Karis was born and bred in South London, England
At 18 months old, she was diagnosed with Congenial Hip Dysplasia of the left hip and admitted to Westminster Children’s Hospital where she lived with her mum and spent the following 18 months undergoing numerous corrective operations and treatment. As her condition began to improve, she spent the following year as an outpatient until she learnt to walk again. Aged 3 yrs it was advised that Karis take up swimming lessons and Ballet to help her regain the strength in her legs and improve her co-ordination. It was here that Karis' life within the arts began.......
She went on to attend the Balham School of Dance under the teaching of Miss Jean Shrimpton and at 10yrs old went on to attend The Betty Wivell Academy of Performing Arts in South West London
At the BWA Karis continued to improve, training in Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz gaining her ISTD Intermediate Ballet Award and Major ISTD Modern and Tap Examinations. At the same time Karis attended Drama classes gaining her LAMDA Acting and Speaking of Verse and Prose awards as well as attending Script Reading classes at The Harris Agency, Wembley Park. She was involved in dance festivals, drama competitions, charity events, BWA productions as well as performing in shows at the London Palladium and Her Majesty’s Theatre, West End.
It was the high standard of training that Karis received at the BWA that helped her gain a place to train professionally in 2002 at LONDON STUDIO CENTRE on a 3yr Musical Theatre course.
Karis graduated from LSC in 2005 with a BA HONS in Music Theatre (2:1) and a LSC Diploma with Distinction.
Since graduation, Karis has been working in the entertainment industry as a professional performer in the UK, Europe and Asia. Her work has taken her right across the board from theatre and stage shows to television, commercials, film and radio.
Karis is currently represented by Simon & How Associates and Vocal Point for audio work
It’s been a really busy year and she can’t wait to see what the rest of 2016 will bring!
Westminster Children's Hospital (1985-87)
Karis' first role as the Virgin Mary (aged 4yrs) in the nursery nativity.....'in the moment'