Monday, October 26, 2015

The A Word

Six year old newcomer Max Vento from West Yorkshire stars in a new BBC drama series The A Word which has just started filming in the Lake District.

Max (represented by WYSPA) plays the youngest son of the Hughes family, whose diagnosis of autism affects the whole family. He stars alongside Lee Ingleby and Morven Christie as his parents, and Christopher Eccleston, Greg McHugh and Vinette Robinson.

Fellow newcomer 19 year old Molly Wright (represented by WGM Talent) from Manchester plays his teenage sister.

The family realises that if their son is ever going to communicate, they are going to have to learn how to communicate themselves. It’s a funny and thought-provoking series about parenthood and childhood, written by BAFTA-winning writer Peter Bowker, who said of the project:

 “We have the opportunity here to make something funny, tough, realistic and inventive about contemporary family life and autism. In a society where imperfection increasingly comes with blame attached, it seems timely to look at how autism is regarded both within a family and the wider community – and to give some insight into how that experience might be for the child on the autism spectrum. It’s a drama full of ideas – about parenthood, about disability, about communication, about community – and will emphatically engage an audience whatever their experience of the subject.”

Polly Hill, BBC Controller of Drama, said: "The A Word tackles parts of life that aren't always easy and Peter has drawn on the absolute highs, lows and challenges so many families face when a child is different to other children, in a beautiful way. With Peter’s award-winning track record and history of drama tackling tough subjects, The A Word is set to be a rollercoaster of a series which is ultimately an uplifting, honest and human drama for BBC One.”

The series is based on a Keshet International and July August Productions’ series and drama format which was written and created by Keren Margalit, who will be an executive producer on the UK series.

Filming on the six-part drama will continue in the Lake District and also at Manchester’s Space Project until early 2016 and is expected to air in late Spring 2016.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Casting call for prestigious feature film


JINA JAY is a casting director whose credits include ‘WAR HORSE’, ‘TIN TIN’ and ‘HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN’.

 We are currently looking for:

Caucasian BOYS aged 7-10yrs & 13-15yrs


GIRLS of any ethnicity aged 9-10yrs

for a prestigious feature film shooting from January 2016.

Starring: Michael Fassbender

Director: Tomas Alfredson


All applicants must be based in Europe.
Please contact Holly on with a recent snapshot and basic details ASAP latest Monday 16th November 2015 for your child to be considered.


Jina Jay Casting
Jina Jay’s Credits -

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Secret Life of Boys

The Secret Life Of Boys is a brand new interactive comedy drama which launches on the CBBC website and CBBC channel this November.

In the series 11 year old Ginger flies from Australia to the UK to spend the summer with four cousins she's never met before - how will she manage in a foreign country, with a new family?

Melbourne-based Erica Brown (represented by Gilchrist Managment in Australia) flew to Ireland to film the lead role of Ginger Boxwell, marking her TV drama debut.

Her cousins are played by 19 year old Neil Reynolds, who has previously appeared in comedy series The T-Boy Show.

15 year old Reece Buttery (represented by A&J Management), who starred in BBC Christmas drama Gangsta Granny, and plays Mo in CBBC's The Dumping Ground, plays Robbie.

12 year old Gene Gurie (represented by The Young Actors Theatre) plays Ethan in his first TV role.

And Joel Guy joins the cast as the youngest member of the family, Chris in his TV debut.

Arriving from Adelaide to a house full of boys, what Ginger doesn't realise is that Matt, Robbie, Ethan and Chris are just as nervous about it as she is. Like every boy, these boys have their share of secrets. Not only are they keeping them from Ginger and their parents, but also from each other! The boys discover that Ginger also has something she’s hiding. And it’s big. The game is afoot and they work tirelessly to uncover Ginger’s secret, all the while trying to protect their own. 

 The unique interactive format allows viewers to discover additional content, including character insights and hidden secrets, which will help piece together Ginger’s big secret; and extra punchlines which allow the user to re-live gags in new ways.

Aunt Corey is played by Elizabeth Bower and Uncle Bob by Grant Burgin.

The Secret Life of Boys is a Zodiak Kids Studio production for CBBC in the UK and ABC in Australia. It was written and created by Anthony Q Farrell, and produced and directed by Beryl Richards.

The episodes will start being released online ( from Monday 2 November, they will then be wrapped up as a TV omnibus edition on CBBC on Saturdays, starting from the 7 November. The series will air on ABC3 in Australia.

They have been a number of successful previous CBBC/international co-commissions:
Dead Gorgeous where British actress Poppy Lee Friar flew to Australia to film the 13-episode series, and Paradise Cafe, where British actors Holly Bodimeade and Pax Baldwin travelled to New Zealand and Rarotonga to film two series of the island-set comedy drama.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Butterfly Kisses

17 year old Theo Stevenson (represented by Independent Talent) leads the cast of Butterfly Kisses which has just started shooting in London. Theo rose to fame in the title role of Horrid Henry - The Movie and was more recently seen in the acclaimed Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans.

He is joined by Byron Lyons (represented by IAG) from London in his first screen role, and fellow newcomer 16 year old Liam Whiting from Buckinghamshire (represented by JPA Associates).

Developed as part of Film London's Microwave feature development programme, the film tells the story of three teenage friends growing up on a housing estate in London. The shoot will take place in the Clapham Common area in London.

Following a day in the life of Jake and his two best friends, we enter a teenage world revolving around sex and porn. Each friend has their own demons, but Jake has a dark secret. One that he can’t confess to anyone, including his friends.

