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Shakyra Dowling
Company Name
Shakyra Dowling Casting
Principal Contact Number
020 3488 1631
Types of projects cast for
Commercial, Film, TV Drama, New Media, Music Video
About / Bio
Working from her offices in London, Shakyra casts international films and television. She was recently honoured with two nominations in the UK CDA Casting Awards 2017 in both the Short and Feature Film categories. Shakyra entered the entertainment industry over two decades ago as an actress. She went on to found her own successful theatre production company, working with new writers. Shakyra then worked for a well known West End theatre producer, assisting on casting several shows; she naturally branched out as an independent Casting Director.
Working across a wide range of visual media, Shakyra is a staunch believer in championing both women’s achievements in filmmaking, as well as being a zealous advocate for diversity in casting. Her considerable experience working across many genres - specialising in casting foreign language films, as well as British Independent feature films, co-productions and 3 part television series, manifests itself in her unfailing confidence in bringing casting magic to the set.
Shakyra has worked on BAFTA, Berlinale and Oscar nominated films. Commercials she has cast have won Cannes Lions and actors she has discovered have gone on to be nominated in best newcomer awards throughout the world.
Shakyra is a voting member of the European Film Academy & a member of The Casting Directors Association and The Casting Society of America.