Over the years, Karen has garnered many credits and awards as an actress in both small screen and silver screen roles. She has enjoyed guest starring on numerous television shows such as CBS’s ‘The Inspectors’, and more recently, playing the recurring character of Aberdeen on AMC’s critically-acclaimed historical drama, ‘Turn’. Karen also appeared on hit shows such as ‘Strong Medicine’, ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Saved by The Bell’, ‘Judging Amy’ and ‘Ally McBeal‘, to name a few.
Karen’s list of film credits is impressive as well, but it was her 2015 role of “Miss Clara”, a spicy 80 year-old prayer warrior in the Kendrick Brother’s faith-based film, “War Room”, that really brought her acting to the forefront. For that performance, Karen received a Dove Award and a Movieguide Grace Award, showing that faith-based stories are a strong and growing genre of modern filmography. As a result, Karen has participated in and helped produce other inspirational and faith-based projects, playing “Maxine Waters” in the film ‘God’s Compass’, and co-writing, producing and starring in the powerful film ‘Discarded Things‘.
Karen blends natural talent with the deep desire to do good things with that talent. Consequently, she finds it monumentally important to be involved in the creation and production of thought-provoking and inspirational entertainment for television, big screen and stage. In 2018, Karen formed her own production company, Earth Mother Entertainment (learn more here), with the purpose of positively impacting not only the entertainment industry, but the World.
An absolute lover of live theatre, Karen has received numerous accolades over the years for her live stage performances. Last year she took to the stage again under the direction of Zadia Ife, where she turned out riveting performances in the Off-Broadway production of “Ciao Bella“, a two character drama with music that she wrote and produced. She said that she is still reeling from the experience and is looking forward to her next live stage performance. Karen is currently gearing up to workshop “The Shoe“, a musical that she wrote several years ago and shelved. She recently decided to take off the shelf and produce it. “For so many reasons, this is the perfect time to produce this musical!” says Abercrombie. The story is very loosely based on the children’s nursery rhyme, The Old Woman in The Shoe. Once the show is performance ready, she plans to do a short tour around the country and then take it to New York.