Kosha Engler is an actress, voice artist and writer based in London with 20 years of experience.
Kosha - that's an unusual name...
Yes. I'm American, the name is Polish (pronounced KAH-shuh).
How did you end up in the UK?
I fell for a handsome young Englishman on a tour of Hamlet in the USA. Now we're married with two small boys.
what have you been up to?
I'm about to appear in Victoria series 2 on Masterpiece on PBS from 14th January 2018 in the USA. I just played Gertrude, Ophelia, Horatio and Rosencrantz in a three-person, 90 minute Hamlet at the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park directed by Simon Evans (Arturo Ui). More news here.
"Engler is superb in every part" - Radio Times (Hamlet)
"Engler is a mesmerising Ophelia" - Love London Culture (Hamlet)
what else have you done?
My full Spotlight CV is here.
I divide my time between theatre, TV, film, radio, animation, video games, voiceovers and writing. Since 2012 I've been the voice of Maybelline UK. I've won some acting awards and have performed in Emmy and BAFTA winning productions. Before moving to London in 2005 I acted in the Baltimore/ Washington, DC area where I made my television debut in HBO's The Wire, and regularly performed on the finest stages in the region. I got a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland College Park on a full acting scholarship.
You say you write?
Yes, screenplays mostly. My latest is a female-led action/drama feature set on Everest called The Fantasy Ridge. Find out more here.
Represented by Sarah Barnfield at Price Gardner Management
Victoria, series 2
From Sunday 14th January 2018 I will appear in Victoria series 2 on Masterpiece on PBS in the USA. My episodes were directed by Jim Loach. I am thrilled to be part of ITV and Mammoth Screen's highly successful television drama about one of history's greatest monarchs, created and written by Daisy Goodwin starring Jenna Coleman.
Hamlet at The Park Theatre, London
I recently played Gertrude/Ophelia/Horatio/Rosencrantz in a 90-minute three-person version of Shakespeare's Hamlet 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, comedy web series
I play Cassidy opposite Nicola Wren as Suzie in episode "Robbie" of this hilarious new web series by Adam Lavis and Jo Smyth, about the different characters who rent the same East London airbnb. In our episode: New parents Cassidy (me) and Suzie (Nicola) are in London to get their baby Robbie circumcised, but when Suzie has a change of heart, a "reasonable" discussion is in order.
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.'
"A joy to watch" - WhatsOnStage
Sparebnb Episode 5 ROBBIE - 9:24. I play Cassidy with Nicola Wren as Suzie. Written and directed by Adam Lavis.
Dramatic showreel - 4:00. New one coming in October 2017.
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. Highly experienced in video games and motion capture, I've voiced characters in dozens of top titles (full list here). My work also includes animation, TV narration and promos, commercials, ADR, corporates, E-learning, ESL and audio books.
Represented by Hobsons Voices
FURRY WHEELS, a new cartoon series for Disney/Gaumont (in production)
Jessica 2.0 (voice) in THE BEYOND film
HORIZON ZERO DAWN game
PlayStation VR WORLDS: Scavenger's Odyssey game
Voice of Maybelline UK since 2012
Sony, Disney, Google, Cisco, Maybelline, Ch4, Ch5, Unilever, Phillips, Quaker Oats, Vita Coco, Dove, Cetaphil, Ford, Shell, DHL, Zurich, Peak - Brain Training, Kerry
I'm 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.
I've just completed a female-led action/drama feature called The Fantasy Ridge, 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