'Game of Thrones' Casting Director Nina
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Nina Gold, above, won Emmys for 'John Adams,' 'Game of Thrones'

LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to honor casting director Nina Gold, whose credits include “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” with the BAFTA Special Award. Gold will receive the award at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in London on April 24.

The award recognizes Gold’s “outstanding contribution to casting” across more than 100 television and film productions including “Rome,” “John Adams,” “Wolf Hall,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “The Martian.” This will be the first time BAFTA has recognized a casting director with the Special Award.

Gold began her career in casting with the films “Twin Town” and “The Borrowers” in 1997, and went on to cast every Mike Leigh film since they paired up for “Topsy-Turvy” in 1999. She won Primetime Emmys for her work on “John Adams” in 2008 and “Game of Thrones” in 2015. She is known to cast new faces into high-profile roles.

Gold said: “I feel both delighted and humbled to be the first casting director to receive this Special Award. It is wonderful that BAFTA is shining a light on the craft of casting. Throughout my career, I have been privileged to work on an array of fantastic programs, in partnership with many wonderfully talented directors and actors. I feel honored that my contribution has been recognized.”

Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said: “Nina has a superb eye for talent and a genuine commitment to her craft, which has been borne out by the success of so many of the productions she’s worked on. Nina’s impressive portfolio highlights an incredible contribution to television so I’m delighted that she will be receiving this year’s Special Award.”

The nominations for BAFTA Television Craft Awards will be announced on March 22.

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