Charlie Karumi was born in the 90’s in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in the tiny satellite neighborhood of Uthiru. He began his education (and had his first crush) at The Genesis Primary School in Uthiru. He later attended the Visa Oshwal Primary School, Westlands before completing his primary education at the White Cottage School in Gachie.
It wasn’t until joining the prestigious Alliance High School that he found his passion for attention the stage when he joined the Alliance High Dramatics Society (DRAMSOC). As a member of the DRAMSOC he participated in several of the club’s Nationals winning plays and served as the club’s English Director in his final year at the school.
After Alliance High, he proceeded to Strathmore University where he pursued a Bachelors Degree in Business Information Technology (BBIT). Concurrently, he trained and performed at The Phoenix Players Theatre. During this period, through a friend, he managed to land a small role on Kenyan drama ‘Changes’, playing child laborer ‘Chuma’, his first ever role on TV. While at The Phoenix, he met Dorothy Ghettuba, CEO of Spielworks Media, and after auditioning for her and her team, he was able to land small roles on various Spielworks Media shows such as ‘Saints’, ‘Lies That Bind’ and ‘Higher Learning’.
On graduating from Strathmore Uni, he landed his first major role as ‘Tony Kazi’ on Maisha Magic drama ‘Jane And Abel’ alongside Kenyan A-Listers such as Lizz Njagah, Brian Ogola, Mumbi Maina, Sarah Hassan and Neville Misati.
After ‘Jane and Abel’, he started his YouTube channel “Chromey“. His first videos were skit- comedy bits inspired by Ray William Johnson’s ‘Equals Three’ Youtube Channel. Later, he transitioned into shooting a Vlog series titled “Charlie’s Day Out” (which you really really should check out). While working on his show (he did everything… writing, camera work, lighting, editing… even makeup), he acquired the passion and skill for production and editing and worked for a period for Spielworks Media as a Film Editor and Digital Content Manager while landing several diverse roles on various productions such as “Just An Outside Shot“, “Burnt Forest“, “Noose of Gold” and “Birthday Wish”.
In 2015, he won the Kalasha Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing ‘Moses’ on Historia Films’ feature “Fundimentals“.
In the same year, he branched into TV presenting, participating in KTN’s TV talent search competition “The Presenter- Season 2” making it into the competition’s final stages. He also hosted Ngoma TV‘s web-show “Real Talk“.
In 2016, he participated in another TV Presenter talent search competition; TLC’s Next Great Presenter. He performed remarkably well on the Africa-wide search, making it into the finals and emerging as the 2nd Runners Up.