Open casting call for Keira Knightly film ‘Official Secrets’


The true-story feature film “Official Secrets” has scheduled an open casting call for teens and adults to play various roles as paid extras. The film stars Keira Knightly playing the role of whistle-blower Katharine Gun, a former Mandarin translator at the notorious British intelligence agency GCHQ in Cheltenham who made headlines after she leaked a confidential NSA memo that proposed the US and UK put pressure on six “swing” nations on the UN Security Council to vote in favor of the imminent 2003 Iraq invasion.

Also starring in “Official Secrets” is Matt Smith playing Martin Bright, one of the Observer newspaper reporters who broke the original story. Gavin Hood will direct the film from an adapted screenplay written by Sara and Greg Bernstein based on the book “The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katharine Gun And The Secret Plot To Sanction The Iraq Invasion” by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell.

Filming will begin in late March, 2018.

“Official Secrets” Open Casting Call

Filming will be taking place in the United Kingdom. All talent must have legal eligibility to work in the entertainment industry in the UK. The London Actors Resource Guide eBook contains the information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work on film and productions in the United Kingdom. All Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

People over 16 years of age through seniors are welcome to attend the following open casting call. Please bring a passport or another form of identity such as a birth certificate.


Prime Studios
94-96 Kirkstall Road
Leeds LS3 1HD
United Kingdom


Thursday March 8, 2018
12:00pm – 7:30pm

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