Welcome to Lakeside Casting Agency

Paul Barber Star of 'Only Fools & Horses' & 'The Full Monty' is with Phil Mckay between filming the new BBC sitcom 'Home from Home '  Filming was in the Lake District for six weeks, I was casting the supporting cast and all the kids for this from May to end of June 2017. The premiere for this was amazing ! 


World premiere 'Swallows and Amazons' Keswick Cumbria Sunday 24th July . Photo myself (right) and one of my actors Simon Underdown on the RED CARPET.

         Simon Underdown left with Phil Mckay right 

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Here at Lakeside Casting Agency we cast everything from Shorts and Features to Television Drama, Theatre and Commercials. Our past and present clients that we have had the pleasure of supplying supporting artists, featured roles, walk ons, stand ins, NETFLIX, BBC, STV, ITV, SKY, PRIME VIDEO, APPLE TV, GRANADA TV, CH 4 , LIME PICTURES, CBBC, and many other independent productions.


Thank you for your hard work on 'Distant Shores' ITV. Everyone said what a fantastic, professional, lovely group of people you gave us. It was really appreciated and look forward to you working on series two.  Caroline Richards 2nd AD – Distant Shores Granada TV 

It has always been a pleasure to work with you on productions together including Virgin Money.       Camila Fox Casting Director - Newcastle    

Phil has supplied me with actors and supporting artists from his agency for feature films and tv commercials to a high standard. Sam Claypole Casting Director - Newcastle  

I had the pleasure of working with Phil at Lakeside Casting Agency when I was casting a feature called THE LIABILITY with Tim Roth & Jack O'Connell. Phil and his team were invaluable when helping to cast roles. I would be more than happy to work with Phil at Lakeside Castings again.      Carolyn McLeod Casting Director - London 

 Lakeside Casting Agency is based in Carlisle Cumbria & can supply you with professional supporting cast, walk-ons, local crowds for films, television drama/documentaries, commercials, pop promos or corporate videoswe have many talented actors on our books ready to audition for Producers and Casting Directors . Please view our actors online profiles for cvs and photo's.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  Here are just some major productions Lakeside Casting  Agency has supplied artistes for:


  • FUNNY WOMEN season 2 filming Liverpool feb 2024 & will air in the UK on Sky Max Lakeside Castings Actor Simon Underdown plays High Court Judge 2024
  • ODD SQUAD CBBC  The lake District 3 lakeside actors speaking roles Sept 2023
  • The Rising SKY TV-The Lake District Lakeside Actors Luke Robert-Michael Scott May 2022 
  • 'Innocent' ITV Drama (Filming Carlisle Crown Court) starring Katherine Kelly, Four of our actors had speaking roles, we also had 75 supporting artists. Filming was Nov 2020.  
  • Hollyoaks Lime Pictures on location (Eden Fest Dumfriesshire) June 2019
  • Creeped Out CBBC Media City (Location Carlisle one week ) October 2018
  • Coronation Street (Granada ITV) Whitehaven Cumbria Police Officers February 2018
  • ' Home from Home ' Sitcom BBC TV Johnny Vegas / Paul Barber and Elaine Page June 2017 
  • ' The A Word ' BBC TV six part Drama filming Lake District Oct 2015   to Feb 2016.Staring      Christopher Eccleston
  • 'Prey 2' ITV Drama Starring John Simm ( filming Coniston Lake District ) June 2015
  • Safe House (4 part drama ITV ) Staring Christopher Eccleston Lake District Oct 2014
  • Brilliant Britain Cumbria,  Presenters Kris James & Josh Park             ( Sky- Freeview ) 2014 
  • Crimewatch UK Roadshow (BBC T.V.) North East & Scotland 2014
  • Jamaica Inn Period Drama 1820 (BBC T.V. ) Lakedistrict  Oct 2013
  • Love Life Drama (Granada TV) Lake District for ITV November 2012
  • Gerald Gardner Documentary, Glasgow for Channel 4 November 2011
  • Coronation Street (Granada TV) Blackpool for ITV March 2011
  • Coronation Street (Granada TV) Blackpool for ITV March 2010
  • Coronation Street (Granada TV) Lake District  for ITV Dec 2009
  • Wuthering Heights Period Drama ( Mammoth Screen ) for ITV 2008
  • Place of Execution Drama ( Coastal Productions) for ITV 2008
  • Fifth Gear ( North One TV ) for Channel 5 2007
  • Abolition the ending of slavery ITV Border Doc 2007
  • Byker Grove (BBC TV)
  • Rocketman (Coastal Productions) for BBC TV - Starring Robson Green
  • Cold Feet (BBC TV Documentary)
  • Real Vampires Chronicals (Blast Films) for Channel 4 - Starring Kevin Russell
  • Distant Shores Drama (ITV Granada ), starring Peter Davison and Samantha Bond. Series 1 and 2.
  • Historic Food (ITV Border)
  • Elizabeth the virgin Queen Period Drama - BBC TV
  • 55 Degrees North Drama - Zenith North for BBC TV
  • True Crimes (ITV Borders)
  • Two Thousand Acres of Sky Drama (BBC 1) starring Michelle Collins and Paul Kaye
  • Ted and Alice (BBC 1) starring Dawn French
  • Big Digs (BBC 2)
  • Wire in the Blood Drama (ITV) starring Robson Green
  • Ken Dodd in the Dock Documentary (Ch4)
  • Police Bravery Awards Documentary (Carlton TV for Ch5)

