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Karen Bartke

Karen Bartke

Overview

Ethnicity
Caucasian
Age Range
35 - 45
Height
5' 7" (1m 70cm)
Weight
10st. 8lb. (67kg)
Hair Colour
Brown
Eye Colour
Hazel
Build
Medium

Credits

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

Education

  • Year
    Qualification
    Where
  • 2009
    Acting for Screen (Tutors Richard Dillane, Justin Molotnikov, Stephen McCole, Morag Fullarton, Steffan Rhodri)
    The Actors Cut
  • 2008
    Commercials Casting Workshop
    Beverley Keogh Casting
  • 2008
    CPD Practical Aesthetics (Tutor Mark Westbrook)
  • 2004
    Movement and Voice for the Actor (tutor Jackie Craggo, Head of Voice, Oxford School of Drama)
    Jackie Craggo Tutoring
  • 1994
    MA Hons Archaeology

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..."

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

Additional Skills

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

Skills

Skin Colour White
Hair Length Long
Native accent Scottish
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
Accents (International) Australian
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
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
General Singing Skills Solo
Specific Singing Skills Alto, Mezzo-Soprano
General Dance Skills Jazz
Musical Skills Flute, Sax
Organisation Membership Equity
Stage Combat Skills Yes
Driving Licences Standard
Perform nude? Only Professionally
DBS checked Yes