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Aisha Bywaters | Casting Director

Aisha Bywaters | Casting Director

The daughter of an actress, Aisha was always intrigued watching her mum rehearse, and wanted to be part of that world. Knowing she didn’t plan to perform herself, it took her a while to find her niche within the industry. As a teenager she enjoyed her time in the National Youth Theatre, enrolled on a playwriting course and even completed a politics degree, before interning for Tamasha Theatre Company. One day she shadowed the director while casting a play and everything clicked into place.

Aisha worked with Shaheen Baig for six years, learning on the job and casting Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders before going out on her own to find her personal style and voice. She enjoys the process of creating a cast from scratch, and loves giving new performers opportunities in her work. It’s a priority for Aisha to create diverse work, having grown up not seeing herself represented on screen - she wants the next generation to have a very different experience.

Casting independent film County Lines and Channel 4 series We Are Lady Parts has contributed to an amazing breakthrough year for Aisha. She’s excited to be part of BAFTA Breakthrough UK, and to meet new people in the industry. Aisha hopes to continue to challenge herself, and to represent everyone on screen. She has ambitions to work on bigger budget projects, but her priority is always to tell diverse stories with interesting people.

Aisha’s Breakthrough credit is TV series We Are Lady Parts (Channel 4)

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