2022 CDG Award Winners and Nominees

“We were thrilled to bring together casting directors from across the country to celebrate our fourth annual CDG Awards at Ham Yard Hotel on 22nd February this year.  Despite another challenging year, our industry has determinedly stepped up and we were delighted by the scope of work we celebrated by such a brilliant, wide range of casting directors. This is evidence that we appreciate the extraordinary work of our peers and we all have been overjoyed in the welcome escape that so much of this work has brought us. There have been some unforgettable performances both on stage and screen and it was wonderful to come together and cheer on our community who so often are forgotten by the time the reviewers move in! We have optimism that casting directors and their vital input will be further recognised industry-wide.” Jessica Ronane and Kate Ringsell,  CDG Co-Chairs

Host Jennifer Saunders presented the awards and said “I am honoured to be cast as ‘Host’ for the 4th annual CDG awards . I’m hoping to impress with many accents and horse riding skills!”

Our partner Spotlight, has been connecting performers with roles in theatre, television and film productions since 1927. It’s our role to keep stages and screens filled with talented performers, so we can continue to watch our favourite characters come to life. With studios in London’s famous West End and a team of people across America and Europe, Spotlight is at the heart of the performing arts industry.

Best Casting in a Television Drama Series sponsored by United Agents


WINNER: Kelly Valentine Hendry, Casting Associate Cole Edwards: Bridgerton

  • Robert Sterne, Kate Bone (Associate): The Crown
  • Shaheen Baig: Adult Material
  • Victor Jenkins, Seth Mason (Associate): Unforgotten

Best Casting in a Television Comedy Series sponsored by Hamilton Hodell


WINNER: Aisha Bywaters: We are Lady Parts

  • Catherine Willis: Alma’s Not Normal
  • Sarah Crowe: Motherland Series 3
  • Theo Park: Ted Lasso Season 2

Best Casting in Theatre (Inside M25) sponsored by The Artists Partnership


WINNER: Anna Cooper: Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at the Vaudeville Theatre

  • Alastair Coomer, Bryony Jarvis-Taylor: Romeo & Juliet – National Theatre
  • Annelie Powell: Harm – The Bush Theatre
  • Stuart Burt, Annelie Powell: Romeo & Juliet – Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Best Casting in Musical Theatre (Inside M25) supported by LW Theatres


WINNER: David Grindrod: Back to the Future – Adelphi Theatre

  • David Grindrod: Cinderella – Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Lucy Casson, James Orange, Jacob Sparrow, Verity Naughton (Childrens Casting Director): Carousel, Regents Park Open Air Theatre
  • Stuart Burt, Richard Johnston, Jacob Sparrow: Singin’ in the Rain at Sadler’s Wells

Best Casting in a Regional Theatre supported by Manchester International Festival


WINNER: James Pearson and Rosie Pearson: Rent – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

  • Charlotte Sutton, Verity Naughton (Additional Childrens Casting): South Pacific, Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Jill Green, Nicholas Hockaday (Assistant), Jo Hawes (Childrens Casting Director): Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • Matthew Dewsbury: The Comedy of Errors – Garden Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company (& tour)

Best Casting in a Film sponsored by Warner Media


WINNER: Nina Gold: The Mauritanian

  • Jina Jay, Olivia Brittain (Associate), Verity Naughton (Young Person Search): Enola Holmes
  • Lucy Bevan, Emily Brockmann (Associate), Olivia Grant (Assistant): Cruella
  • Lucy Bevan, Olivia Grant (Associate): The Dig

Best Casting in an Independent Film sponsored by Independent Talent Group


WINNER: Shaheen Baig: After Love

  • Aisha Bywaters, Ceri Bedingfield (Assistant): County Lines
  • Dan Jackson: Limbo
  • Shaheen Baig, Jonny Boutwood (Associate): Rare Beasts

Best Casting in a Commercial sponsored by New Wonder Management


WINNER: Sasha Robertson Casting: NHS – Stay Home Now

  • Hammond Cox Casting, Michael Cox & Thom Hammond: Cadbury Dairy Milk – Bus
  • Kharmel Cochrane: Amazon – The Show Must Go On
  • Kharmel Cochrane: Sainsbury’s – The Gravy Song

Best Casting in a Limited Series sponsored by Netflix


WINNER: Andy Pryor, Casting Associate Ri McDaid-Wren, Casting Assistant Ray Böhm: It’s a Sin

  • Gary Davy, Alex Howes (Associate), Jessica Straker (Assistant): Small Axe
  • Olivia Scott-Web, Nicola Chisholm (Associate): The Queen’s Gambit
  • Victor Jenkins, Seth Mason (Associate): Des