Jane Ripley Casting

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 Seriel 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 including Dev Patel, Kaya Scodalario, Daniel Kaluuya, Hannah Murray and Jack O’Connell. 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 Sharon Rooney who plays Lead character ‘Rae’ in an open workshop. Sharon has received brilliant critical reviews across the board. The show is a successful combination of new young actors and respected ‘names’. 2014 brought Royal Television Society nominations for Best Actress (Sharon Rooney) and Best Drama for the show as well as BAFTA nominations for Best Actress (Claire Rushbrook) and Best Drama. A second series has just aired.
2013 also saw the release of the Feature film ‘Spike Island’ (Dir. Mat Whitecross/ Prod. Fiona Neilson) which required Jane to hold open-castings and trawl colleges and local drama groups in the Manchester area looking for unknowns to play Lead roles. Alongside new faces, she cast respected actors such as Leslie Manville, Steve Evets, Jodie Whittaker and Philip Jackson.

In 2014 Jane has been working with BBC Comedy on a number of new projects including a 6 x part TV series (BBC3), a sit-com vehicle for Milton Jones (BBC1) and several Pilots. She recently completed a new comedy project for Lucky Giant/ NBC Universal and two comedy projects for Objective and BBC3 / Channel 4. She is about to start casting an improvised dialogue Drama series for Newman Street TV and is also casting a new CBBC series for Channel X.

Please contact Jane for full CV/Credits.

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