I am a radio, film, TV and stage actress. My most recent TV role was that of Mary in the CBBC sitcom, Millie Inbetween. Sketch and character comedy appearances include Lorraine Kelly in the BBC Radio Scotland spoof documentary, PeopleWatch; Louise in BBC2 Sketch Comedy show, Velvet Soup. And I also played a range of different characters – Grainne O’Grady, Mammy, Katie, Donatella Pringle, Eva Vaskova, Mistress MacKenzie – in my BBC Radio Scotland character comedy mini-series, The Shark’s Mouth – and the offshoot of that, my BBC Radio Scotland sitcom, Mistress MacKenzie and Friends, where I wrote and played all the female characters – Mistress Mackenzie, Katie, Madeleine Morningstar, American Doctor, Suzie and Lady B. Both shows were produced by Gus Beattie for The Comedy Unit.

I also appeared in an episode of Taggart as a country and western dancer. I did not at any point end up in a body bag – which was nice.

Film roles include Ellen in the Hollywood feature film, The Best Man; Scarlet Woman in the Hollywood feature film, Joy Division. And a wide variety of shorts including The Hostess in The Hostess (David Lane for Scottish Screen)The Other Woman in The Book Keeper (Mandy Sykes for Scottish Screen); The Teacher in Jason (Mandy Sykes for Scottish Screen) and The Lover in Dream Sequence (Scottish Screen shown at The Filmhouse) Mum in Ladybird (Gordon Napier for Scottish Screen).

 Theatre roles included Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Anna in Stars in the Morning Sky, Ranyevskaia in The Cherry Orchard, The Emcee in Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Geilie Duncan in The Devil’s Craft and Kate & Mrs Tovey in Peter Pan Man. I also recently appeared in a the UK wide smash-hit musical-drama, Sinatra – The Final Curtain where I played Sinatra’s last wife, Barbara.

Here is my lovely film showreel, carefully put together by Roddy Simpson.

I’m also a voice artist, an impressionist and do a wide range of character voices
Voice Artist

Below are a range of reviews, stills and headshots

“I love Mistress MacKenzie; she is my broadcasting hero!”
Janice Forsyth (BBC Radio Scotland Culture Studio)

“Murphy’s amateur radio ham (Mistress MacKenzie) from a remote corner of Scotland is an oddball delight!”
British Comedy Guide

“A great character actress whose comic creations go beyond the one dimensional sketches. They live, and make you laugh and cry.”
The Scotsman 

“Quite an actress and no mean mimic… she has stage-presence, confidence and a whole raft of funny material in her locker.”
One4Review

“A talent for impersonations which is quite outstanding”
Evening News

“Close your eyes and Lorraine Kelly is in the room.”
The Skinny

“The highlight of the evening was Keara Murphy, a genius veering between breathy 40s American actress and bored upper class housewife. Her pièce de résistance, however, involves a remake of the Hitchcock film, Dial M for Murder. Substituting Lorraine Kelly for her American namesake, Grace Kelly. Murphy creates a sidesplitting murder scene featuring a very evil Kirsty Wark and Emu as her accomplice in madness.
She’s Eddie Izzard with less make-up and more Glasgow
and what more could we desire?”
The List

Below are a range of stills and headshots.

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Robert Pereira Hind

Keara Ladybird CloseUpStill from Ladybird by Gordon Napier

Still from Joy Division

Still from Joy Division by Reg Traviss – General Release worldwide and also on BBc2 

Keara in The Birthday Party for Website

Still from The Hostess by David Lane

I was also a regular cast member on the notorious  Lach’s Antihoot Radio Show where I played a wide range of characters each week.  Incarnations have included a radical feminist, an old lady with Tourette’s, a little girl guising at Hallowe’en and a woman giving birth using only a birthing clown for pain relief.

Mistress Mac And Archie Croppped

BBC Radio Scotland Sitcom – Mistress MacKenzie and Friends – Comedy Unit Production. Here she be with her beloved pet flying squirrel, Archie.

Other roles have included Jo Frost from Supernanny, a young male comedian called Snudge doing his first ever gig and many, many regular character appearances as the favoured character, Mistress MacKenziewho you can hear here on BBC Radio Scotland
as part of my character comedy mini-series
The Shark’s Mouth

Mistress MacKenzie now has her own radio show: Mistress MacKenzie and Friends, which was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and produced by The Comedy Unit.

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Robert Pereira Hind

Keara Still from The Best ManStill from The Best Man, by Stefan Schwartz (Shooting Fish) with Amy Smart and Stuart Townsend – General Release worldwide – later on BBC1 

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Still from The Book Keeper, by Mandy Sykes with Gavin Mitchell (Still Game, Rab C Nesbitt, Taggart, Hollyoaks, Monarch of The Glen)

Still from LadyBird Mum and DaughterStill from Ladybird by Gordon Napier


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Keara Still from Training VideoStill from Training Video – A Disgruntled Employee by Forum Interactive

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Robert Pereira Hind

 Voice Artist
I’m also a voice-over artist, an impressionist and do a wide range of character voices…
Voice Artist

” A talent for impersonations which is quite outstanding
Edinburgh Evening News

A veritible comedic jukebox!
The Skinny

Screen Shot Velvet SoupStill from Velvet Soup (BBC2)

The Book Keeper

Still from The Book Keeper

Keara in Velvet Soup with Steve McNicolStill from Velvet Soup with Steve McNicoll

Keara B&W in younger days

Young Blonde Keara (Purely for fun!)

 I also regularly appear with a range of my characters on The Edinburgh Comedy Collective at The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh as well as The Speakeasy at The Netherbow Theatre with a range of stories, short plays and comedy monologues.

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