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’. This required her to go beyond the usual demands of casting and meet real young offenders in an attempt to cast authentically. Jane found auditioning, mentoring and casting ‘unknowns’ incredibly rewarding and satisfying.

Gaining a reputation for discovering new young talent, she 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.

‘My Mad Fat Diary’ (new 6 part series for Tiger Aspect / C4) aired in early 2013. Jane had met Sharon Rooney, who plays the Lead character of ‘Rae’, years earlier in a casting workshop and had been impressed by her comedy and inventiveness. Sharon has received brilliant critical reviews across the board. The show is a successful combination of new young actors and respected ‘names’ such as Ian Hart and Claire Rushbrook. ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ has been a huge critical success and Jane is about to cast the second series.

2013 will see 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 “discoveries”, Jane cast respected actors such as Leslie Manville, Steve Evets, Jodie Whittaker and Philip Jackson.

Jane is currently working with Director Philippa Lowthorpe (‘Call the Midwife’, ‘Five Daughters’) on the development of a Feature film. She is also working with production company Hat Trick on a comedy pilot for Channel 4 set in Liverpool and with Channel X on a comedy pilot for CBBC.

Please contact Jane for full CV/Credits.

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