2021 CDG Award Winners and Nominees

The UK’s top Casting Directors were honoured on Tuesday 16 February 2021, at the third annual CDG Casting Awards presented by the Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG) in partnership with Spotlight. The Awards took place during an online ceremony, presented by actress Camille Cottin, to recognise and celebrate the artistry of casting across Film, TV, Theatre and Commercials.

Victor Jenkins, Chair of the Casting Director’s Guild commented: “It’s so exciting to be able to announce the winners for our 3rd CDG Casting Awards. Like all walks of life, the entertainment industry is forging on under the most extraordinary circumstances. The nominations here reflect the wonderful work done pre and during the pandemic, and the theatre categories in particular are a salient reminder of the power and wonder of stage. Congratulations to the winners, and all our nominees.”

Actress Camille Cottin presented these awards during an online ceremony. She said: “I have been so touched by the enthusiasm of the British casting community for Call My Agent and the way they have really made me feel welcome in the British industry. It was a pleasure to be able to host the awards and toast the special work they do.”

Richard Wilson, CEO of Spotlight added: “We have always believed that the work of casting directors should be celebrated by our industry, which is why Spotlight is so proud to continue partnering with the CDG for their annual Awards. Huge congratulations to all the winners, nominees, and members of the CDG, who have continued to deliver such incredible work through one of the toughest years in memory for our industry.”

Best Casting in a Television Drama Series sponsored by Independent Talent Group


WINNER: Louise Kiely & Karen Scully: Normal People

  • Shaheen Baig: Giri/Haji
  • Kahleen Crawford & Dan Jackson: His Dark Materials
  • Kahleen Crawford: I Hate Suzie
  • Julie Harkin, Casting Associate Nathan Toth: I May Destroy You

Best Casting in a Television Comedy Series sponsored by United Agents


WINNER: Lauren Evans: Sex Education Season 2

  • Tracey Gillham: Inside No 9 Series 5
  • Sarah Crowe: Motherland Series 2
  • Theo Park: Ted Lasso, Casting Associate Olissa Rogers
  • Rachel Freck, Casting Associate Cat Dickie, Child Casting Associate Annelie Powell, Casting Assistant Amy Jackson: Trying

Best Casting in Theatre (Inside M25)


WINNER: Stuart Burt: Cyrano de Bergerac, Playhouse Theatre

  • Jessica Ronane, Casting Associate: Christopher Worrall: A Very Expensive Poison
  • Charlotte Sutton: Fairview, Young Vic
  • Anna Cooper: Teenage Dick, Donmar
  • Isabella Odoffin: Three Sisters, Lyttleton @ the National Theatre

Best Casting in Musical Theatre


WINNER: Jessica Ronane, Casting Associate Abby Galvin: Girl From the North Country

  • Stuart Burt: & Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Jill Green, Casting Associate Amy Beadel, Casting Assistants Heidi Lawry & Nicholas Hockaday: Dear Evan Hansen, Noel Coward Theatre
  • Paul Wooller & Felicity French: Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre
  • Jim Arnold: The Prince of Egypt

Best Casting in a Regional Theatre


WINNER: Jessica Ronane, Casting Associate Abby Galvin: A Monster Calls

  • Matthew Dewsbury: King John/A Museum in Baghdad/The Whip at The Swan Theatre
  • Charlotte Sutton: Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, Chichester Festival Theatre (Spiegeltent)
  • Hannah Miller, Children’s Casting Directors Hannah Miller & Barbara Roberts: The Boy in the Dress, RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Nadine Rennie: The Last King of Scotland, The Crucible, Sheffield

Best Casting in a Film sponsored by EON Productions


WINNER: Sarah Crowe, Casting Associate Xanthe Spencer-Davidson: The Personal History of David Copperfield 

  • Jessica Ronane, Casting Associate Christopher Worrall: Emma
  • Fiona Weir & Alice Searby, Casting Assistant Sarah Wilson:  Judy
  • Des Hamilton: JOJO Rabbit
  • Kharmel Cochrane: The Lighthouse

Best Casting in an Independent Film sponsored by Independent Talent Group


WINNER: Isabella Odoffin: Blue Story

  • Shaheen Baig: Calm With Horses
  • Louise Kiely: Dating Amber
  • Kharmel Cochrane: Saint Maud
  • Dixie Chassay: Sulphur and White

Best Casting in a Commercial


WINNER: Leanne Flinn: Sport England – This Girl Can – Me Again

  • Sasha Robertson: Amazon Alexa (Before Alexa)
  • Emma Stafford: Barnardos ‘Believe In Me – Anxiety’
  • Kharmel Cochrane & Martin Gibbons: Department of Education ‘Every Lesson Shapes a Life’ 2
  • Emma Stafford: NHS ‘We Are The Specialists’
  • Sasha Robertson: Ovarian Cancer Action