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Karen Dunbar is a Scottish comedian and entertainer born in Ayr.
She first came to the attention of mainstream audiences in the BBC Scotland comedy series Chewin' the Fat and subsequently was given her own show by the network - The Karen Dunbar Show.
Prior to mainstream success, Karen, an out lesbian, was well known on the Scottish gay scene, including regularly hosting karaoke nights in both Glasgow (on Thursday at the pub 'Sadie Frosts' - pub now known as the euro and no longer a gay bar) and in Edinburgh (on Sunday at 'CC Blooms').
According to the Pink Paper (15 September 2005, page 9) Dunbar married her partner Jennifer in a ceremony in Toronto. They currently live together at a flat in Red Road, in the Barmulloch district of Glasgow.
In 2008, Dunbar will star in the movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance, as well as performing a series of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Karen attended Ayr Academy a secondary school in Ayr.
At Christmas 2007 Karen made her first appearance in Pantomime, at the King's in Glasgow playing Nanny Begood in Sleeping Beauty.
She appeared as a critic on "Britain's Got More Talent" on the 27th May 2008.