Golden Girl

Cast­ing di­rec­tor Nina Gold, who has launched the ca­reers of some of the most awarded screen icons of the mil­len­nium, tells Madeleine Ross about awk­ward au­di­tions and try­ing to change a di­rec­tor’s mind

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

olin Firth, Ed­die Red­mayne and Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch are house­hold names—but they might not have been if it weren’t for Nina Gold. The Bri­tish cast­ing di­rec­tor put these ac­tors into the roles that shot them to star­dom: Firth as King Ge­orge VI in The King’s Speech, Red­mayne as Stephen Hawk­ing in The The­ory of Ev­ery­thing, and Cum­ber­batch as Alan Tur­ing in The Im­i­ta­tion Game. She also casts the fan­tas­ti­cal blood-and-guts tele­vi­sion se­ries Game of Thrones (she plucked its cult stars Emilia Clarke, who plays Daen­erys Tar­garyen, and Kit Har­ing­ton, who plays Jon Snow, out of ob­scu­rity). Gold’s lat­est claim to cast­ing fame is the hit Net­flix se­ries The Crown, touted as the most ex­pen­sive tele­vi­sion show ever made. She was re­cently in Hong Kong at the be­hest of the Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts (Bafta) to give a spe­cial master class to young act­ing tal­ent.

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