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Karen Hayley is a British actress and writer who has been published in Velocity, an anthology of contemporary poetry, published by Black Spring Press, and performed with the writers John Cooper Clarke and Suede (band) vocalist Brett Anderson. As a writer, her work has been showcased at The Rotterdam International Poetry Festival (representing Great Britain), and The Netherlands Film Festival,2004
As an actress, she has been a member of the BBC Radio Rep Company, appeared in the film An Ideal Husband , and on the Bafta winning programme Sea Monsters. (series narrator) Other television appearances include Bo' Selecta!, A Bear's Tail, The Armstrong and Miller Show, and regular late night appearances and sketches as a presenter for MTV. She has worked on a podcast with John Oliver (comedian), and Andy Zaltzman for The Sunday Times.
She shared digs with Martin Freeman whilst studying at The Central School of Speech and Drama, whom she later appeared with in the short film Hood Felt Hate. She appeared in the Supergrass video for Mary (Supergrass song), directed by Sophie Muller.