Karen Cartwright

  • Actor
    Female / London
  • Ethnicity
    Age Range
    49 - 59
    5' 1" (1m 57cm)
    8st. 7lb (54kg)
    Hair Colour
    Eye Colour



  • video file (mov)


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2013 - 2018Simulated patient
Role Play
Psychiatric Simulation Training for Health professionals
Neetu Nandra Medical Education booking
North East London FT
Alexander Suite, Goodmayes Site, Barley Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG3 8XJ
2016 - 2018Parent of a dying child undergoing withdrawal of care and transfer to a hospice. All day workshop of a journey with parents of a dying child and the transfer of care from hospital to hospice.
Role Play
Compassionate Extubation. ITU to Hospice.
Clinical Simulation Centre Great Ormond Street Hospital London WC1N3JH.
2016 - 2018Mother of a child being taken off life support. All day journey and training for health professionals.
Role Play
When A Child Dies
Course Organiser: Elizabeth Akers CSC and Rachel Cooke Family Bereavment Service
2012Character entertainment
Alvin and the ChipmunksPremiere PR
2011 - 2012Role Player Medical
MRCOG Exam PreparationRoyal Free Hospital NHS Trust
2012Lilian Knight, Mother
Midsummer Nights Evil
Simon Timblick
Spooky Thrills Company
Location London
2007A woman
Film (Student)
The Wasteland
Rokiah Yaman
Student production - The Place
2001 - 2002Brenda
Film (Feature)
Hemanthe Wasanthayak
Sriyani Amaresena
Sri Lankan TV/Torana Video
2000 - 2001Simone
Marat Sade
Bubble and Squeak Productions City and Islington
City and Islington College
  • Education

    2014Acting for RadioCity Lit
    2011Physical TheatreCity Lit
    2011Acting - Shakespeare , Acting with text, acting with big emotions.City Lit
    2002I year intensive course ( Access to drama- Acting)City and Islington College
    2001Clowning - sacred clown - Didier DanthoisPrivate course

    Additional Skills

    Massage therapist, Horticulturist of many years. Singing, Dancing (American Jive). Musician - competent guitar player and vocalist. Published songwriter. Script writing skills, TV production and post production skills, directing, presenting.

    Admin skills, photography, good with animals, (ex Veterinary Nurse) horses, riding. Multi faceted Artist: Strong visual sense, for interiors and exteriors - spent 5 years as a horticulturist.

    Additional Information

    I would say I am a versatile character actor with a natural comedic bent but generally an honest and truthful performer with a naturalistic style. I have had equivalent of three years training and loads of learning on the job experience which I think is the best way to learn. Early performing started with music as a singer songwriter and vocalist in bands. I am committed to working in the industry that I enjoy. I have a very strong talent for making up comedic songs about any given subject!

    About me

    I am female aged 58 with a playing age of 45 - 65. Pretty well preserved for my age, fit and strong. I have worked in many areas including acting in short films, TV and in theatre and while this work has not been my only job or extensive I know am an instinctive and intuitive performer with some natural talent.

    I am London based and came to acting later in life - mid / late 30's alongside other jobs as most of us have to do. I did a year intensive acting course at City and Islington College as well as several short courses at City Lit and with other establishments in working with Text, Acting for camera and Acting for radio and physical theatre.

    I am also a published songwriter and musician (guitar) and have had a very wide range of performing and life experience including stand-up musical comedy. I always wanted to return to full on drama training but I never had the time ! I still think about it though as I do feel that working creatively in this way physically and emotionally is when I feel at home.

    In my younger days I was more involved with music as a singer and musician/performer and have worked in a music video with Tim Pope, and lots of band gigs and some stand up comedy. I've written and performed monologues, and done some bits of film and TV for UK and far east (Sri Lankan TV). I am an experienced medical Role Player - not just in exam situations for students but in real life scenarios for death and dying and for paediatric death and withdrawal of life support (as a mother) where the scene is played out live through a whole day with different teams and different aspects of the process - very emotional work.

    I am also a communication skills trainer in medical exam preparation for senior doctors and have worked overseas and in UK facilitating communications skills workshops. I enjoy writing and devising and working with other performers. Comedy is a strong interest.

    Previous other jobs include TV production and research - I have worked in post production, script writing and editing, on screen interviews of celebrities and for film publications as a film journalist in the past. I am a trained Complementary Therapist, experienced in Therapeutic Massage and Aromatherapy, I have led Arts and drama sessions for kids and have a passion for gardening and also work as a horticulturist/plantswoman.

    Acting experience

    Access to Drama and Performing Arts City and Islington 2001

    Various CPD including Acting for Radio, Physical Theatre, Monologues and Text.

    Lots of Medical role play work for various NHS Trusts and intense day courses with Paediatric End Of Life scenarios that is also recorded and observed.

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • White
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • Spanish
    Musical Skills
    • Bass
    • Guitar
    Accents (North American)
    • General American
    Hair Length
    • Shoulder Length
    Perform nude?
    • Only Professionally
    Stage Combat Skills
    • No
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    General Singing Skills
    • Advanced
    Native accent
    • English
    DBS checked
    • Yes (within last 12 months)
    Interested in
    • Comedy
    • Commercials
    • Corporate
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Improvisation
    • Modelling
    • Music Videos
    • Presenting
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Teaching Theatre
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    Accents (UK)
    • Liverpool
    • London
    • Northern Irish
    • Somerset
    • Southern England
    General Dance Skills
    • Swing/Jive
    Specific Singing Skills
    • Mezzo-Soprano
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Corporate
    • Film (Professional)
    • Modelling
    • Presenting
    • Roleplay
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Voice Over