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Casting Directors UK: List, Socials and Contact Information

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Briony Barnett Casting

Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Briony Barnett cast the Olivier nominated play ‘The House That Will Not Stand’.

Her casting work for screen includes feature film What We Did On Our Holiday (2014), TV series Outnumbered and children’s casting for TV series Dickensian, alongside her casting for theatre.

Briony Barnett’s screen credits as Casting Director include:

What We Did On Our Holiday (2014) – Lionsgate Films UK

Briony Barnett’s other screen credits for work in casting include:

Carolyn Bartlett

Carolyn Bartlett CDG is a Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild, who worked extensively in television casting work in the 1980s and 1990s.

Carolyn Bartlett’s screen credits as Casting Director include:

Heather Basten

Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Heather Basten is a part of the CDG’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

She’s also a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA).

Starting in the industry at the BFI’s education department, London-based Heather Basten moved into casting for TV and film more than a decade ago.

As a casting associate, Heather worked with Kharmel Cochrane, and her projects included TV series The End of the F***ing World.

Having been Casting Director for a number of short films, In 2018 she took on her first TV mini-series, for Shortflix.

Since then she has been consistently busy, including TV series Hometown Horror, video game The Complex to dystopian feature film Zero.

She’s worked for many notable directors and producers, including Rob Savage, Oliver Kassman, Charlotte Regan, Abraham Adeyemi and Andrew Cumming.

In 2021, Heather Basten was named as a ‘Star of Tomorrow’ by Screen International.

Heather Basten doesn’t mind actors being proactive and getting in touch with an email.

But include just one headshot, which is a close up of your head and shoulders. Link to your showreel and CV.

Heather Basten’s social media streams also highlight current briefs which may be harder to fulfil.

When talking to Spotlight, Heather Basten says she prefers actors to learn their sides, even if they only get a day’s notice. She believes it enhances what they do in the casting room.

Audition Advice with Casting Director Heather Basten – Spotlight

Ceri Bedingfield

Probationary Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Ceri Bedingfield has worked as a casting assistant for several TV series, including Enterprice and Tin Star.

She’s also worked in casting theatre productions and on a number of feature films including Body of Water (2020) and County Lines (2019).

After drama school, Ceri Bedingfield started running a production company with friends, and from that realised she was interesting in casting productions.

As Ceri Bedingfield told Ash Taba in the full interview below, she’s glad not to have the job insecurity of actors and not be trying for a new job each week, especially as she does not like waiting for things to happen but prefers to be out making things happen.

Over the years she’s worked on commercials and short films, then with Aisha Bywaters she worked on mainly independent film with some BBC and Channel 4 projects. Then she joined Dixie Chassay Casting working on independent films. In 2020 was working for casting director Rachel Freck.

Interviews with Ceri Bedingfield

Audition Room Advice for Actors from Ceri Bedingfield – Ashley Tabatabi
Casting Director Interview | What I’ve Learnt As A Casting Director That I Wish I Knew As An Actress – Ashley Tabatabi

Leila Bertrand

A former actress and graduate of Weber Douglas, Leila Bertrand is a busy London-based Casting Director and Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).

In addition to casting work for film (ID2: Shadwell Army) and TV (Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery), Leila Bertrand also casts for theatre and commercial projects.

She also runs workshops and casting showcases.

Lizzie Bichard Casting

Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild , Lizzie Bichard CDG received a nomination for The Mandy Network’s 2019 UK Casting Director of the Year Award. 

Her credits as Casting Assistant included hit TV series Outlander and feature films Cinderella (2015/16) and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).

As Casting Director, Lizzie Bichard’s credits include the feature film White Chamber (2018), for which Shauna MacDonald won best actress in the Scottish BAFTAs. 

Liz Bichard was Casting Director for award winning Sci-fi horror film ‘White Chamber’.

White Chamber – Official Movie Trailer (2019) – Dark Sky Films

Sarah Bird

Veteran Casting Director Sarah Bird started her career in BBC Radio and Television Drama, and instigated the BBC’s first in-house casting department.

A Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild, Sarah Bird CDG has been casting for TV and film projects since the 1980s. Her casting resume also includes an extensive list of national and West End theatre productions.  

She’s worked on a number of TV series including Hustle, Holby BlueThe Chase and Silent Witness, in addition to feature films, TV movies, TV mini-series and documentaries.

Nancy Bishop, Casting Director

North American Emmy Award Nominated Casting Director Nancy Bishop works internationally from offices in London and Prague. 

Beginning her career as a theatre director, she was artistic director of the Black Box Theatre Company in Prague before moving into the casting profession. She’s a Full Member of CDG (The Casting Directors’ Guild) and a founding member and former head of the European branch of the CSA (Casting Society of America).

Having cast over a hundred projects internationally, her credits include TV series The Romanoffs12 MonkeysCrossing Lines and Missing, and feature films The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), Child 44 (2015), and Little Kingdom (2019).

Nancy Bishop also coaches actors, and is the author of two Bloomsbury titles, Auditioning for Film and TV, and Secrets from the Casting Couch: On-Camera Strategies for Actors from a Casting Director.

She advises actors to enjoy the casting process, and use whatever energy that you have with you on the casting day.

