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The Incomparable Karl Hicks

Published March 4th, 2012

I have this friend, Karl. Well, he’s more like the younger brother I never had. I over-zealously look out for him and undoubtedly take it too far at times but he makes me laugh and I see bags of potential in him.



Enough of the soppy stuff, Karl is an actor. A good one too. After leaving acting for a couple of years at the end of his teens through the pursuit of an income and a little lack of confidence, Karl decided to throw himself back in the ring. He went for an audition at Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre for a part in a production called Privates on Parade - a World War I comedy. Karl more than held his own in a cast of just 5 and it led to further roles at the Royalty. Notably his winning comedic performance in Improbable Fiction where he single-handedly held the audience’s laughter and attention; Journey’s End in which the audience were literally hanging on his breath; and most recently a scintillating production of Jon Godber’s Bouncers performed in-the-round.



All of this acting has spurned Karl on to pursue greater things. Some of which he has already started to achieve; some of which he will achieve in the future. The lad’s destined for big things.



Prior to his revived pursuit of acting, Karl came to me to get his photo taken for a portfolio, which his agency uses to get him work. With a smile on his face and all the outlandishness of a true camped-up exhibitionist, Karl donned mask after outfit after handbag after make-up and flounced his way around my house striking far too many poses for a lad from the pit villages.



He has the nerve to stand in front of the camera and say, ‘you’re capturing my personas here, not just my image’ and he portrays those personas with real conviction, unafraid to give the lens some attitude.



Absolutely belting! Take a look.

Matrix Karl

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Blue Karl

  • July 5th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/4 / 1/250 sec
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Mean Karl

  • July 5th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 105mm / f/4 / 1/200 sec

Karl Profile

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Confused Karl

  • July 5th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/4 / 1/320 sec
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Standard Karl

Ta-dah! Karl

  • July 5th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 65mm / f/5 / 1/200 sec
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Karl

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Mature Karl

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 55mm / f/5.6 / 1/100 sec
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Funny Face Karl

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 47mm / f/5.6 / 1/80 sec
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Handsome Karl

Worried Karl

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 105mm / f/4 / 1/100 sec
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Karl's Eyes

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 73mm / f/5.6 / 1/125 sec

Karl's T-Shirt

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 65mm / f/4 / 1/60 sec

Portrait of Karl

Face of Karl

Those Glasses

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/4.5 / 1/50 sec
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Acting Karl

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 105mm / f/4.5 / 1/100 sec
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Maori Karl

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 65mm / f/6.3 / 1/160 sec
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Suspicious Karl

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 28mm / f/5.6 / 1/80 sec
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Teethy Kar

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 47mm / f/5 / 1/80 sec
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Kid Karl

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Worried B&W Karl

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Is this the same photo again?!

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 105mm / f/4 / 1/100 sec
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Close Karl

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 105mm / f/4.5 / 1/100 sec

Chillaxed Karl

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 55mm / f/5.6 / 1/100 sec
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Karl's Coat

  • November 19th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 58mm / f/4 / 1/10 sec

Death of Batman

  • August 14th, 2008
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 105mm / f/4.5 / 1/10 sec

Ready to Change

The T-Shirt

  • August 14th, 2008
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 80mm / f/4 / 1/15 sec
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The Joker's Knife

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The Batman

Batman's Eye

  • August 14th, 2008
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 105mm / f/4 / 1/20 sec
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Faded Joker

The Joker's Stare

  • August 14th, 2008
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 105mm / f/4 / 1/30 sec

Defeat of Batman

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