      Feature Films:

  • Bobby Rishi Love Story (feature film) Casting lead Role Mathew Alpin, Bollywood Films sept 2022
  • My Policeman (feature film) staring Harry Styles and Lakeside Actor Simon Underdown as the High court Judge. April 2021.
  • SUPERNOVA (feature filmfilming Lake District staring Colin Firth & Stanley Tucci Oct 2019
  • SWALLOWS & AMAZONS (Harbour Pictures) Lake District staring Harry Enfield & Andrew Scott. We had 35 Supporting cast on it.July 2015 in Cinemas Aug 19th , 2016
  • ORTHODOX (feature filmstarring Steven Graham & Andrew Beaty who is with lakeside casting agency 2013
  • Harrigan’s Nick (Crime Drama) (starring Stephen Tompkinson) for TallTree Pictures 2012
  • Tested (starring Emily Atack) for Tested Films Limited 2012
  • The Liability (Dark comic thriller) (starring Tim Roth, Peter Mullan, Jack O’Connell, Jenny Pike) for Corona Pictures Dec 2011.
  • Sight Seers (Feature film) 2011
  • 3 and OUT (starring Imelda Staunton and Mackenzie Crook ) 2007
  • Arn (Feature film) 2007
  • A Risk Worth Taking (A Gate TV film) 2007
  • Miss Potter (Children's Author Beatrix Potter) Starring Renee Zellweger
  • Northern Star - Feature film by Vertigo Films
  • Black and White (24:25 Films) Short
  • The Magdalene Sisters (Dir: Peter Mullan)Geraldine McEwan, Anne-Marie Duff
  • Killing Me Softly (Dir: Kaige Chen)Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes
  • If Only (Dir: Gil Junger) Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Lucy Davenport
  • Danny the Dog (Dir: Louis Letterier) Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins



  • Cumberland building society Two actors ITV May 2022 
  • Trainers TV Advert location maryport Cumbria 2022
  • Audible 'have you heard' casting lead actror Simon Underdown 2022
  • Brewdog "Beer For All"  (For all TV networks) Actor Simon Underdown May 2021
  • First 4 Lawyers The Seed Project for ITV Media City staring Simon Underdown July 2019
  • Virgin Money in House 'Cravens' Newcastle, Lakeside actress        Olena Nealy Nov 2017
  • Butterworths Solicitors Carlisle TV Advert Brilliant Trees Media for Border TV fiming was May 2017
  • Lanes Shopping Centre Carlisle Xmas Ad Brilliant Trees Media for Border TV Nov 2016
  • Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors Carlisle  TV Advert St Martins Studios Manchester for Border TV fiming November  2015
  • Reays Coaches Ad Brilliant Trees Media ITV ( lakeside actor Gary Goodyear ) May 2015 
  • Barclays Bank - Ad  Academy Films -100 Supporting Artistes  (Carlisle ) February 2015
  • Help Link-ITV ( Jonny Ball )  Dean Films  Newcastle upon Tyne , September 2013
  • Seven Seas – ITV (National News Idents) Mallinson Television Productions 2012
  • Cumberland Building Society – Liquid Design 2012
  • Newcastle Brown Ale – American Television Network (lead actor Simon Underdown) 2012
  • Smoke Free North East – Tyne Tees Television (lead actor Joel Cooper) 2011
  • Homebase - ITV 1 & Channel 4 2010
  • Burger King - ITV & Channel 4 2007, 2008, 2010 (Actor Nick Roberts)
  • Bundy's Rum - Austrailian TV Network 2007
  • AA advert - ITV & Channel 4 - 2006
  • Heinz Salad Cream: Heinz 2004
  • Visit Britain: Tourist Board

      Corporate / Theatre  

  • Medical Teaching Course Model Shoot NHS Salford Royal May 2019
  • Medical Training film Carlisle NHS May / June 2019
  • Medical Training film Carlisle NHS Jan-Feb 2018
  • Northern Developments Corporate - Liquid Studios Feb 2017
  • Carlisle Pageant Theatre, Staring, Simon Underdown, Vicky Chandler, Jennifer Heron, Frederick Burgess and Harry Mossop.             Carlisle City Centre. Aug 2014 
  • Careline Information Film Carlisle D.F.P. TV June 2013
  • HSBC Bank Newcastle upon Tyne February 2013
  • NHS Carlisle, Brilliant Trees Media February 2012
  • NatWest Carlisle November 2011


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