Jane Ripley Casting - +44 (0)20 8340 5123
Jane started her career in television working as a Production Assistant and Researcher.
In 2001, whilst working with casting director Abi Cohen, she co-cast Dominic Savage’s award-winning ‘Out of Control’ (Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh Film Festival & Best Serial and Single Drama at Royal Television Society Awards). This required her to go beyond the usual demands of casting and meet real young offenders in an attempt to cast authentically.
Gaining a reputation for discovering new young talent, Jane was asked to meet Bryan Elsley and Company Pictures for a new series they were developing with C4. ‘Skins’ became a huge critical success as well as a ratings winner. As an on-going drama series, ‘Skins’ was atypical in that it replaced its primary cast every two years and Jane cast all six of its successful series. The majority of Lead cast members were discovered in open castings, schools and colleges and drama groups. Many of these young people have gone on to enjoy successful TV and Film careers both in the UK and US including Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire/ Best Marigold Hotel/ The Newsroom), Kaya Scodalario (Pirates of the Caribbean/ Wuthering Heights, Maze Runner) and BAFTA Rising Star Winner 2015 Jack O’Connell (Unbroken/ ’71/ Starred Up).
Skins won Best Drama at the Rose d’Or 2007, was nominated for Best Drama at BAFTA 2009 and won the Audience Award at BAFTA 2009.
‘My Mad Fat Diary’ (Tiger Aspect / C4) first aired in early 2013. Jane discovered the Lead Sharon Rooney in a casting workshop. Sharon has received brilliant critical reviews across the board for her portrayal of Rae Earl. The show is a successful combination of new young actors and respected ‘names’. 2014 brought Royal Television Society nominations for Best Actress and Best Drama for the show as well as BAFTA nominations for Best Actress and Best Drama. Jane has just finished casting the third series.
Jane has worked with BBC Comedy on a number of new projects including the series CRIMS (BBC3), She recently completed a new comedy project for Lucky Giant/ NBC Universal and two comedy projects for Objective and BBC3 / Channel 4. She recently cast C5′s well-received series ‘Suspects’ for Newman Street and has worked with them on a number of ‘tasters’ which are currently in development. She is currently casting CHEWING GUM for Retort TV which will be 6 x eps for Channel 4 which has been developed from the much acclaimed one-woman play ‘Chewing Gum Dreams’ by Michaela Coel.
Upcoming projects include a new series for BBC Comedy/BBC2 and a Feature Film to be directed by Tim Kirkby.
Please contact Jane for full CV/Credits.
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