Since joining the HKRep in 2001, Karrie Tan has taken part in more than 80 productions, many in leading roles. Recent productions include The Office, Ladies, Bon Voyage – a Cabaret, In Times of Turmoil, The Homecoming and Field of Dreams 2017 LIVE+.
In addition, her innovative creations and performances in the HKRep Black Box—Those were the Days, The Labels, A Hollow Room—have earned her much critical acclaim. In 2013, she collaborated with the Radiant Theatre as playwright and director for The Mixed Doubles, which was selected among the Top Ten Most Popular Productions at the Hong Kong Drama Awards the following year. A Giant Cookie, which she wrote and directed, was nominated for Best Script at the 7th Hong Kong Theatre Libre in 2015.
While a student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Tan’s performance in Steel Magnolias already won her Best Supporting Actress (Tragedy/Drama) at the Hong Kong Drama Awards. Later, she received a nomination for Outstanding Actress at the 2nd Hong Kong Theatre Libre for The Labels. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Hong Kong Drama Awards for Love You Forever, Alice in Bed, Death and the Maiden and Whose Wife is it Anyway?, and for Best Supporting Actress for February 14, Hello in There, Noises Off and Die Firma dankt. She was awarded Best Supporting Actress (Tragedy/Drama) for The Professor (2014) and Best Actress (Tragedy/Drama) for Marriage (2016).
In 2009, Tan received a Sir Robert Black Trust Fund Postgraduate Scholarship to study at the Birmingham School of Acting, where she received a Master’s degree in Drama with first class honours. During that time, London’s The Stage praised her as one of the year’s rising stars. Her performances in the United Kingdom included Cressida/Helen of Troy in Troilus and Cressida, the title role in Hedda Gabler and Lesly in The House of Yes. Apart from stage appearances, Tan has appeared in commercials and television programmes. She was also a Cantonese voice artist for Disney in the role of Susan Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.