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Famous People Named Karen 

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If your name is Karen, then you're in some great company. Here's our list of the most famous people named Karen, including photos when available. How many celebrities named Karen can you think of? The famous Karens below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Karen, athletes named Karen, and even political figures named Karen. The music industry is no stranger to the name Karen, and the same can be said for Hollywood and show business in general.

Which famous people named Karen are worth mentioning? This list includes Karen Gillan, Karen Carpenter, Karen McDougal and Karen O. To read more about these notable people named Karen, click the corresponding row of who you want to learn more about, and additional information will appear.
Karen Gillan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Model, Actor

Age: 31

Birthplace: Inverness, United Kingdom

Karen Sheila Gillan (born 28 November 1987) is a Scottish actress and filmmaker. She played Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the BBC One series Doctor Who (2010–2013). She received ...more

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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Musician, Actor, Drummer

Age: Dec. at 33 (1950-1983)

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who was part of the duo the Carpenters alongside her brother Richard. She was praised for her contralto ...more

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#30 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #5 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #156 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

Karen O is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Musician, Singer

Age: 40

Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

Karen Lee Orzolek (born November 22, 1978), is a South Korean-born American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. She is the lead vocalist for American rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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#469 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #105 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #709 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

Karen Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 74 (1939-2013)

Birthplace: USA, Park Ridge, Illinois

Karen Blanche Black (née Ziegler; July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter. She rose to prominence for her work in various independent ...more

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Karen Mulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Fashion Model, Model, Supermodel

Age: 48

Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Karen Mulder (born 1 June 1970) is a Dutch model and singer. During the 1990s, she was considered a supermodel. In the early 2000s she experienced mental health problems but subsequently ...more
Karen Elson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Fashion Model, Musician, Model

Age: 40

Birthplace: Oldham, United Kingdom

Karen Jill Elson (born 15 January 1979) is an English supermodel and singer-songwriter.

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#571 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #10 of 10 Female Celebrities Whose Careers Took Off After They Dyed Their Hair #9 of 9 Hot Red Head Models

Karen Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Fashion designer, Poet, Songwriter

Age: 67

Birthplace: Carrollton, Illinois, United States of America

Karen Jane Allen (born October 5, 1951) is an American film and stage actress. After making her film debut in Animal House (1978), she became best known for her portrayal of Marion Ravenwood ...more

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#312 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #612 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #11 of 11 Actors Who Bailed On Franchises, Then Came Back Years Later

Karen Duffy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Model, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Karen "Duff" Duffy (born May 23, 1962) is an American writer, model, television personality, and actress. She is a certified hospital chaplain, a former Coney Island Mermaid Queen, one ...more

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Karen David is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Singer-songwriter, Actor

Age: 39

Birthplace: Shillong, India

Karen Shenaz David (born 15 April 1979 or 1980) is an Indo-Canadian actress, singer and songwriter best known for portraying Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia in ABC's ...more
Karen Alexander is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Karen Alexander (born 1946) was an American singer-songwriter who had some success in the 1970s.
Karen Valentine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Actor

Age: 68

Birthplace: USA, California, Sebastopol

Karen Valentine (born May 25, 1947) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as the idealistic schoolteacher Alice Johnson in the ABC comedy drama series Room 222 from 1969 to ...more
Karen Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Musician, Singer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana

Karen Fairchild is a member of the musical group, Little Big Town.

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#67 of 158 The Top Female Country Singers #19 of 52 The Best Country Singers From Georgia #11 of 14 Country Singers with Their Own Fashion Lines

Karen McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Politician

Age: Dec. at 63 (1947-2010)

Birthplace: Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States of America

Karen McCarthy (March 18, 1947 – October 5, 2010) was an American politician. She served as the U.S. Representative for the fifth district of Missouri from 1995 to 2005.

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#118 of 211 200+ Celebrities Who Went to Rehab #6 of 10 Politicians Who Went To Rehab

Karen Hassan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Actor

Age: 37

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

Karen Hassan (born 31 July 1981) is an Northern Irish actress, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. From 2010 until 2013 she played Lynsey Nolan in the main series of Hollyoaks. Her work includes ...more
Karen Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Actor

Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Karen Jarrett (née Smedley and formerly Angle, born October 12, 1972) is an American professional wrestling valet and personality. She was formerly the Senior Vice President of the Impact ...more
Karen Russell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 37

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Karen Russell (born July 10, 1981) is an American novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She was also the ...more

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#209 of 247 The Best Female Authors of All Time #270 of 341 The Greatest American Writers of All Time #111 of 145 The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

Karen Traviss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Novelist, Author, Writer

Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Karen Traviss is a science fiction author from Wiltshire, England. She is the author of the Wess'Har series, and is also known for writing tie-in material based on Star Wars, Gears of War, Halo, ...more

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#184 of 218 The Best Science-Fiction Authors #38 of 62 The Best Ever Female Sci-Fi Authors

Karen Briggs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Violinist

Age: 56

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Karen Briggs may refer to: Karen Briggs (musician) (born 1963), American violinist Karen Briggs (judoka) (born 1963), British judoka

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#66 of 106 The Greatest Violinists of All Time #77 of 106 The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Karen Marie Moning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Karen Marie Moning Novelist

Age: 54

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Karen Marie Moning is an American author. Many of her novels have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List with Shadowfever reaching the number one position on multiple national best ...more

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#54 of 137 The Best Romance Novelists of All Time #16 of 74 The Best Erotic Fiction Writers

Karen Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Karen Blixen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 77 (1885-1962)

Birthplace: Rungsted

Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (born Dinesen; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962) was a Danish author who wrote works in Danish and English. She is best known under her pen names ...more

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Karen Cliche is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Sept-Îles, Canada

Karen Cliche (; born July 22, 1976) is a Canadian actress. She's known for her roles as a regular on the television series Vampire High, Adventure Inc., Mutant X, Young Blades, and Flash
Karen Reyes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Karen

Age: 22

Birthplace: Calapan, Philippines

Karen Mae Reyes is a Filipina actress. On July 7, 2012, she was declared Second Big Placer of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 4. She is a typical teenager in her hometown Calapan, Oriental ...more
Karen Fisher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Karen Dianne Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Karen
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 55

Birthplace: London, Canada

Karen Dianne Baldwin (born September 6, 1963) is a Canadian actress, TV host and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 1982. She is the first Canadian to win the Miss Universe title.