2019 CDG Award Winners and Nominees

The UK’s top Casting Directors were honoured on, Tuesday 12 February 2019, at the inaugural CDG Casting Awards presented in partnership with Spotlight. Held at Ham Yard Hotel, London and attended by leading casting directors, actors, producers and directors from across the entertainment industry. This new event was the first UK Awards ceremony to celebrate the significant achievements of casting in the fields of Theatre, TV, Film and Commercials.

Casting Director Victor Jenkins, Chair of the CDG Board and Awards Committee commented: We are thrilled to be hosting our very first CDG Awards, and to celebrate the field of casting amongst our peers and colleagues. Casting is a crucial part of the creative process and we want to commend not just the alchemy of our craft, but also our unique position within the industry. We hope that this is the beginning of wider recognition for Casting Directors and will lead to the creation of a Casting category within other industry ceremonies.”


Best Casting in a Theatre production sponsored by The Stage


WINNER: Paul Wooller, Felicity French and Trevor Jackson for Hamilton (Victoria Palace, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd)

  • Alastair Coomer for The York Realist (Donmar Warehouse)
  • Sophie Parrott for An Octoroon(National Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre transfer)
  • Wendy Spon and Jacob Sparrow for Follies(National Theatre)
  • Charlotte Sutton for Caroline or Change (Hampstead Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre transfer).

Best Casting in a TV production sponsored by United Agents


WINNER: Kate Rhodes James Casting for Bodyguard (BBC1 & Netflix)

  • Kharmel Cochrane for The End of the F**king World (Netflix)
  • Tracey Gillham for Inside No. 9 Series 4 (BBC2)
  • Julie Harkin for Kiri (Channel 4)
  • Jina Jay for Black Mirror Season 4 (Netflix)

Best Casting in a Film Sponsored by Independent Talent


WINNER: Debbie McWilliams for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

  • Lucy Bevan for Murder on the Orient Express
  • David Grindrod, Stephen Crockett, Will Burton for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Musical Ensemble Casting
  • Julie Harkin for Beast
  • Jina Jay for The Darkest Hour

Best Casting in a Commercial sponsored by New Wonder Management


WINNER: Michael Cox and Thom Hammond at Hammond Cox Casting for Cadbury ‘Mum’s Birthday’

  • Martin Gibbons and Dan Hubbard for Waitrose ‘Snowed In’
  • Martin Gibbons for McCains We Are Family 2’
  • Orla Maxwell for Jaguar EPace ‘Mistress of Mischief’
  • Belinda Norcliffe and Heidi Lawry for Walkers ‘70thBirthday’
  • Sasha Robertson Casting for Unstereotype Alliance ‘Audition for an Advert’
  • Sasha Robertson Casting for ICRC ‘Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare’

Outstanding Contribution to the Casting Profession sponsored by EON Productions


Presented to Charlotte Bevan, Director of the Creative Diversity Project at the National Theatre

Outstanding Contribution to International Casting


Presented to Richard Cook, talent agent and creator of the Subtitle Film Festival