Stephanie MacLean, formerly known as Stephanie Rodrigues, joined the casting profession more than a decade ago, and is a probationary member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).
Assisting established casting directors such as Sarah Crowe and Rebecca Wright CDG for companies including BBC, C4, SKY, ITV, Stephanie’s credits include:
2019 Wild Bill
2017 No Offence
2013 Count Arthur Strong
2015 Fungus the Bogeyman
2014 The Great Fire
2018 Killer Weekend
2013 Alan Partridge
Tamsyn Manson is a Casting Associate at Reg Poerscout-Edgerton Casting. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Theatre Technical Arts from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and is a probationary Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).
As Casting Associate, she’s worked on Cinderella (2021), The Eternals (2021) and The King’s Man (2021)
Previously, Tamsyn gained credits as Casting Assistant on screen productions which include
2019 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 2019 Men in Black: International 2019 Rocketman 2018 The Commuter (casting assistant) 2017 The Man Who Invented Christmas (casting associate) 2017 Crooked House (casting assistant) 2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle (casting assistant) 2017 55 Steps TV Series:
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance 2017 Broken (TV Mini-Series)
2018 Watership Down
With more than a decade of casting experience, much of it as Karen Goddard, Karen Maxwell has worked as Casting Assistant and Casting Director on some of the UK’s best known TV and film projects.
These include award nominated TV Movie Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, TV series Da Vinci’s Demons, TV mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, and feature films The Wolverine (2013), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and Nativity! (2009).
London based Karen Maxwell is a probationary member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).
Orla Maxwell, Casting Director
Orla Maxwell has worked with Priscilla John for more than 20 years, casting UK and international screen projects. Their company Casting Pictures was launched in October 2019. They are supported by Casting Associates Francesca Bradley and Andreya Lynham at Casting Pictures.
Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Orla Maxwell’s recent work includes TV shows for Netflix (The Stranger), Warner Horizon/SyFy (Krypton S1 & S2), and Amazon (The Dark Tower), independent feature film Red Joan, and Paramount’s feature film Infinite.
Andy Pryor and Ri McDaid-Wren’s work on hit BBC TV series Years and Years earned them a nomination for the 2020 CDG (Casting Directors Guild) Award for Best Casting in a Television Drama, sponsored by United Artists.
Ri McDaid-Wren worked on Channel 4 series It’s a Sin, launched in January 2021. The Russell T Davies TV show starring Olly Alexander quickly became:
All 4’s biggest ever instant box set
Most binged new series ever
All 4’s biggest ever drama launch
Ri McDaid-Wren’s casting credits for film and TV includes:
Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (casting associate uk) (post-production)
2019-2021 Gentleman Jack (TV Series) (casting associate – 16 episodes)
2021 It’s a Sin (TV Mini-Series) (casting associate – 5 episodes)
The A Word (TV Series) (casting associate – 12 episodes, 2017 – 2020) (casting assistant – 6 episodes, 2016)
Doctor Who (TV Series) (casting associate – 25 episodes, 2016 – 2020) (casting assistant – 25 episodes, 2014 – 2015)
2012 Eternal Law (TV Series) (casting assistant – 6 episodes)
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 –
2017 Bad Mother
2008 The Secret World of Sam King
2014 The Trial
2011 Unlawful Killing
2017 The Fitzroy
2010 Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
2010 Treacle Jr.
Full Member of the CDG (Casting Directors’ Guild) and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), Sooki McShane has run Jenkins McShane Casting with another London based casting director, Lucy Jenkins, for more than a decade.
Together they have cast more than a hundred plays, including many in London’s West End. The short films they’ve cast includes The Confession, directed by Tanel Toom and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2011. They have also cast numerous feature films and TV series.
Debbie McWilliams started her casting career back in 1980, after completing an arts degree and secretarial college. By chance, she saw a newspaper advert for a theatre secretary, working at the Royal Court Theatre for the casting director. Even as a child she knew she’d love to work in the theatre world, but not as an actress, so felt immediately at home at the Royal Court Theatre. Her move into casting for screen happened by a series of happenstance and building up good contacts. From there she built up the experience, instinct and knowledge to pick the right actors for each role.
Over the years she has worked on some legendary TV shows and movies, including more than a dozen Bond films, and watched the industry change significantly.
Hear Debbie McWilliams in an interview with the Cornwall Film Fest Mor Media Charity. She laments how the casting profession used to be a lot of fun, but today everyone takes everything very seriously, and email boxes require a substantial amount of effort just to wade through the high volume of messages.
