Karen van der Beek
Gender Female
Date of Birth c. 1972
First Appearance Pilot
Last Appearance Grace
Occupation Architect

(home designer)

Number of episodes 24
Relatives Becca (daughter)
Portrayed by Natascha McElhone

Karen van der Beek is a main character in the whole series of Californication.

the former girlfriend of Hank Moody. They had one daughter, while together, named Becca. Karen left her fiance, Bill at the altar to return to Hank, however they parted again, shortly after.


Before the series[]

During her college years, Karen was taught by Richard Bates.

Karen first met Hank Moody in New York City. The two eventually fell in love, and Karen soon became pregnant, eventually giving birth to their daughter Rebecca.

Season One[]

Season Two[]

Season Three[]

Season Four[]

After discovering that Hank had sex with Mia, Karen is avoiding Hank at all costs, even refusing to allow Hank to see Becca.

Season Five[]

During the three year gap between seasons four and five, Karen had broken up with Ben, and eventually began another relationship with Richard Bates, eventually marrying him.

After returning to LA, Hank immediately visits Karen and Bates at their new home.

Season Six[]

Karen comes to see Hank at the hospital, after he is almost killed in a murder/suicide by Carrie. After feeling guilt, knowing he reduced Carrie to a vegetative state because of her obsession with him, Hank rejects Karen's comfort and goes on to a month of alcoholism.

Karen is next seen at a group meeting with radical feminist Ophelia, being shocked by her views on men, and that Marcy has decided to play along. Hank arrives at the house, once again drunk and beaten up. Later on, Karen, Marcy, Charlie and Becca decide to hold an intervention to try and convince him to go to rehab.

Once outside alone with Hank, Karen tells him to fix himself before its too late for them.

Season Seven[]





  • Hank Moody - Life partner
  • Richard Bates
  • Ben - Ex-Boyfriend