Karen Bartke

  • Actor
    Female / Glasgow and London
  • Ethnicity
    Caucasian
    Age Range
    36 - 46
    Height
    5' 6" (1m 70cm)
    Weight
    10st. 8lb (67kg)
    Hair Colour
    Brown
    Eye Colour
    Hazel
    Build
    Medium
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    Files

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  • Agent

    Agent
    The Narrow Road Company
    Contact
    020 7831 4450
    Website
    www.narrowroad.co.uk

    Links

    Personal Website
    www.karenbartke.com
    IMDB
    IMDB
    Spotlight Member
    yes

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2015The performances by all three actors are excellent, with Karen Bartke especially compelling
East End Review
eastendreview.co.uk
2015Karen Bartke captures all the desolation of a woman who has lost her faith and her children
Lyn Gardner
theguardian.com
2015Karen Bartke gives a particularly acutely felt and compelling performance as the mother who has lost her child
Honour Bayes
thestage.co.uk
2015...a fantastically nuanced trio of performances...especially Karen Bartke as Suzy.
Neil Cooper
heraldscotland.com
2015Karen Bartke as Suzy is particularly engaging. She gives a wonderfully expressive and naturalistic performance
Christine Irvine
tvbomb.co.uk
2015Brimming with insights ...consistent excellence from the cast....better than any family drama has any right to be....
Lorna Irvine
exeuntmagazine.com
2015...absolutely gripping, drawing superb and sometimes heart-rending performances from Karen Bartke, Umar Ahmed and Kiran Sonia Sawar.
Joyce McMillan
scotsman.com
2015
Rachel Halliburton
timeout.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2018Anna/The Therapist/Job Centre Lady
Radio
The John Moloney Show
Richard Melvin
Dabster Productions
2018Florrie Featherstonehaugh
Radio
Tommies
David Hunter and Jonquil Panting
BBC Radio
2018Doctor
TV
Coronation Street
Duncan Foster/Abe Jukes/Gill Wilkinson
ITV
2017Viv
Rehearsed Reading
Lily
Allie Butler
Tron Theatre Company
Tron Theatre
2017Elaine
Theatre
Nowhere
Andy Arnold
Tron Theatre Company
Tron Theatre
2017Karen Baird
Theatre
Assessment
Alice Langley
Shows on a Shoestring
Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre
2017Maleficent
Theatre
Sleeping Beauty
George McMahon
Robert C Kelly Productions
Gardyne Theatre, Dundee
2017Reader
Radio
Book At Bedtime - F Scott Fitzgerald, the Lost Stories
Eilidh McCreadie
BBC Radio
2017Anna/Posh Mum/Waiting Room Girl
Radio
The John Moloney Show
Richard Melvin
Dabster Productions
2017Elsa Opel
Radio
Marathon Man
Kirsty Williams
BBC Radio
2017Clare/Kelly
Radio
4:4
Gaynor MacFarlane
BBC Radio
2017Caro Donald/Suzy
Radio
Rebus: Fleshmarket Close
Bruce Young
BBC Radio
2017Warder Anne Bishius
Radio
Life on Egg
Sam Michell
BBC
2017Sgt Pettigrew
Radio
Alien: Rivers of Pain
Dirk Maggs
Audible.com
2017Sgt Karen Anne Millar
TV
Scot Squad Series 4
Iain Davidson
The Comedy Unit
2016Sgt Karen Anne Millar
TV
Scot Squad Series 3
Iain Davidson
The Comedy Unit
BBC1 Scotland
2016Lilim/Meggot/Daisy Hempstock
Radio
Stardust
Dirk Maggs
BBC Radio
2016Anne
Radio
Life on Egg
Sam Michell
BBC
2016Henriette
Radio
Blood, Sex & Money: Apocalypse
Gary Brown
BBC Radio
2016Keehar/Nildro-Hain/Boxwood
Radio
Watership Down
Marc Beeby
BBC Radio
2016Narrator
Radio
Cooking in a Bedsitter
Emma Harding
BBC Radio
2016Jane
Radio
Wild Things
Liz Linden
BBC Radio
2016Fiona/Vicki
Radio
Control
Emma Harding
BBC Radio
2016Mrs Mendrill
Radio
The Confidential Agent
Sally Avens
BBC Radio
2016Dr Selma Hussain
Radio
Incredible Women - Astrid
Claire Jones
BBC Radio
2016Agnes
Radio
The Mysteries of Udolpho
Sally Avens
BBC Radio
2016Olive Collings
Radio
Tommies
Jonquil Panting
BBC Radio
2016Dominatrix/Actor
Radio
Incredible Women - Bella Hayman
Claire Jones
BBC Radio
2016Various (Sketch Comedy)
Radio
It's Jocelyn!
Suzy Grant
BBC Radio
2016Mrs McNair/Mother/Nurse
Radio
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
David Hunter
BBC Radio
2016Various (Sketch Comedy)
Radio
