting career further and, studied under the renowned theatre director Scott Johnston at the Performing Arts Studio Scotlond. She later attended the prestigious Italia Conti academy in London. During her first year, she landed a role in “Rebus” (2000) and soon appeared in a variety of programs including Channel 4’s “Stacked” (2008) and “The Kevin Bishop Show” (2008), and the film “Outcast” (2010), starring James Nesbitt.
Karen is best known for playing the Doctor’s companion, Amy Pond, on the long-running sci fi show “Doctor Who.” She’s a cast member on Adult Swim’s “NTSF:SD:SUV::” and will be see in the upcoming Marvel comics film “Guardians of the Galaxy” as Nebula.
When she’s not acting, Karen likes to play the piano and loves rummaging through vintage clothes shops.