2020 CDG Award Winners and Nominees

The UK’s top Casting Directors were honoured on, Tuesday 11 February 2020, at the second 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 second 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: “After an excellent year for Awards for Casting Directors, we are so pleased to have hosted the 2nd Annual CDG Awards, and are delighted by the growing recognition of our craft beyond our own walls. Congratulations to all of the Winners and nominees this year, and also to the first recipient of the BAFTA for Best Casting in a Film. We look forward to seeing the results of the first TV Casting BAFTA in May.”

Best Casting in a Theatre production sponsored by Independent Talent Group


WINNER: Isabella Odoffin – Small Island (National Theatre)

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

Best Casting in Musical Theatre sponsored by LW Theatres


WINNER: Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher; Casting Assistant Katherine Skene –
Come From Away (The Abbey, Dublin and The Phoenix Theatre)

  • Will Burton (UK Casting) – Evita (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
  • Alastair Coomer and Charlotte Sutton – Company (Gielgud Theatre)
  • Stephen Crockett and David Grindrod – Waitress (Adelphi Theatre)
  • David Grindrod – Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse)
  • Sam Jones – Wise Children (The Old Vic)

Best Casting in a Television Drama sponsored by United Artists


WINNER: Nina Gold and Robert Sterne – Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic in association with HBO)

  • Suzanne Crowley and Gilly Poole – Killing Eve Series 2 (BBC America)
  • Sam Jones – Black Earth Rising (BBC2 and Netflix)
  • Kate Rhodes James and Daniel Edwards; Casting Associate Gordon Cowell –
  • Line of Duty Series 5 (BBC1)
  • Kate Rhodes James – The Long Song (BBC1)
  • Andy Pryor; Casting Associate Ri McDaid-Wren – Years and Years (BBC1)

Best Casting in a Television Comedy sponsored by Hamilton Hodell


WINNER: Lauren Evans – Sex Education (Netflix)

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

Best Casting in a Film


WINNER: Kahleen Crawford – Wild

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

Best Casting in a Commercial


WINNER: Claire Catterson, Kharmel Cochrane, Sasha Robertson, Jessica Ronane –
John Lewis 2018 Christmas ‘The Boy and the Piano’

  • Martin Gibbons – McCain ‘Differences’
  • Martin Gibbons – British Heart Foundation ‘Boy’
  • Sasha Robertson – Amazon Echo ‘Bedtime Story’
  • Emma Stafford – BBC ‘Wonderland’