Karen Krizanovich is a journalist, writer, researcher, public speaker and broadcaster based in London and Chicago, with credits on The Conjuring 2 (2016), Stratton (2016), Patient Zero (2015), 24: Live Another Day (2014), Gravity (2013), among others – an incomplete list is online at IMDb.

Karen’s writing has been published in Stylist, The Pool, The Times, Reader’s DigestThe Sunday Times Style, Red, The IndependentThe Telegraph and The Guardian Film Blog, among many others. She is Editor-At-Large for Civilian magazine and is part of that magazine’s fabled troika of reviewers in the Party O’ Three section.

Broadcasts include BBC1 Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4′s ‘Woman’s Hour’, BBCR4’s ‘The Film Programme’,  Monocle Radio and BBC2′s ‘The Review Show’.  Her review outlets are Monocle24 Radio, Radio Times, STV’s Movie Juice and The List. Her written reviews, including early work for Empire, are aggregated at Rotten Tomatoes.

Karen conceived, researched and presented Whistledown Production/BBC Radio 4‘s groundbreaking original radio documentary entitled Svelte Sylvia and the Hollywood Trimsters. ‘Sylvia of Hollywood’ was Tinsel Town’s greatest fitness/beauty expert yet she was wiped from history until this documentary and the Wikipedia page built by Karen from her own research brought Sylvia back to life.

Trained in Philosophy with an MBA in Film Finance, Karen is a brand ambassador for Picturebox Films. She has appeared on over 75 different TV shows, including CNN and Newsnight, with live outside broadcasts from the Cannes Film Festival.

Karen is the honorary secretary and member of the London Film Critics’ Circle and a jury associate for the international film critics’ association FIPRESCI. She is also a member of the British Film Designers Guild [BFDG] and The Writers’ Guild [WGGB].

A host for Q&A sessions and film-related talks, Karen has hosted for the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the London Comedy Writers’ Festival, the NFT/BFI, First Light’s Fever Pitch/London Film Festival, the Barbican Cinema and for the Curzon Cinema.

In the 90s, Karen was Dear Karen, the sarcastic beloved Agony Aunt of Sky Magazine’s must-read comedic advice page. Dear Karen’s past posts are currently being archived on Pinterest at Dear Karen columns. A good interview about these done by the great Ruth Picardie is here The Sharon Stone of Agony

An American voiceover artist, Karen specialises in alto tones and American regional accents. Some vocal samples are here.


Karen is also an accredited personal trainer.