Rose Wicksteed 2021

About Rose

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Rose first started collaborating with actors and creatives at Oxford School of Drama in 1999 where she was taking a foundation course in Acting. Following her love of this world, she went on to study Modern Drama Studies at University and took plays to the Edinburgh Festival as producer and director. After graduating, she spent the next couple of years working in factual and reality TV as a runner & researcher. An opportunity working on an ITV show about regressing celebrities back to their past lives, lead Rose to connect with actors again, her role -  to cast actors for the reconstructions. Passionate about working in drama again, she wrote to every Casting Director in the UK.  Her first official job in Casting was as a Casting Assistant spending the summer of 2006 auditioning thousands of children in London for a new children’s drama series. This paved out her journey for the next 15 years.

Rose went on to work as a freelance Casting Assistant for Casting Directors: Nina Gold, Lucinda Syson, Elaine Grainger & Jina Jay - for directors incl. Jane Campion, Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Tom Hooper, Robert Zemeckis & Richard Eyre - before setting up as a Casting Director in 2009. 

As Casting Director her credits include: BAFTA nominated and BIFA award winning film THE SURVIVALIST; UK Casting on Martin Scorsese's HUGO;  the first two seasons of the Golden Globe nominated and Emmy award winning show GENIUS: EINSTEIN and GENIUS: PICASSO for Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Fox 21 & National Geographic; the award-winning show, THE GREAT for Hulu; UK Casting on the final season of HOMELAND for Fox 21 & Showtime. She has recently completed casting on a new series INVASION for Apple.

Alongside casting, Rose has spent the past 10 years journeying with many spiritual and shamanic practitioners and experiencing international healing modalities. She loves exploring these worlds and is passionate about living a fully integrated and embodied life deeply connected to nature. Last year she began training as a Breathwork Practitioner and was ordained as a Shamanic Minister in the US. She is excited about integrating her love of the creative life with the healing modalities she is practicing and sharing what she has learnt with others.

Rose is based between London, Cornwall & Greece. 

• A member of the Casting Society of America (CSA); Casting Director's Guild (CDG) (UK); Television Academy (Emmy) (USA) & BAFTA (UK) and a Screen International Star of Tomorrow (2014)

Sophie Kingston-Smith 2021

About Sophie

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Sophie harboured a strong desire to work in casting since her teenage years, and went on to study Psychology and Film at Oxford Brookes. Upon graduating, she started interning in film and video production, side-stepped into talent management and then onto extras casting in the commercials department. It was from there she started working with Chichester Festival Theatre, as Gabrielle Dawes' assistant, working on productions like ROSS (dir. Adrian Noble), HOBSON'S CHOICE (dir. Jonathan Church) and WAY UPSTREAM (dir. Nadia Fall). 

Work with other significant figures in the casting industry followed including Karen Lindsay Stewart, Lucinda Syson, Alex Johnson and Kharmel Cochrane, until she joined Rose Wicksteed Casting as an assistant in 2016 and became her associate in 2017. With Rose, she worked on major TV projects including GENIUS:PICASSO (Fox 21 / Imagine / Nat Geo), HOMELAND (Fox21 / Showtime) and THE GREAT (Hulu) co-cast with Dixie Chassay's office. Features include THE NUN (dir. Corin Hardy), ESCAPE ROOM (dir. Adam Robitel) and additional photography on HOLMES & WATSON (dir. Etan Cohen).

As well as working closely with Rose, Sophie casts her own projects including short films LYNCH (dir. Francesca Castelbuono) and MR WHIPPY (dir. Rachna Suri). She believes an openness with actors is important, and regularly runs acting workshops or contributes to casting panels. 

When she's not working in casting, Sophie is watching movies or playing with Roo the dog. 

