Karen David

David in 2016, photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Karen Shenaz David

Place of Birth: Shillong, Meghalaya, India

Date of Birth: 15 April, 1979/1980

*Indian Jewish (father)
*Khasi-Chinese (mother)

Karen David is a British and Canadian actress, singer, and songwriter. Her roles include the shows Waterloo Road, Galavant, Once Upon a Time, Cold Feet, Legacies, and Fear the Walking Dead, and the films The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, Red Lights, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Karen was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Her father is Indian Jewish. Her mother is Khasi, an indigenous ethnic group in India. She was raised in Canada, and moved to London, England, when she was seventeen. Karen is married to Swedish songwriter and music producer Carl Ryden.

Karen has stated:

When I go into castings people always ask me what I am. I have a bit of a tossed salad of a background. My dad is Indian Jewish – hence why my name is Karen David – and my mother is Chinese but we are part of a Himalayan tribe which is a matriarchal society called the Khasi people. I grew up in Canada and England and I feel so blessed to have the perspective from both sides of the pond.


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    Her mother is also chinese

  2. uhmmm says:

    well she looks indian, with a bit of chinese

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