Beata Harju is a Finnish-born and New York -trained actress and filmmaker. This is her performer website. Beata’s first stage role was playing Casper in her middle school production of Thorbjørn Egner’s When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town in Helsinki, Finland. She made her national theatre debut as Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (dir. Piotrek Cholozdinski), followed by Jane in August: Osage County (dir. Joakim Groth) at Svenska Teatern, the National Swedish Theatre of Finland. Beata has also portrayed Lulu in Cabaret, and performed in Hip H’Opera, the Finnish National Opera’s hiphop remake of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.
Some of Beata’s recent film work include playing the office newcomer, Cathy, in Nicole Franklin’s debut feature Title VII (2017), and a supporting role in the Investigation Discovery’s episodic Betrayed (dir. Yoram Astrakhan). In 2014 Beata gave her voice to the Mymble in the Finnish and Swedish versions of the animation film Moomins on the Riviera, based on Tove Jansson’s famous comic books from the 1950’s. She has also starred in a Duran Duran’s music video Safe (In the heat of the moment). An alumn of Sarah Lawrence College and the Professional Performing Arts School in New York, Beata has studied singing at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory of Helsinki and improv comedy at the Groundlings in LA, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the Magnet Theatre in New York City. For Beata’s recent filmmaking projects, head over to the Handle Productions website. Her filmmaking work include co-writing the animation feature Moomins on the Riviera, producing, co-writing and acting in the award-winning comedy short Catcalling Virgin, and screenwriting for an upcoming animation show (TBA 2018). She is currently training and auditioning in Los Angeles, represented by Saint Agency, and getting her MFA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute Conservatory.