Amanda Tabak is a London based Casting Director, owner of Candid Casting, and full member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).
Award winning Casting Director Amanda Tabak launched Candid Casting in 1993, and she still heads the casting company today. It’s one of the UK’s leading full service casting companies, working internationally in film, television, commercials and music video.
A Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Amanada Tabak received awards for Best Casting from the inaugural CDA awards and British Craft Arrows. She’s also worked on projects which won Oscar, BAFTA, BIFA and Emmy awards.
Amanda Tabak has earned a reputation for seeking out diverse new talent and tricky casting.
In 2017 Amanda Tabak was interviewed for BBC news about casting appropriate actors for a role.
She supported Ed Skrien’s withdrawal from the Hellboy role, following allegations of whitewashing, and was pleased that this was an indication that the industry was changing.
Emily Tilelli is a member of the Casting Directors’ Association (CDA) and the Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).
In 2018, she was part of a workshop with the National Youth Film Academy, and gave a quick interview after the event.
When asked about the one piece of advice she’d give to actors, the casting director said that anyone walking into the casting room should do so with confidence, because they’d already made it through the first part of the casting process for that role. She may have considered a thousand or so actors and only picked maybe ten for audition.
Then she went on to say that this was an exciting time for the British film industry, with talented actors, producers, directors, and writers coming through the ranks.
Casting Associate at Sophie Holland Casting, Faye Timby is a probationary member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).
Faye Timby’s film & TV casting credits as casting director include:
Free Fall (Short)
2017 Happiness in Retrospect (Short)
2017 Pegah (Short)
2017 Sparebnb (TV Series) (7 episodes)
2013 Streets in the Sky (Short)
Her film & TV casting credits as casting associate include:
2022 The Magic Flute (casting associate) (filming)
Her film & TV casting credits as casting assistant include:
2019-2021 The Witcher (TV Series) (casting assistant – 16 episodes)
2020 Tin Star (TV Series) (casting assistant – 6 episodes)
In April 2020 Faye Timby was interviewed by Ashley Tabatabai about the #CastingCrushesCorona initiative she devised with Sophie Holland casting.
The hour and a half footage is packed with interesting and useful advice, not least about how hard she had to work to break into the casting industry.
YouTube: Casting Director Interview | Why Your Personality Is Just As Important As Your Performance
The following month, Faye Timby talked to Ashley about the importance of a good agent.
YouTube: The Importance of a Good Agent | Faye Timby
In June 2020, Faye and Ashley discussed the casting process behind Season 1 of Netflix drama The Witcher.
YouTube: Some Insights Into The Casting Of The Witcher With Faye Timby
Then in July 2020 she returned to answer 10 questions.
YouTube: 10 Questions With Faye Timby
Casting Director Nicci Topping
Nicci Topping is more than a leading Casting Director in the UK. She runs workshops and she also blogs so that actors can get the advice they need to succeed.
Nicci Topping Casts For A Wide Range Of Projects
Nicci Topping is a member of the Casting Director’s Association (CDA). She has worked on over a hundred commercials, twelve feature films and a variety of other projects in the past fifteen years. She casts for short films, pop promos, TV dramas, theatre, photographic projects, and voiceovers. While some of her castings demand trained and experienced talent, and often household names, whilst others look to street casting to find the perfect contender for a role.
Nicci set up Topps Casting premises in her native Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and these days also has premises in London and Manchester. She goes wherever the work requires. Casting can be across the UK and further afield.
Nicci Topping Has An Impressive Track Record
Her IMDb listing includes thirty credits as a casting director and a further seven under the casting department. Post Production film Angel 2.0 gives her credit as producer.
Awards and nominations include the British Arrows Craft 2015 nomination for Best Casting alongside Leanne Flinn. This was for the iconic Sport England campaign “This Girl Can”. She also cast for the award-winning music promo Chase & Status featuring Blind Faith and The Resident Evil Ads.
Nicci Topping Casting On Social Media
The Facebook page for Nicci Topping Casting includes links to her blog and interviews with esteemed organisations such as The Stage and Casting Networks. Following the Facebook page is a great way to keep up to date with the advice she gives. Sometimes she gives a shout out when looking for specific skillsets for casting when something unusual is needed.
Nicci Topping’s Twitter feed has some different content on Facebook. For example, the Nicci Topping workshop for Spotlight in conjunction with Actors Guild BG appeared here. Retweets for her work also appear here; they demonstrate the high regard for her work in this competitive profession.
Casting directors often send out the message that they want to give you a chance to book a job with them. Nicci Topping is no exception. Moreover, her constant work engaging with actors through her blog, interviews, and workshops aim to give everyone some preparation advice and encouragement.
With thousands of contenders for each role, it can be hard to get into the audition room. If you are invited to a casting, make the most of the opportunity you are being given.
Nathan Toth is a Probationary Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG) working in London. A Casting Associate at Julie Harkin Casting, his casting experience includes work on TV series I May Destroy You, War of the Worlds, and Fortitude, and feature films The Aeronauts (2019) and Teen Spirit (2018).
Originally from Carlisle, in 2008 he moved to London, where he worked for several fashion publications. In 2011 Nathan joined the agency team at Storm Model Management, before transferring across to become Casting & Creative Assistant at the Donmar Warehouse in 2015. He joined Julie Harkin Casting in 2017.
Nathan Toth’s TV & film credits in the casting department include:
2018 Come Home (TV Series) (casting assistant – 3 episodes)
2018 National Treasure: Kiri (TV Mini-Series) (casting assistant – 4 episodes)
2017 Shamed (TV Movie) (casting assistant)
2017 National Theatre Live: Saint Joan (casting assistant)
Jill Trevellick, Casting Director
Casting Director Jill Trevellick is a UK-based, Emmy-nominated casting director, and full member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).
Notable screen productions that Jill Trevellick has cast include Downton Abbey, Merlin, Primeval, The Muskateers, Jamestown, Sanditon, Curfew, Save Me, and Belgravia.
In 2020, Jill Trevellick was interviewed by Henry from the Cornwall Film Festival.
Sarah Trevis, Casting Director
Sarah Trevis is a Full Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG) and since 2018 has been the Vice President of the Casting Society of America (CSA). In 2019, she sat on the BAFTA jury for their first ever Casting Director’s Award.
Her first feature film credit as Casting Director was for Shallow Grave (1994). She has worked on an extensive range of projects, including the popular television drama series Silent Witness and Lark Rise to Candleford, plus feature films and documentaries.
Having worked alongside Sophie Holland as her Casting Associate on 2 seasons of the 8 part Netflix series ‘The Witcher’, and building on his ten year career in casting, Finnian Tweed is a Casting Director and probationary member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).