What Does the 'K' Stand For?
Paul Sheehan
BBC Radio
2016Jo
Radio
Romance is Dead
Kirsty Williams
BBC Radio
2016Volva
Radio
Gudrun's Saga
Sasha Yevtushenko
BBC Radio 4
2016Samantha Heslop
Radio
Inappropriate Relationships
Sasha Yevtushenko
BBC Radio
2016Mrs Kirke/Mrs Moffat/Mrs Hummel
Radio
Little Women
Tracey Neale
BBC Radio
2016Mrs Thorpe
Radio
Northanger Abbey
Sally Avens
BBC Radio
2016Sandra
Radio
Somewhere in England
Gaynor MacFarlane
BBC Radio
2016Mrs Murray
Radio
Agnes Grey
Tracey Neale
BBC Radio
2016Desk Sergeant
Radio
The Interrogation
Mary Peate
BBC Radio
2016Tyler
Radio
Leaving
Marc Beeby
BBC Radio
2016Social Worker
Radio
Journey to Pakistan
Elizabeth Allard
BBC Radio
2015Sgt Karen Anne Millar
TV
Scot Squad Series 2
Iain Davidson
The Comedy Unit
2015Suzy/Sajida
Radio
My Name Is....
Bruce Young
BBC Radio
2015Josie
Radio
Rachel's Cousins
Bruce Young
BBC Radio
2015Avril
Theatre
Tracks of the Winter Bear
Zinnie Harris
Traverse Theatre
Traverse Theatre
2015Suzy/Sajida
Theatre (Tour)
My Name Is....
Philip Osment
Tamasha Theatre Company
Summerhall, Tron, Cumbernauld, Traverse, Eden Court, Dundee Rep, MacRobert
2014Sgt Karen Anne Millar
TV
Scot Squad
Iain Davidson
The Comedy Unit
2014Suzy
Theatre (Tour)
My Name Is...
Philip Osment
Tamasha Theatre Company
Arcola Theatre, Tron Theatre
2013Female VO
Voiceover
People Make Glasgow TV Ad
David Reilly
Cask Productions
2013Female VO
Voiceover
Get into Silverburn ads
Victoria Watson
The Gate Films
Pacific Audio
2013VoiceoverSodexo E Learning
Steve Scott
Bigmouth Audio
2012Sgt Karen Ann Millar
TV
Scot Squad
Iain Davidson
The Comedy Unit
2012Michelle
Online / Digital
Kronicles of Kirk
Iain Davidson
The Comedy Unit
2012Aunt Belle/DSM
Theatre (Tour)
The Man Who Had All The Luck
David Hutchinson
Sell a door Theatre Company/Mull Theatre Company
UK Tour
2012Mum
Commercial
Superstar sponsored by Sterling Furniture bumpers
Matt Winn
Cask Productions
2012Performer
Theatre
Alchemy (Comedy Sketch Show)
Annie Griffin
Kudos Brown Eyed Boy
Traverse
2012Roleplayer
Role Play
GP Recruitment Selection Centre
Alan Bryant
Interact Roleplay
2011Jane
Theatre
No Time Has Passed In Hippo Land
Charlotte Allan
Sonic Boom
Ramshorn
2011The Book
Theatre
The Hitchhikers Guide to the GalaxyRadio Theatre Group
2010Debbie
Film (Short)
In The Snack Bar
Iftekhar Gafar
Second Light - GMAC
2010Debbie
Film (Short)
The Ambitious Potato
David Newbigging
Running Productions
2010The Scientist
Voiceover
Team Digital Preservation and the Planets Testbed
Paula Lacerda
Flaunt Productions
2010CIM
Voiceover
WePreserve and Metafor: Team Digital Preservation and the Metafor Common Information Model
Paula Lacerda Bird
Flaunt Productions
2010Voiceover
Commercial
Stiffy's Kola Kubes - Nostalgia
David Fisher
Pacific Audio
2009Viola
Theatre
Twelfth Night
Michael Emans
Goodnightout Theatre Company
East Kilbride Village Theatre
2008Announcer
Voiceover
Cashback Scotland - Bench Girls Radio Ad
Carlo Zanotti
Barkers Scotland
2008Catherine
Theatre
The Memory of Water
Michael Emans
Goodnightout Theatre Company
East Kilbride Arts Centre
2006Narrator
Voiceover
Glasgow City Council Child Protection Services CD Rom
Gillian Smith
Equator
2005Voice Over
Voiceover
Toyota Aygo "Do Something Memorable"
Martin Cross
Guy Robertson Partnership
Waterfront Studios
2005Peter Pan
Theatre
Oh Yes He Is!
Jon Reid
Sense Scotland
Oran Mor, Glasgow
2005Nurse
Film (Feature)
Silver Tongues
Simon Arthur
4way Pictures
2003Sadie Carter
TV
Monarch of the Glen
Rob Knights
BBC
2003Beth
Theatre
Refuge
Jack Murdoch
Wee Slice
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2009Acting for Screen (Tutors Richard Dillane, Justin Molotnikov, Stephen McCole, Morag Fullarton, Steffan Rhodri)The Actors Cut
    2008Commercials Casting WorkshopBeverley Keogh Casting
    2008CPD Practical Aesthetics (Tutor Mark Westbrook)Acting Coach Scotland
    2004Movement and Voice for the Actor (tutor Jackie Craggo, Head of Voice, Oxford School of Drama)Jackie Craggo Tutoring
    1994MA Hons ArchaeologyUniversity of Glasgow

