About Karin


Karin Fernald, actor, writer and speaker, has a high reputation as a solo performer on arts and literary subjects.  She researches and writes her own material to create a spell-binding recreation of a character and a historical period, sometimes with PowerPoint  images. She also works with musicians and performers to combine words and music. She has appeared at festivals all over England; on tour in Japan, Australia and Europe, and at the University of Cape Town Summer School. London venues include the National Portrait Gallery, the Foundling Museum, Dr. Johnson’s House and the Hurlingham Club. She is a NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) speaker on  Fanny Burney, Jane Austen,  Queen Victoria, Hans Christian Andersen, Florence Nightingale, and  other   l8th and l9th century writers and correspondents connected with the arts; some are artists themselves.  Extensive researches  into diaries and letters bring  subjects to vivid life. Most recently-researched subjects are Perdita Robinson; poet, actress, fashion icon and first mistress of George lV;  and that unending  source of instruction and fascination, Virginia Woolf.

Karin trained as an actor at RADA and  worked  in  theatre, TV and  radio until branching out with her solo show on Fanny Burney and then turning it into a popular lecture, the first of many.   She  has a distinguished theatrical background, having appeared at  London’s Haymarket theatre with Sir Ralph Richardson, and at the Savoy Theatre  opposite Robert Morley in his hit comedy A GHOST ON TIPTOE. She has  played ISABELLA in MEASURE FOR MEASURE  and MARIANE in TARTUFFE at Stratford, Ontario; SALLY BOWLES in the first production of CABARET outside London, and ELIZABETH BENNET in a nation-wide tour of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.  TV roles include ANNE WILMOT FORSYTE in THE FORSYTE SAGA.  More recently she became  a member of John Calder’s Theatre of Literature, and  has appeared  in Michael Friend Productions  at Leonie Scott Matthews’  well-known Fringe venue, Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead.
In 2010 Karin’s children’s book THE DUMPY PRINCESS, on the childhood of Queen Victoria, was published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and was shortlisted for a YOUNG QUILLS award.. Her  new solo presentation  on Jane Austen’s Juvenilia,  WE FAINTED ALTERNATELY ON THE SOFA, will be performed this September at the Sevenoaks Festival.


“Spellbinding”  Irving Wardle, The Times

“A rivetting interpretation of the diarist Fanny Burney” Daily Telegraph 

“Comic clarity and deft touch … here is an actress of beautiful diction, graceful movement, intelligence and wit” The Stage

“a tour de force” Cheltenham Festival

“Entrancing” Bath Festival of Literature 

“Ebullient and intelligent … an accomplished actress and knowledgeable historian” Newbury Weekly News

“A superlative talk…I was riveted throughout…..and compliment you on the elegantly constructive development..I could have listened for hours” (member of Gravesend DFAS on VIRGINIA WOOLF ON LIFE AND ART)….”An excellent public performer, able to deal with a complex tropic in an engaging and lively way” (Walton and Hersham DFAS) …..”we appreciate your research, vision and presentation skills” (Fife DFAS)