International Festival
of Independent Cinema

28.04 – 7.05.2023, Kraków

Debbie McWilliams

Polish Feature Film Competition Jury

Casting director

Debbie McWilliams is a leading international casting director and has cast the last 14 James Bond films. Her experience with the Bond Films has taken her all around the world, casting A list stars as well as unknown actors in various unconventional settings. She has worked with a diverse range of directors including Derek Jarman, Roman Polanski, Stephen Frears, Anthony Minghella, Sam Mendes, Martin Campbell, Marc Forster, Ron Howard to name but a few.

Among her early credits are American Werewolf in London, My Beautiful Laundrette, Prick Up Your Ears and Henry V (Kenneth Branagh). In recent years she has worked on; Angels and Demons, Centurion, the 12 part TV series Borgia for Canal Plus, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, Skyfall, The Silent Storm, “One Child” for BBC directed by John Alexander. More recent credits include “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” for which she won Best Casting in a feature film from Casting Directors Guild UK and “Rhythm Section” for Reed Morano, “Robin Hood” for director Otto Bathurst. Most recently she cast number 25 in the Bond series No Time to Die and Upgraded for a new young, female American director, Carlson Young.

Whilst Debbie has worked on many big budget films, she is at home with independent films and enjoys casting new young talent.

Debbie is a member of the Casting Directors Guild, The Academy of Motion Pictures, The International Casting Directors Network. Debbie served as a jury member of the Tokyo Film Festival.

selected filmography:

No Time To Die (2021)
Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (2017)
Spectre (2015)
Skyfall (2012)
Henry V (1989)
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
My Beautiful Landrette (1985)
The Meaning Of Life (1983)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)