Casting Directors are probably the most decisive professionals in an actors career. John Boyega became a household name after being cast by Nina Gold for the highest grossing and longest lasting franchise, Star Wars. This list of casting directors are some of the most experienced, desired and successful in the UK. If you have the chance to get into the room from someone on this list…make sure you leave a positive lasting impression.
The Hubbards (Amy Hubbard & Dan Hubbard)
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The Hubbard family has a unique relationship and influence within the film industry in the UK. Watch this video to gain some great advice from Amy Hubbard.
Credits: Homeland, 24, The Hobbit, The Bourne Supremacy, King Kong, 100 streets, Downtown Abbey, Lara Croft, Stoner Express.
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Star Wars, The Theory of Everything and The Martian…Nina Gold is a quite simply on top of the game. Her ability to spot the next Hollywood superstar has been proved on numerous occasions. If you are cast by Nina Gold, your price has probably gone up significantly.
Credits: Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Bridget Jones Baby, The Martian, The Theory of Everything.
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Silent Witness, Top Boy and Run are just some of the projects Andy has cast. BAFTA winning Just William (BBC) was a huge hit and received great acclaim. Now running his own casting agency Andy Brierley Casting, we are excited to see more strong projects from ADC.
Credits: Top Boy, Silent Witness, Stella, Asylum, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards vs Aliens, Cockroaches, Undercover.
Elaine Grainger is one of the friendliest casting directors in the UK. Elaine has cast numerous successful feature films and Netflix films in recent years. Her latest project iBoy was the first all British cast feature film on Netflix.
Credits: The Dark Knight, iBoy, London Has Fallen, Gambit, Clash of the Titans, Jack Ryan.
Julie specialises in the film and television industry. Julie’s ability to spot talent is unquestionable through the success of BAFTA-winning series and a personal favourite of ours Misfits.
Credits: Fortitude, Utopia, War & Peace, Misfits, Bliss, The Titan, Drifters, Vera, Love Matters, Eastenders, Holby City.
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Debbie understands what it takes to be a lead actor in a franchise film ask James Bond… As a casting director in the UK, Debbie often offers advice to actors on what steps they need to take to impress people like herself.
Credits: Skyfall, Casino Royale, Spectre, The Silent Storm, Centurion, Cortex, Hitman, Up There.
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John joined the National Theatre Casting team as an assistant in 1989. Over the years John has worked on some great projects at The Royal Court and The Young Vic to name a few. John is now part of the BBC in-house casting department working on Holby City and The Coroner.
Credits: Silent Witness, Father Brown, The Coroner, Holby City, Dead Boss, Doctors, The Bill.
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Andy Pryor launched Andy Pryor CDG in 1998 and has cast a vast array of exciting diverse projects for BBC, ITV and Sky. Some of those include Emmy-nominated Upstairs Downstairs, Undercover, Life on Mars and much more.
Credits: Doctor Who, Doctor Foster, Class, Undercover, The Interceptor, Banana, Cucumber, Call The Midwife.
(Photo credit: Jill Trevelick)
Emmy nominated casting director Jill Trevellick hit the jackpot with the cast of Downtown Abbey that received global acclaim as one of the UK’s most successful TV series ever.
Credits: Apple Tree Yard, Jamestown, Dickensian, Downtown Abbey, Merlin, The Deep, Exodus.
(Photo credit: Robert Sterne)
A man that participates on both sides of the camera as a casting director and as an actor, Robert Sterne understands the casting process from a unique perspective. Maisie Williams from the HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones is one of the talented kids that Robert has been able to cast.
Credits: Friday Night Dinner, Game of Thrones, London Spy, The World’s End, Threesome.