Nominations Announced for the Second CDG Casting Awards

The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG) in partnership with Spotlight is pleased to announce the nominations for its second CDG Casting Awards, which will take place on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at Ham Yard Hotel London. This year’s event will feature six award categories: Best Theatre, Best Musical, Best Film, Best TV Drama, Best TV Comedy, Best Commercial. The CDG and Spotlight would like to welcome for the first time, headline sponsors Identity Agency Group.

We are delighted to present our second year of the CDG Casting Awards – the first of their kind in the UK to celebrate the expertise and significant casting achievements across Film, TV, Theatre and Commercials. The categories have been expanded this year to widen the genres, and as the nominations indicate, the calibre is exceptional. We were thrilled at the news last year that BAFTA has introduced a category for casting in both their film and television Awards and look forward to their debut appearance in this year’s ceremonies.
Victor Jenkins
Chair of the Casting Directors' Guild

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a Theatre production sponsored by Independent Talent Group

  • Amy Ball for Sweat (Donmar Warehouse)
  • Stuart Burt and Julia Horan for Pinter at the Pinter Season (Harold Pinter Theatre)
  • Isabella Odoffin for Small Island (National Theatre)
  • Robert Sterne for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bridge Theatre)
  • Charlotte Sutton for Death of a Salesman (Young Vic)

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in Musical Theatre sponsored by LW Theatres

  • Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher; Casting Assistant Katherine Skene for Come from Away (The Abbey Dublin and The Phoenix Theatre)
  • Will Burton (UK Casting) for Evita (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
  • Alastair Coomer and Charlotte Sutton for Company (Gielgud Theatre)
  • Stephen Crockett and David Grindrod for Waitress (Adelphi Theatre)
  • David Grindrod for Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse)
  • Sam Jones for Wise Children (The Old Vic)

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a TV Drama sponsored by United Agents

  • Suzanne Crowley and Gilly Poole for Killing Eve Series 2 (BBC1)
  • Nina Gold and Robert Sterne for Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic in association with HBO)
  • Sam Jones for Black Earth Rising (BBC2 and Netflix)
  • Kate Rhodes James and Daniel Edwards; Casting Associate Gordon Cowell for Line of Duty 5 (BBC1)
  • Kate Rhodes James for The Long Song (BBC1)
  •  Andy Pryor; Casting Associate Ri McDaid-Wren for Years and Years (BBC1)

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a TV Comedy sponsored by Hamilton Hodell

  • Nicky Bligh for Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4)
  • Lauren Evans for Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Tracey Gillham for After Life Series 1 (Netflix)
  • Tracey Gillham for Catastrophe Series 4 (Channel 4)
  • Kelly Valentine Hendry; Casting Associate Alex Irwin for Ghosts (BBC1)
  • Fiona Weir and Alice Searby; Casting Associate Sarah Wilson for Brassic (Sky One)

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a Film

  • Kahleen Crawford for Only You
  • Kahleen Crawford for Wild Rose
  • Jina Jay; Casting Associate Olivia Brittain for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • Reg Poerscout-Edgerton for Rocketman
  • Andy Pryor; Casting Associate Ri McDaid-Wren for Stan & Ollie

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a Commercial

  • Claire Catterson, Kharmel Cochrane, Sasha Robertson, Jessica Ronane and Nicci Topping for John Lewis 2018 Christmas ‘The Boy and the Piano’
  • Martin Gibbons for McCain ‘Differences’
  • Martin Gibbons for British Heart Foundation ‘Boy’
  • Sasha Robertson for Amazon Echo ‘Bedtime Story’
  • Emma Stafford for BBC ‘Wonderland’

The nominated productions premiered between 1 September 2018–31 August 2019 and have been selected by members of the Casting Directors’ Guild, who will now vote for a winner in each category.

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The Casting Directors’ Guild is a professional organisation of Casting Directors in the film, television, theatre and commercials communities in the UK and Ireland who have joined together to further their common interests in establishing a recognised standard of professionalism in the industry, enhancing the stature of the profession, providing a free exchange of information and ideas, honouring the achievements of members and standardisation of working practices in the industry. The CDG upholds the highest ethical standards and advocates for the fair treatment of performers in the casting process.