Magazine article Screen International

Rose Wicksteed, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

Magazine article Screen International

Rose Wicksteed, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

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CASTING DIRECTOR: "There's no formula," says Rose Wicksteed of the profession of casting.

"When you're dealing in the currency of people, it's such an unknown." Wicksteed, a drama school graduate, found her way into casting almost by accident.

"I was working as a runner and a researcher in TV and then I was a people researcher in observational documentaries, which, when you think of it, is casting really."

She then started casting actors for dramatic reconstructions and found herself hooked. "I just loved it."

Wicksteed worked as an assistant to Nina Gold and then Lucinda Syson and Elaine Grainger for years before her big break on Martin Scorsese's Hugo, working with legendary US casting director Ellen Lewis and getting a UK casting credit. "It was a massive break for me," she says. …

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