About Casting Connections
Casting Connections Ltd was founded by Felicity Jackson in 2010 and has grown from strength to strength. Initially launched as a dedicated acting showcase company, it has evolved and secured a continuing relationship with StarNow to support their UK casting professionals, as well as running affordable workshops for actors.
Casting Connections Ltd is a sister company of Actors Pro Expo Ltd a company dedicated to hosting market-leading conventions for actors.
Felicity JacksonFounder & Director
Felicity, inspired by her fellow thespians, founded Actors Pro Expo Ltd; an annual industry convention held in London, LA and New York aimed at jobbing actors looking to develop, sustain and create opportunities within their career. Within a year of setting up Actors Pro Expo, Felicity founded Casting Connections Ltd; connecting top industry professional with StarNow talent, as well as running workshops for actors.
Felicity is most well known for her appearance in Series 7 of BBC’s The Apprentice, where she beat 72,000 people to reach the final 16 candidates. She continued to excel above the other candidates and was eventually ‘fired’ in week four.
Ruth WarrilowCasting Manager
Ruth Kennett spent her whole childhood training and performing in the arts, taking part in many performances, exams and competitions for acting, music and dance. She went on to study Acting at The University of Northampton and straight after graduating, moved to London for her first acting job. Over the past four years Ruth has gone on to work professionally in the industry, landing jobs in music videos, photo shoots and even being the face of Ibis Hotels!
Her career has now taken a different path; working alongside Felicity at Casting Connections. Ruth solely looks after StarNow’s top UK casting professionals, including casting directors, producers, directors, media companies and many more, to help connect them with the StarNow talent. Ruth assists casting professionals to ensure their projects are up on the StarNow website quickly and enhances their ads in many different ways to ensure it gets the exposure it requires. Ruth is very passionate about building strong and trusting relationships with the industry in order to help deliver results.
Ruth EarleyCasting Manager
Ruth is our lucky Irish charm. She studied film in Dublin before embarking on a career as an Assistant Director and later in casting. She’s spent the past 5 years working on some of the UK’s most exciting film and TV productions including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Justice League and The Crown. She’s also cast commercials for Nike, Skoda and Heineken.
Amy VintenSenior Casting Specialist
Amy Vinten, also from North London, fell in love with acting at school. She was told she was too shy to take acting as a GCSE…but chose it anyway, and now has a First-Class BA Hons in Theatre & Performance from London Metropolitan University where she wrote, directed and performed in her own graduation show.
Amy has a keen interest in writing comedy, children’s theatre and raising awareness for disability in the arts.
During her degree, Amy worked as a Success Coach supporting new students. She also volunteered with a learning-disabled acting class which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Previous to this role, Amy has worked as a customer service assistant, an extra in a Bollywood film, an elf in Westfield during the festive period, and has a professional cake decorating qualification.
Amy hopes her love of the arts together with her experience in customer service will make her a great member of the team.
Maddie Hope CoelhoCasting Specialist
Following years of putting on shows in her living room for her family, Maddie went on to train at the Royal Ballet School and Laine Theatre Arts, before beginning a professional career in Musical Theatre. Having previously performed in the UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show, The Wizard of Oz, many pantomimes, recorded for Disney at Abbey Road Studios and appeared on a BBC talent show – she decided she wanted to move into the business side of the industry, and have the opportunity to work from the other side of the table.
She has spent 4 years as a Personal Assistant at West End MT – a Musical Theatre school in North London specialising in preparing young talent for drama school and a career in the arts.
Aside from her passion for theatre, she also has a huge love of avocados, ABBA and donkeys.