Debbie McWilliams, Casting Director

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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
  •  2017 Stratton
  •  2016/II Billionaire Ransom
  •  2016 The Confessions
  •  2016 Tiger Raid
  •  2015/I Spectre
  •  2014 One Child (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
  •  2014 The Silent Storm
  •  2011-2013 Borgia (TV Series) (24 episodes)
  •  2012 Skyfall
  •  2011 Up There
  •  2010 Jackboots on Whitehall
  •  2010 Centurion
  •  2009 City of Life
  •  2008 Quantum of Solace
  •  2007/I Hitman
  •  2006 Casino Royale
  •  2004 Cortex
  •  2002-2003 Dinotopia (TV Series) (6 episodes)
  •  2002 Capone’s Boys
  •  2002 Dinotopia (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
  •  2001 Revelation
  •  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 Othello
  •  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)
  •  1988 Buster
  •  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
  •  1986 Loyalties
  •  1986 Caravaggio
  •  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
  •  1984 Scandalous
  •  1983 Superman III
  •  1983 Octopussy
  •  1983 The Meaning of Life
  •  1983 Better Late Than Never
  •  1983 The Pirates of Penzance
  •  1982 The Disappearance of Harry (TV Movie)
  •  1982 Moonlighting
  •  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