Karen Shenaz David (born April 15, 1979), is a Canadian-British actress, singer and songwriter, who is best known for portraying Francesca "Cesca" Montoya in the BBC television series, Waterloo Road, and Layla in the American action film, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior.
David also starred in Pixelface, a CBBC children's television series, where she plays Alexia, the glamorous legend hunter.
She made one appearance as Kayla Graham in the Fox television series Touch, with Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Glover. She performed "Three Little Birds", as Graham in the show, which was then released as a soundtrack single, with Wendy & Lisa, on iTunes by 20th Century Fox TV Records on February 28, 2012.
David has recently appeared in a two-part storyline in ABC TV series, Castle, as Sara El-Masri. The episodes aired on February 18th and 25th, in the USA.
At age 17, David won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied jazz and gospel. It was here that she discovered a flair for songwriting. A few years later, David moved to London to study at the Guildford School of Acting.
On January 18, 2013, David was injured whilst filming an episode for the fifth season of ABC series, Castle. She was injured along with a stuntman when the door to the moving van she was in failed to close properly; David was released from hospital later on, though still with "serious pain" and needing to wear a neck brace, while the stuntman sustained serious head injuries.
David appeared in the first episode of a two-part story arc, 'Target', on ABC TV series, Castle, as Sara El-Masri, on February 18, 2013, in the USA. As stated by Examiner, the ratings for this episode took a huge leap and won the time slot with 9.6 million viewers. It also claimed the title of the most watched drama overall on a Monday night. David also appeared in the second episode of this two-part storyline, on February 25, 2013, in the USA. The fifth season of Castle is due to begin airing in the UK on March 20, 2013.
David will next be seen on our screens in December, 2013. She has landed a cameo in the new Jack Ryan movie, alongside the likes of Keira Knightley, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and Colm Feore. David will be playing Penn, an FBI Agent; in order to prepare for this role, David was provided with firearms weapon training. Jack Ryan is due for release in the USA on December 25, 2013, and in the UK on December 26, 2013.