Debbie McWilliams’ screen credits as casting director include:
The Captive Heart (pre-production)
The Amazing Maurice (filming)
A Christmas Number One (post-production)
2021 No Time to Die (completed)
2020 The Rhythm Section
2019 Iron Sky: The Coming Race (casting by)
2018 Robin Hood
2017 Knightfall (TV Series) (4 episodes)
2017/I The Foreigner (casting by)
2017 Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
2016/II Billionaire Ransom
2016 The Confessions
2016 Tiger Raid
2014 One Child (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
2014 The Silent Storm
2011-2013 Borgia (TV Series) (24 episodes)
2011 Up There
2010 Jackboots on Whitehall
2009 City of Life
2008 Quantum of Solace
2006 Casino Royale
2002-2003 Dinotopia (TV Series) (6 episodes)
2002 Capone’s Boys
2002 Dinotopia (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
2001 Barnie et ses petites contrariétés
1999 The Alchemists (TV Movie)
1999 The World Is Not Enough
1999 Let Them Eat Cake (TV Series) (6 episodes)
1998 Only Love (TV Movie)
1997 Beyond Fear (TV Movie)
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies
1996 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (8 episodes)
1995 GoldenEye (casting)
1993 Spender (TV Series) (1 episode)
1991 The Storyteller: Greek Myths (TV Mini Series) (2 episodes)
1990 The Garden (as Debbie MacWilliams)
1990 Fools of Fortune
1990 Inspector Morse (TV Series) (2 episodes)
1989 Henry V
1989 The Jim Henson Hour (TV Series) (1 episode)
1989 Danny the Champion of the World (TV Movie)
1987-1988 The Storyteller (TV Series) (9 episodes)
1988 Codename: Kyril (TV Mini Series) (4 episodes)
1987 Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
1987 The Living Daylights
1987 A Prayer for the Dying
1987 Prick Up Your Ears
1987 Personal Services
1985 The Last Place on Earth (TV Mini Series) (7 episodes)
1985 My Beautiful Laundrette
1985 A View to a Kill
1984 A Private Function
1984 The Inside Man
1984 Finders Keepers
1984 Success Is the Best Revenge
1984 The Bounty
1983 Superman III
1983 The Meaning of Life
1983 Better Late Than Never
1983 The Pirates of Penzance
1982 The Disappearance of Harry (TV Movie)
1981 Shock Treatment (casting: UK)
1981 An American Werewolf in London
1981 Dragonslayer (as Deborah McWilliams)
1981 For Your Eyes Only (as Deborah McWilliams)
1980 Hawk the Slayer
Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Jemima McWilliams represented actors at Curtis Brown Group Ltd before working for casting director Debbie McWilliams in 2014.
In this two hour interview with Ashley Tabatabai, casting director Jemima McWilliams talks about what casting directors like to see from actors, and her recent work on Bond Movie ‘No Time to Die’.
2014 One Child (TV Mini Series) (casting assistant – 3 episodes)
Nikki Meadows, Casting Director
Full Member of the CDA (Casting Directors’ Guild), CDA (Casting Directors Association), and BAFTA, Nikki Meadows has a wealth of experience in casting major brand commercials, online content, BAFTA winning TV broadcast documentary dramas and short films.
The Brighton and London based casting director is also internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Courteney Pine’s manager.
Hear Nikki Meadows talk about the casting process in this 1 hour 40 minute video with Ashley Tabatabai. She explains how she likes to give actors three or four days to get self tapes back, so they have time to work on them and give their best possible performance.
The IMDb credits as casting director for Nikki Meadows include:
The Lost Pirate Kingdom (TV Series documentary) (6 episodes)
2021 Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley (TV Movie documentary)
2020 Memories Christmas Film (Short)
2020 Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster (TV Series) (3 episodes)
2020 That Girl, Peugeot (Short)
2019 Spy Wars (TV Series documentary) (8 episodes)
2019 Patrick Swayze: Ghosts & Demons (TV Movie)
2019 Tell Me Who I Am (Documentary)
2019 Eyewitness: D-Day (Documentary)
2018 Mariah: The Diva, the Demons, the Drama (TV Movie)
2018 How to Catch a Serial Killer (TV Movie documentary)
2018 Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (TV Movie documentary)
2017 Lord Lucan: My Husband, the Truth (TV Movie documentary)
A full member of the CDG (Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland),
Stephen Moore is Casting Director at BBC Studios, working on some of the country’s most popular TV series.