Credits

Television

INVASION     Platform One | Apple TV+     UK casting

HOMELAND (S8)     Fox 21 | Showtime     UK casting

THE GREAT     MRC | Hulu     w' Dixie Chassay 

GENIUS: PICASSO     Fox 21 | Imagine | National Geographic

GENIUS: EINSTEIN     Fox 21 | Imagine | National Geographic

LEGENDS (S2)     Fox 21 | TNT   

BARKSKINS     Fox 21 | Scott Rudin Productions | National Geographic     UK casting consultant

 

Film

LOVE GETS A ROOM     Nostromo Pictures | d: Rodrigo Cortes

HOLMES AND WATSON     Columbia Pictures | Mosaic   Casting Director-add’tl photography

ESCAPE ROOM     Original Film | Sony | d: Adam Robitel    Casting Director (UK)

THE NUN     Atomic Monster | New Line | d: Corin Hardy 

REDIVIDER     FilmNation | d: Tim Smit | p: Aaron Ryder, Patrick Chu 

MINE     Safran Company | d: Fabio Guaglione & Fabio Resinaro | p: Peter Safran

THE CONJURING 2     New Line | Warner Bros | d: James Wan | p: Peter Safran, Rob Cowan

THE SURVIVALIST     The Fyzz | BFI | d: Stephen Fingleton | p: Robert Jones, Wayne Marc Godfrey

ALLEYCATS     Elephant Gun | The Fyzz | d: Ian Bonhote | p: Andrew Ryder, Robert Jones, Wayne Marc Godfrey

NIGHTINGALE     Plan B | HBO | BN Films | d: Elliott Lester | ep: Josh Weinstock. David Oyelowo, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Katrina Wolfe

HUGO     GK Films | dir: Martin Scorsese CD: Ellen Lewis p: Graham King ep: Emma Tillinger Koskoff     UK Casting

THE VETERAN     DMK Productions | d: Matthew Hope | p: Kim Leggatt, Debbie Shuter

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES     Incendiary Pictures | BFI | d: Michael Pearce, p: Megan Rubens   (short film)

ROOM 8     Independent | d: James W Griffiths | p: Sophie Venner sp: Ohna Falby, Jani Guest     (short film)

UK / European Casting Searches

LIGHTYEARS (Legendary TV / Amazon) | d: Juan Campanella, Philip Martin | CD: Lowry Johnson/Goldstein Casting (2021)

THE DROPOUT (Searchlight Television / Hulu) | d: Harry Bradbeer | CD: Jeanie Bacharach, Mark Rutman (2020)

TALES FROM THE LOOP (Fox21/Amazon) | d: Mark Romanek | CD: Courtney Bright, Nicole Daniels (2019)

THE BEAST (20th TV /FBC) d: Stephen Hopkins | CD: Debi Manwiller, Russell Boast (2017)

THE RESIDENT (20th TV /FBC) | d: Phillip Noyce | CD: Wendy Weidman (2017)

HOMELAND S6 (Fox21 / Showtime) | d: Lesli Linka Glatter | CD: Judy Henderson (2016)

A WRINKLE IN TIME (Disney) | d: Ava DuVernay | CD: Aisha Coley (2016)

CHANCE (Fox 21 / Hulu) | d: Lenny Abrahamson | CD: Linda Lowy, John Brace (2016)

THE EXORCIST (20th TV / FBC / Morgan Street) | d: Rupert Wyatt | CD: Eric Dawson (2016)

SHOTS FIRED (20th TV / FBC) | d: Gina Prince-Bythewood | CD: Aisha Coley (2016)

ZOOBIQUITY (20th TV / FBC) | d: Kevin Bray | CD: Rick Millikan (2016)

MINORITY REPORT (Amblin TV / Paramount TV /20th TV) | d: Mark Mylod | CD: Cami Patton, Jennifer Lare (2015)

SCREAM QUEENS (20th TV / FBC) | d: Ryan Murphy | CD: Richard Hicks (2015)

AMERICAN CRIME STORY (20th TV / FX) | d: Ryan Murphy | CD: Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellara (2015)

Commercials

We have cast over 50 commercials since 2009 for brands including: HSBC, Strongbow, Ikea, M&S, Nokia, Renault, Chanel, Sony, VW, Toyota, BMW & Samsung.

For companies including: RSA Films, Outsider, Czar (Netherlands), HSI, TFC (Japan), Pulse Films, Agile Films, Mustard & Partizan.