Karen Dunbar is a Scottish comedian and entertainer born in Ayr.
She first came to the attention of mainstream audiences in the BBC Scotland
comedy series Chewin' the Fat
and subsequently was given her own show by the network - The Karen Dunbar Show
Prior to mainstream success, Karen, an out lesbian, was well known on the Scottish gay scene, including regularly hosting karaoke nights in both Glasgow and in Edinburgh.
In Christmas 2007 Karen made her first appearance in pantomime
, at the King's Theatre in Glasgow, playing Nanny Begood in Sleeping Beauty.
She appeared as a critic on "Britain's Got More Talent" on the 27th May 2008.
In 2008, Dunbar will star in the movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance, as well as performing a series of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Celebrated as a comic actor, she also tackles serious roles, most notably to date her performance in the poetic monologue A Drunk Woman Looks at the Thistle adapted by Denise Mina from Hugh MacDiarmid's poem A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle.
According to the Pink Paper (15 September 2005, page 9) Dunbar married her partner Jennifer in a ceremony in Toronto. They currently live together at a flat in Red Road, in the Barmulloch district of Glasgow.
Dunbar attended Ayr Academy
, a secondary school in Ayr