Brendan McNamara

casting directors

Member of the Casting Directors’ Association (CDA), Brendan McNamara is an award winning Casting Director based in London.

Brendan left his native Ireland to become an actor, and won roles in Warner Bros’ The War of the Buttons and Paramount Pictures’ Angela’s Ashes.

In 1998, he began his casting career at Hubbard Casting, and returned to work there after completing a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies in Trinity College, Dublin.

By May 2007, after freelancing for several other casting teams, Brendan was ready to launch his own casting company. Beach Casting focuses on casting for film, television, commercials, short film and digital content. 

Brendan McNamara won Best Casting for the feature film ‘The Fitzory’ at the inaugural CDA Awards, and won a D&AD Wooden Pencil.

Using his experience of both acting and casting to help actors get the best from their auditions, Brendan wrote It’s the Audition, Stupid!

As Casting Assistant and Casting Associate, Brendan worked on screen projects that included The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show. His credits as Casting Director include –

TV Series:

  • 2017 Bad Mother
  • 2008 The Secret World of Sam King
  • 2005 Taggart

TV Movie:

  • 2014 The Trial


  • 2011 Unlawful Killing

Feature Film:

  • 2017 The Fitzroy
  • 2013 Svengali
  • 2010 Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
  • 2010 Treacle Jr.