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Casting agencies in the United Kingdom

Let's continue our journey through the best casting agencies in the country that has had a significant film industry for over a century. Many British actors have gained critical success and worldwide recognition, such as Maggie Smith, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Emma Thompson, and Kate Winslet. Even films with the largest ever box office returns have been made in the United Kingdom, including the third and sixth highest-grossing film franchises (Harry Potter and James Bond).


Becoming an actor takes a mixture of strategy, perseverance, and luck. Here’s a list of the best UK casting agencies to get you started.


Let's start with casting agencies for extras in the UK!


Top talent agency represents the best talent aged 16 to 90 from all over the UK, but also internationally for projects like Cinderella, TOM & JERRY or Netflix show THE A-LIST. Founded in 2011, TALENTTALKS specializes in selecting cast to music videos, TV & film, adverts, and virals - so if you are an actor, model, or someone who just wants to earn some extra money, meet new people and experience something different, TALENTTALKS is the right place for you. STAR Casting is the most positive tv casting agency, with over 25 years in the film and tv industry - the majority of their work is soaps, commercials, short & feature films. The team behind Slick Casting has many years of production experience in various fields of entertainment.


UNI-VERSAL EXTRAS


The relationship between you and Uni-versal Extras is essential - you become an ambassador and the agency works nonstop to find you paid opportunities. Follow the instructions on Uni-versal Extras´s website to submit an application for the relevant casting calls.


Ray Knight Casting was opened for business in 1988, and quickly became one of the leading casting agencies in its field, mainly because of its reputation and the quality of services. Let´s see your new screaming career on the scream management website - apply for the newest UK hits casting calls. Once mint CASTING receives your casting brief you can rest assured that one of their experienced agents will get in touch with you straight away.



Supplying background artists to the largest and most diverse productions over the past 5 years, supplying crowd and supporting artists to film, television, and commercials. Let´s sign up to casting company that supply Background Artistes and Action Specialist to productions across the United Kingdom.


Watch out for Mark Summers Casting that was founded in 1993 and is now one of the leading casting companies in the whole World! Next on our list - LEMON CASTING - provided cast for BBC’s hit Happy Valley. MADDOG provided supporting artists for major worldwide feature films. KEY CASTING selected cast for Downton Abbey or Star Wars - Rogue One. Ink casting was supporting actors for James Artur's music video or McDonald's ad campaign. Guys & Dolls is one of the largest UK extras casting agencies, known for their fabulous television and film supporting artists. GBM Casting has been supplying SAs to the screen throughout Scotland for more than 20 years.


Of course most of agencies above are the nationwide casting agencies whose main focus is on casting the secondary and the background characters. But here we are going to introduce some really successful ones!


THE EXTRA PEOPLE is a casting agency for supporting artists, walk-ons, and extras for the film, television, corporate, and music industry - even for such blockbusters like NO TIME TO DIE, Bridgerton, or The Crown. 100% independent with over 40,000 different faces to choose from across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland - that is the Casting Collective. And the last one, at least for now, is ASCasting - always looking for people from all walks of life for paid background extra work on well-known television productions, films, and commercials across the UK.



Being represented by an agent will always increase your chances of getting seen and therefore getting cast so it’s crucial to maintain a good relationship with your agent. Your agent can’t work hard for you if you are not holding up your end of the bargain so stay organized and don't forget that many of the now-famous actors and actresses waited a long time for their breakthrough. Hopefully, we were helpful on your journey and we wish you the best of luck with your UK casting experience!


Until next time,

Your Hood


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