Kosha Engler is an actress, voice artist and writer based in London.
I moved to London in 2005 from Maryland, USA to marry a British guy. We’re still married and have two little boys called Cornelius and Atticus.
In February 2018 I will appear in the hit drama Victoria (season 2) on PBS Masterpiece. I just finished a three-person Hamlet directed by Simon Evans and David Aula at the Park Theatre in which I played Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Horatio to sold-out houses. A few years ago I got a Best Actress Nomination from the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for my performance in Oleanna directed by Iqbal Khan. I also played Pat Collins opposite Andrew Lincoln (Walking Dead) in the Emmy-nominated TV movie Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11.
I’ve been the voice of Maybelline UK since 2012 and you can hear me as sassy elephant Suzy and 20 more kooky characters in the Disney/Gaumont cartoon series Furiki Wheels out in 2018. I get to voice badass military women and A.I. characters regularly in video games, often doing motion capture as well. Latest games are Star Wars Battlefront II, Horizon Zero Dawn and Kasandra in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 but I’m probably best known as Claire in Crytek’s Crysis 3.
I started my career in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area where I made my TV debut in HBO’s The Wire and appeared in Disney's Tuck Everlasting. I regularly acted on stage at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, The Studio Theatre and The Kennedy Center. I trained at the University of Maryland College Park where I got a BA in Theatre on a full performing arts scholarship. Before that I graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland receiving the theatre and choral medals for outstanding achievement.
I also write screenplays. My latest feature is a female-led action drama set on Everest called The Fantasy Ridge. It’s a Final Draft Big Break 2017 Top 10 Finalist out of 7000+ entries.
P.S. If you’re wondering how to pronounce my name, it’s KAH-shuh or /ˈkɒʃə/ for those who like the International Phonetic Alphabet. My parents (American) met a friendly waitress called Kasia (Polish) and named their first and only child after her, then changed the spelling. "To make it easier."
Furiki Wheels, Disney TV cartoon series
I voice sassy elephant Suzy, goth sheep Francine and a host of other characters in this new animated comedy about Andre Furiki (played by Kyle Soller) a sloth with a need for speed by Disney and Gaumont. Coming soon in 2018.
The Man with the Iron Heart (HHhH), film
I will appear with Jason Clarke in this WWII thriller directed by Cédric Jimenez for Legende, based on Laurent Binet's novel HHhH. Set in Prague, 1942, the film focuses on operation Anthropoid: the assassination of ruthless Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the SS, the Gestapo and architect of the 'Final Solution.'
Home Alone, true crime TV series, Discovery
In November 2017 I played protective mother Teresa Reeves in Home Alone: 'Silent Night, Holy Terror' Directed by Jim Greayer for October Films, broadcast on Investigation Discovery, USA. Cast includes Ellie Goffe, Amy Bowden and Ian Davies.
Hamlet at The Park Theatre, London
I recently played Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Horatio in a 90-minute three-person version of Shakespeare's Hamlet to sold-out houses with my husband Benet Brandreth and father-in-law Gyles Brandreth at The Park Theatre, Finsbury Park. Directed by Simon Evans and David Aula, edited by Imogen Bond.
"Engler is superb in every part" - Radio Times
"Engler, amazingly versatile" - The Spectator
"Engler is a mesmerising Ophelia" - London Love Culture
SPARE BNB, award-winning comedy web series
I play exhausted new mom Cassidy in episode "Robbie" of this comedy web series by Jo Smyth and BAFTA Rocliffe winner Adam Lavis about the different characters who rent the same East London airbnb. In our episode: New parents Cassidy (me) and Suzie (Nicola Wren) are in London to get their baby Robbie circumcised, but when Suzie has a change of heart, a "reasonable" discussion is in order.
"A joy to watch" - WhatsOnStage
I bring 20 years of acting experience, a musical background in singing and piano, as well as many years as a copywriter to my voice work. Originally from Maryland, USA my native accent is American and my RP is excellent after being a Londoner for 12 years. I'm a strong sight reader and I work fast. I regularly voice and do motion capture for top video games as well as animation, TV narration and promos, commercials, ADR, corporates, E-learning, ESL and audio books.
Represented by Hobsons Voices
Kasandra in XENOBLADE CHRONICLES 2
FURIKI WHEELS, a new Disney/Gaumount cartoon series airing soon
Jessica 2.0 (voice) in THE BEYOND film
Voice of Maybelline UK since 2012
Sony, Disney, Google, Cisco, Gap, Maybelline, Ch4, Ch5, Unilever, Phillips, Quaker Oats, Vita Coco, Dove, Cetaphil, Ford, Shell, DHL, Zurich, Peak - Brain Training, Kerry
I am an emerging script writer supported by 20 years as an award-winning actress on stage and screen, and many years as a copywriter. Having read and performed hundreds of scripts I have a well-honed sense of drama, stakes and pace. I'm a natural collaborator and thrive in a team. I'm interested in strong female characters and drawn to themes of ambition and being an outsider.
My latest project is an action/drama feature called The Fantasy Ridge, which is a 2017 Final Draft Big Break Top 10 Finalist. It's about an estranged sister and brother who attempt to climb the last unconquered route to Everest's summit -- the one that killed their father. The story is fiction, the place is real. Legendary explorer George Mallory said the route is so impossible it can be climbed only in the imagination. To date, all attempts have failed. The script has already had interest from producers.
My short script Black Lotus was a finalist in The Impact 50 project, and two of my other scripts have been shortlisted in competitions. Judgment Day, a one act play I wrote and performed, will be published in Dramatic Shorts: Volume 3.
Writing courses include:
- London Screenwriters' Festival 2016, 2015 and 2014
- The ProSeries at ScreenwritingU.com, a six-month intensive, online professional screenwriting program completed in 2013
- Women in Film and Television UK talks and workshops, ongoing
- Complete Creative Writing Course, the Original and Intermediate course, each six weeks, led by Maggie Hammand at the Groucho Club, London