The teenage cast also includes Rosie Day, (represented by Troika), who has most recently filmed on Outlander, and Broadchurch's Charlotte Beaumont (represented by Curtis Brown), joined by child actors 11 year old Honor Kneafsey (represented by A&J Management), who starred in Our Zoo and can be seen in Miss You Already, and CBeebies' Jocelyn McNab (represented by AlphabetKidz) who was recently seen in The Outcast.

Butterfly Kisses is produced by Blue Shadows Films, in collaboration with Film London and the BBC.

Written and developed by the Blue Shadows team (Greer Ellison & Merlin Merton) the project is directed by Rafael Kapelinski.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dixi returns for 3rd series

CBBC's online and interactive drama Dixi is set to return for a 3rd series. Claudia Jessie, April Hughes, Kerry Boyne and Jordan Loughran (hot from the set of Disney’s live action series Evermoor) are all returning, along with two new cast members:

Chloe May Cuthill (represented by Debbie Allen Associates), has previously appeared in Eastenders and The Midnight Beast and has recently filmed the feature Reason To Leave. She will play Zoe in the new series.

And also joining the cast is Shaquille Ali-Yebuah. Shaquille (represented by Identity Agency Group) has previously appeared in features Legacy and Social Suicide as well as the Radio 4 sitcom What Does The K Stand For?

This new series' plot sees the arrival of a new online menace as the gang are thrown together with a rival set of students to put on a showcase. The anonymous troll is determined to stop the show but Shari tries to expose them and save the play before the curtain goes up.

Director/head writer Dan Berlinka also returns for series three. “In Dixi:3 we’re pushing the story and characters further than ever, as our gang come up against not just the troll but also an angry online hate mob," says Dan. "We explore how even good intentions can lead to a form of bullying when people gang up on one another.”

Cat Jones and Matt Booth return to provide an original soundtrack, this time also featuring two new songs by Mick Cooke from the Brit award-winning band Belle & Sebastian.

Dixi:3 - Game Of Dixi is made by Kindle Entertainment.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Nina Gold Casting Call

NINA GOLD CASTING are seeking an exceptionally talented girl for a major new high profile TV project.

Shoots London early next year. We cannot at this stage provide any production or director information as extremely confidential but Nina Gold recent credits include GAME OF THRONES, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, IMITATION GAME, THE MARTIAN, PADDINGTON to name but a few.

She is found running wild in the mud flats of the Thames, bare foot and alone. She is strange and otherworldly with an eerie presence.
Wise beyond her years and disturbingly knowing for a young girl.
She has a soft London accent

Please email Kate at THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED a recent photo, age, height & contact details.


Monday, October 5, 2015

The Titan feature film Casting Call


Julie Harkin Casting are looking for the following fantastic role for a 5-6 year old Genuine American boy (based in the UK)!

'THE TITAN' is an elevated sci-fi feature film produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken’s 42 and Arash Amel, starring Sam Worthington, Ruth Wilson and Sofia Boutella. Lennart Ruff directs the project which is based on a original story by Amel. Max Hurwitz has written the screenplay. Set in a not too distant future, the story tracks the journey of a military family who are relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking experiment of man’s genetic evolution into space.

The overall dates for shooting are approximately mid January - end of March 2016, and the film shoots in Gran Canaria.

Please find a character breakdown for the role of LUCAS below:


Lucas Janssen is the 5 year old son of RICK (SAM WORTHINGTON) and ABI (RUTH WILSON). He is an all American funny, cute and confident kid.

This is a lead role in the film, and we need a very talented, confident child with a genuine American accent. The ethnicity of the role needs to be white, and we would like him preferably to have blue eyes, as both actors playing his parents are blue eyed.



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Billionaire Boy

TV newcomer Elliot Sprakes from Sheffield has landed the title role in Billionaire Boy, the latest adaptation of one of David Walliams' childrens books, which will be screened at Christmas.

The hour-long special is the fourth BBC adaptation of a Walliams novel, and follows the successes of Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink and The Boy In The Dress.

Filming begins next week in Sheffield and Rotherham for broadcast this Christmas on BBC One. Local school children from Oakwood High School, Rotherham, have also been cast to appear in the production as Joe’s class mates.

Elliot (represented by Cieka Bailey Associates) plays 12 year old Joe, the son of Len (played by John Thomson) who has made a billion by invented a new toilet roll. Joe appears to have everything he could want but what he really needs is a friend. This is Elliot's first major TV role, he recently filmed a CBBC pilot Scraps.

Playing Joe’s shy and very nervous head teacher is James Fleet, while Rebecca Front plays Joe’s firm but fair, opera-loving teacher. There’s also an appearance from Warwick Davis playing himself in the role of Len and Joe’s celebrity butler.

David Walliams plays Mrs Trafe, a dinner lady at Joe’s school who is described as dirty and old and who is dreadful at cooking. There will also be a cameo performance from a very special mystery celebrity guest.

He said: “I am thrilled we have put together another all-star cast of comedy greats for this adaptation. The script is bigger and better than the book and I am excited for everyone to see it on BBC One at Christmas.”

Executive producer for the BBC Gregor Sharp said: “David Walliams' books are a magical combination of memorable characters and brilliantly colourful story so we couldn't happier to be bringing Billionaire Boy to BBC One this Christmas."

Filming begins next week in Sheffield and Rotherham and Billionaire Boy will be broadcast this Christmas on BBC One.