Karen Krizanovich is a writer, broadcaster and researcher based primarily in London, Glasgow and Chicago.

Editor-At-Large for Civilian magazine, Karen’s been published in The Times, Reader’s DigestThe Sunday Times Style, Red, The IndependentThe Telegraph, The Guardian Film Blog, Elle, T3, The Daily Mail on relationships and social mores, Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan among many others. Broadcasts include BBC1 Breakfast News, ITV’s ‘This Morning’, BBC Radio 4′s ‘Woman’s Hour’, BBCR4′s ‘The Film Programme’, LBC Radio, Monocle Radio and BBC2′s ‘The Review Show’.

Brand ambassador for Universal’s Picturebox Films, Karen has appeared on over 75 different TV shows, including CNN and Newsnight, with live outside broadcasts from the Cannes Film Festival – an incomplete list is online at IMDb. 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. In December 2011, Karen also presented a look at the late Helen Gurley Brown’s milestone book Sex & The Single Girl for BBC Radio 4 along with an accompanying article on the BBC News main website and an appearance on BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour.

With a BA in Philosophy of Mind and an MBA in Film Finance, Karen is active in development and script reporting with an interest in film business and film news across all media. She’s also worked on 24: Live Another Day (2014), Gravity (2013) and Red Dwarf Back To Earth (2009).

Karen is a member of the exclusive London Film Critics’ Circle and a jury associate for the international film critics’ association FIPRESCI. She reviews films for Monocle, Radio Times, Virgin Media and The Arts Desk. Her written reviews, including early work for Empire, are aggregated at Rotten Tomatoes.

A popular host for Q&A sessions and film-related talks, Karen appeared most recently 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 beginning to be archived at and Twitter posts @Dear_Karen_.

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


Karen is also an accredited personal trainer.