Chris Karan (born Chrisostomos Karanikis, 14 October 1939, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is a jazz percussionist, primarily a drummer, of Greek descent. He played in Mike Nock's trio in Sydney in the early 1960s. After moving to London in 1962 Karan gained international renown as the drummer in the Dudley Moore Trio; he toured and recorded with Moore for many years, including the Trio's numerous appearances on the TV series Not Only But Also and the soundtrack of the 1967 movie Bedazzled. Their professional association continued until Moore's last major public appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2001. Karan also worked with Roy Budd as a member of the Roy Budd Trio and performed on the Get Carter soundtrack.
In recent years he has worked with Katie Melua, along with putting out CDs of his own. Other than drums he has an interest in various percussion styles of the world and plays the tabla on some albums, having studied the instrument under the renowned Indian master Alla Rakha.