    Additional Skills

    Archery, Badminton, Climbing, Fencing, Ice Skating, Rollerblading, RollerSkating, ScubaDiving, Shooting, Skiing, Yoga, Puppetry

    Additional Information

    Bases in Glasgow/Central Scotland and London.

    Strong vocalist with good harmony skills - performs as a member of The Sentinels function band.

    "Karen Bartke gives a particularly acutely felt and compelling performance as the mother who has lost her child and is trying to deal with how it happened and why." - The Stage

    "Both Karen Bartke, as young mother Suzy/Sajida and Umar Ahmed as Farhan are deeply impressive for the affecting performances they give of a young couple who fell in love and genuinely wanted to create the best future possible for their children." - Time Out

    "Rather, (Sudha Bhuchar) and (Philip) Osment allow the understated power of the piece to come through a fantastically nuanced trio of performances from Kiran Sonia Sawar as Ghazala, Umar Ahmed as Farhan and especially Karen Bartke as Suzy." - Glasgow Herald.

    "The effect is simple, but absolutely gripping, drawing superb and sometimes heart-rending performances from Karen Bartke, Umar Ahmed and Kiran Sonia Sawar." Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

    "As Viola/Cesario, Karen Bartke gives an excellent performance displaying some beautiful comic timing - notably in a wonderfully expressive moment as we see the penny drop that Olivia has fallen for her/him." - View from the Stalls

    "There are some fine performances on view, notably from a cool but alluring Karen Bartke in the key role of The Book." The Scotsman

    "At its centre, however, is a wonderful performance by Karen Bartke as Eliza" - East Kilbride News

    "There are some compelling performances here, though, particularly from John Love, Karen Bartke, and Boyle and Sheppard themselves, as the four family members; and there's no denying the power of a dramatic structure that leads us through so much pain and conflict, to a conclussion that offers a faint glimmer of hope. " Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

    About me

    Scottish actress, singer and voiceover artist. Best known as Sgt Karen Ann Millar in "Scot Squad" (Comedy Unit). Winner of BBC Audio Award for Best Debut Performance 2016 for "My Name Is...." (BBC Radio 4). Originated the role of Suzy in "My Name Is..." (Tamasha Theatre Company). Offie Nominated as Best Female 2014 for "My Name Is..."

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • White
    Accents (International)
    • Australian
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Commercials
    • Corporate
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Panto
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TIE/TYA
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    Interested in
    • Comedy
    • Commercials
    • Corporate
    • Film (Professional)
    • Improvisation
    • Music Videos
    • Online
    • Panto
    • Presenting
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TIE/TYA
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    Musical Skills
    • Flute
    • Sax
    Organisation Memberships
    • Equity
    Accents (UK)
    • Cockney
    • Cornish
    • Edinburgh
    • English, standard
    • Geordie
    • Glasgow
    • London
    • Manchester
    • Northern England
    • Northern Working Class
    • RP
    • Scottish Highlands
    • Scottish, Central
    • Scottish, Standard
    • Scottish, West Coast
    • Somerset
    • South London
    • Southern England
    • Yorkshire
    Accents (North American)
    • Californian
    • General American
    • New York City
    • Southern American
    • Upper-Class Massachusetts
    General Dance Skills
    • Jazz
    Hair Length
    • Long
    Specific Singing Skills
    • Alto
    • Mezzo-Soprano
    Perform nude?
    • Only Professionally
    Stage Combat Skills
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    General Singing Skills
    • Solo
    Native accent
    • Scottish
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Character Types
    • Wholesome
    • Professional
    • Geeky
    • Intellectual