15 april, 1979
Karen David is not your average "girl next door." Born in the foothills of the Himalayas, raised in Canada and London (UK), she forged her own way from the very beginning. Musically, Karen proved herself at an early age--as a 17-year-old she won a prestigious scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, studying voice. She returned to the UK where Benny Andersson snapped her up to join the original stage cast of "Mamma Mia!". She subsequently signed a record deal with BMG Europe, with whom she enjoyed substantial success including a top-ten single in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Soon afterwards she was discovered by A.R. Rahman, the composer who would famously achieve worldwide success for his score for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Together they created the theme tune for the British drama Provoked: A True Story (2006), in which she also had a supporting role.
Acting and music would intertwine exactly as she originally desired. Her film career has included a starring role in the "Scorpion King" franchise (The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008) (V)) and was cast by Christopher Nolan in a supporting role in Batman Begins (2005). However, it is perhaps her television roles that have earned her the majority of her diehard fans in the UK and America. In BBC 1's BAFTA-nominated, prime-time series "Waterloo Road Reunited" (2011) she played Francesca Montoya, a teacher who fell in love with a student. The storyline generated plenty of controversy, however; more and more admirers fell for Karen's compelling performance, and the series averaged over 9 million viewers per episode. Karen also co-starred in an ensemble cast for two seasons on the hugely popular BBC comedy series "Pixelface" (2011) (produced by Graham Norton's So Television).
Her screen career has continued to flourish, with subsequent work with Robert De Niro in Red Lights (2012), Kevin McDonald and Rodrigo Cortes and with Francis Lawrence in Fox TV's drama "Touch" (2012), written by "Heroes" (2006/II) creator Tim Kring and starring Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Glover. Karen played Kayla Graham in the pilot episode, an aspiring singer who works in a menial job at her local call center in Dublin, Ireland. The one-hour special preview was a huge success and debuted in America to 12.5 million viewers, winning its time slot and making it the second-highest debut for a Fox drama in the past 5 years.
She was also seen in ABC's hit crime drama "Castle" (2009), playing 20-year-old Columbia University student Sara El-Masri. The two-part special gained the highest ratings for the show, and won its time slots for the 18- to 49-year-old demographic.