Interviews with Nancy Bishop

Audition Success With Casting Director Nancy Bishop, CSA – Casting Networks (2020)
Audition Success With Casting Director Nancy Bishop, CSA – Casting Networks (2016)
Tips From Casting Directors – Nancy Bishop – Breakdown Services (2016)
Nancy Bishop on the importance of having a showreel – Spotlight (2016)
FEST TRAINING GROUND 2010 – Nancy Bishop, “Casting Direction” (Part 1) = FEST – New Directors, New Films Festival (2010)
ICDN Interviews Nancy Bishop – International Casting Directors Network (4 Nov 2020)
FEST’18 – Interviewing Nancy Bishop – FEST – New Directors, New Films Festival (2018)
SPOTLIGHT ON: Nancy Bishop, CSA – Breakdown Services (2016)
Casting director Nancy Bishop’s Top Tips for Self-Taping – Spotlight (2016)
How to Nail an Audition – Spotlight (2016)

Nicky Bligh, Casting Director

Before branching out as a freelance Casting Director, Nicky Bligh was part of the BBC in-house casting team for seven years.

Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Nicky has built up a strong reputation spotting talent for comedy projects.

Her credits as Casting Director include hit TV series Stath Lets FlatsMrs. Brown’s BoysBad EducationPsychovilleIdeal, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of CrispsGrown Ups, and Extras.

Interviews with Nicky Bligh

In January 2018, Act On This recorded a phone interview with Nicky Bligh, and you can listen to some of this in the video below.

PREVIEW: Nicky Bligh Casting Director LIVE Q&A! – Act On This – The TV Actors’ Network

Claudia Blunt

A Probationary Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), London Casting Associate Claudia Blunt has quickly built up an impressive resume since starting on the TV series Emerald City in 2017. 

Since then she’s worked on feature films The Last Vermeer (2019), Tolkein (2019), several hit TV series such as RivieraOutlander, Into the Badlands, and Versailles, and a number of other projects.

Interview with Claudia Blunt

Hear an hour long interview with Claudia Blunt, Katie Lynch and The Girls Network.

Episode 14 ft. Claudia Blunt, Katie Lynch & The Girls Network – Elisha Applebaum

Francesca Bradley

Francesca Bradley is a Casting Associate at Casting Pictures, run by Priscilla John and Orla Maxwell.

She’s a probationary member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), and has worked as Casting Director on several projects.

As Casting Assistant and then Casting Associate she’s worked on a number of feature films including The Turning (2020), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Logan (2017), The Maze Runner (2014,) Thor: The Dark World (2013) and The Wolverine (2013), in addition to a number of TV series.

Francesca Bradley was casting associate for Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).

Transformers: The Last Knight Official Trailer 1 (2017) – Michael Bay Movie – Movieclips Trailers

Olivia Brittain

Olivia Brittain is a Casting Associate at Jina Jay Casting, and a Probationary Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).

Her credits as Casting Director include several short films and an episode of TV series Into the Badlands.

As a Casting Assistant and Casting Associate she’s worked on feature films including Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), A Private War (2018), Assassin’s Creed (2016) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Pan (2015), Macbeth (2015/16) and The Monuments Men (2014). Her TV series casting credits include TempleBlack Mirror,The Little Drummer Girl, and The Night Manager.

Olivia Brittain worked as Casting Associate on Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – Official Trailer – Sony Pictures Entertainment

Emily Brockmann

A Casting Associate at Lucy Bevan Casting, Emily Brockmann is a probationary member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG). 

Her credits as Casting Director includes the hit TV mini-series A Christmas Carol. As Casting Assistant and Casting Associate she’s worked on feature films Cruella (2021) , Death on the Nile (2021), Artemis Fowl (2020), Dolittle (2020), Cats  (2019) , Christopher Robin  (2018), Ready Player One (2018), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), Our Kind of Traitor (2016), Testament of Youth (2014), and Maleficent (2014). She’s also worked on TV mini-series Collateral.

Emily Brockmann worked as Casting Associate for Cruella (2021)

Disney’s Cruella | Official Trailer – Walt Disney Studios

Jo Buckingham, Casting Director

Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Jo Buckingham was an in-house casting director for BBC Comedy for nine years before launching a freelance business in 2011.

Credits for many years working on hit TV series include DamnedCitizen KhanBoy Meets GirlMiranda, and The Office.

Jo Buckingham on X

Jo Buckingham was Casting Director for BBC comedy TV series The Amelia Gething Complex:

The Amelia Gething Complex, Season One – BBC Official Trailer (2019) – Amelia Gething

Aisha Bywaters

Aisha Bywaters is a London based Casting Director and member of the Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).

Although she expected to work in casting for theatre productions, she enjoyed working for Shaheen Baig on screen productions and stayed as part of her team for six and a half years.

Because Aisha’s mother was an actress, spending several years working for the RSC, she grew up with first hand experience of the financial difficulties actors go through when work dries up. So she completed a Politics degree, and has found that a useful background for some aspects of the casting profession.

Aisha Bywaters’ extensive work across Film, TV, Music Videos and Commercials means she’s worked on everything from feature films A Monster Calls (2016) and The Falling (2014) to hit TV series Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders.

In 2017, Creative England recorded a three minute introduction to Aisha Walters (now Bywaters) and her work.

Creating Authenticity in Casting with Aisha Bywaters – Backstage

In 2020, Backstage recorded an hour long video with casting director Aisha Bywaters.

Creating Authenticity in Casting with Aisha Bywaters – Backstage

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