Karen David is a British-Canadian actress, singer and songwriter, who is best known for portraying “Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia” in ABC’s fairytale-themed musical-comedy television series, Galavant, as well as Francesca “Cesca” Montoya in the BBC television series Waterloo Road, and Layla in the American action film The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior. She has recently starred as Angela in the ITV television series Cold Feet and she will soon be seen playing Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine in American fairytale television series Once Upon a Time.
David also starred in Pixelface, a CBBC children’s television series, where she plays Alexia, the glamorous legend hunter.
Here are 5 facts about the Northeast India born actress you need to know!
#1 David Karen was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, India,of what she calls a ” Indian and a sliver of Jewish heritage”.Her father is Indian Jewish and her mother is Khasi.She was raised in Canada and then at age 17, David moved to London to study at the Guildford School of Acting.
#2 Upon finishing drama school, David joined the original cast of the West End musical Mamma Mia!. She made her professional acting debut as part of the ensemble and as understudy of Ali and Lisa. A. R. Rahman, who had been invited to see the show by the director Shekhar Kapur, asked David to assist him and Don Black in the development of the material for the Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams.
#3 David released her first single, “It’s Me (You’re Talking To)”, in 2003, when she was signed to BMG Music. This single was a top 10 airplay hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Later, she collaborated with A. R. Rahman on the main theme song for the film Provoked in 2006
#4 David is active in Designers Against Aids,the SOS Children’s Villages Foundation,and Breast cancer awareness, for which she did a fundraiser fashion show for London Fashion Week at The Dorchester Hotel.
#5 In mid-2013, she married Swedish songwriter and music producer Carl Ryden at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California.
(Image: David Karen’s Facebook page)