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 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 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 discovering unknowns such as Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire/ Best Marigold Hotel), Kaya Scodalario (Pirates of the Caribbean/ Maze Runner) and BAFTA Rising Star Winner 2015 Jack O’Connell (Unbroken/’71).
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 2013. Again, Jane discovered the majority of the young Lead cast. The show was a successful combination of new young actors and respected ‘names’. 2014 brought Royal Television Society nominations for Best Actress and Best Drama as well as BAFTA nominations for Best Actress and Best Drama. It was nominated for an International Emmy in 2015 and Sharon Rooney received a Best Actress Scottish BAFTA 2015. Sharon was discovered by Jane in an open casting.

Jane has worked with BBC Comedy on a number of projects including the series CRIMS (BBC3), Bluestone 42 (BBC2) and most recently ‘FLAT TV’ – a new comedy series for BBC2. She has worked with many TV production companies including Lucky Giant/NBC Universal, Objective, Talkback, Newman Street, Channel X and Retort.

Jane recently completed the casting of ‘Chewing Gum’ for Channel 4 which has been developed from the much acclaimed one-woman play ‘Chewing Gum Dreams’ by Michaela Coel and she is currently casting the second series of C5’s well-received series ‘Suspects’.

Upcoming projects in 2015/16 include two new series for BBC Comedy/BBC2 and a UK Feature Film to be directed by BAFTA winner Tim Kirkby.

Please contact Jane for full CV/Credits.

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