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 – an incomplete list is online at IMDb.
Karen’s been published in The Times, Reader’s Digest, The Sunday Times Style, Red, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Guardian Film Blog, Elle, T3, The Daily Mail on relationships and social mores, Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan among many others. She is also Editor-At-Large for Civilian magazine.
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’.
Karen is the honourary secretary of the London Film Critics’ Circle and a jury associate for the international film critics’ association FIPRESCI. Her review outlets are currently Monocle24 Radio, Radio Times and Scotland’s The List. Her written reviews, including early work for Empire, are aggregated at Rotten Tomatoes.
A 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.
Karen is also an accredited personal trainer.