Karen Dunbar is one of Scotland’s best-known comedy actors. She attended The Comedy Unit’s open auditions in 1997. The company immediately put her to work on their sketch show Chewin’ the Fat. She then went on to star in her own show, The Karen Dunbar Show, which received two coveted Golden Rose nominations for Best Comedy Show and Karen herself two personal nominations for Best Comedy Performance.
Theatre work includes #71 (Oran Mor/Traverse Theatre), Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse), Witsherface: Funny How…? (Glasgow International Comedy Festival), Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical (David Ian Productions Ltd/Edinburgh Playhouse), Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse/St Ann’s Warehouse, New York), Cyrano De Bergerac (Edinburgh Book Festival/Communicado Theatre Co), Can’t Forget About You (Lyric Theatre, Belfast/Tron Theatre), Happy Days (Tron Theatre), The Guid Sisters (National Theatre of Scotland), Men Should Weep (National Theatre), Stand Up Drunk, A Drunk Woman Looks at the Thistle and Ha, Ha, Ha (Oran Mor) and The Vagina Monologues (Mark Goucher Productions).
Television work includes River City and An Audience With Burns (BBC Scotland), 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony (Jack Morton Worldwide for BBC), MI High: Prison Break (Brown Eyed Boy), Happy Hollidays (Effingee Productions), Chewin’ the Fat and The Karen Dunbar Show (BBC Comedy Unit). Documentary projects include I Belong to Glasgow (Hopscotch Films for BBC) and When Karen Dunbar Met Denise Mina (Artworks Scotland for BBC Scotland).
Film projects include Mary Queen of Scots (Focus Features/Working Title) and Rice Paper Stars (Tartan Shorts).