Kosha Engler is an actress, voiceover artist and writer based in London with 20 years of experience on stage and screen.
Kosha - that's an unusual name...
Yes. It's Polish (pronounced KAH-shuh), I'm American. I have European roots, but really my mom and dad named me after a waitress they liked. I will never find a keyring with my name on it. Your smartphone will probably autocorrect it to 'Kosher.' I am often mistaken for roasted buckwheat (Kasha). C'est la vie.
How did you end up in the UK?
Love. I was playing Queen Katherine Howard at the Maryland Renaissance Festival where I met a young Englishman on a tour of Hamlet with Cambridge University. I was 17, he was 19, his name was Benet. We're now married, live in London and have two boys who speak with little English accents. In August 2017 Benet, his father Gyles and I will be performing our own Hamlet at the Park Theatre directed by Simon Evans (Arturo Ui, Donmar).
what have you been up to?
I've completed filming for two episodes of a successful ITV drama (series 2). My other news is here, my Spotlight CV is here. I divide my time between theatre, TV, film, radio, video games, animation, voiceovers and writing. 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. I've recently completed 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
ITV Drama, series 2
I'm currently shooting three episodes for a hugely successful drama series for ITV, which is likely to be released in autumn 2017.
Hamlet at The Park Theatre, London
This summer I'll be appearing in an exciting new take on Shakespeare's Hamlet with my husband Benet Brandreth and my father-in-law Gyles Brandreth at The Park Theatre, Finsbury Park. Directed by Simon Evans (Arturo Ui Donmar Warehouse) and edited by Imogen Bond down to a blistering 90 minutes - this is Hamlet stripped to its core. A family gathering - haunted, claustrophobic, intense. 22nd August - 16th September 2017. BOOK NOW.
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
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