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Mary Selway



It's not often that casting directors receive the kind of high-profile recognition that actors and other above-the-line personalities do -- but then again, there aren't too many people in that line of work who can boast of the accomplishments made by top British casting professional Mary Selway. Often cited as one of Britain's top talents for matching the right actor with the right role, Selway used her sharp eye to fill roles in such acclaimed features as Raiders of the Lost Ark, A Dry White Season, Gosford Park, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. A native of Norwich, England, who enrolled at the Italia Conti stage school at the young age of 13, the aspiring talent defied her father's wishes of pursuing a more academic career to carve her own distinctive path in the entertainment industry. Though Selway was too much of a wallflower to command the boards, frequent modeling eventually led to work as a production assistant on television variety shows. Work in television and theater followed, with Selway eventually landing a job with top casting agent Miriam Brickman. In the decades that followed, Selway worked with such legendary filmmakers as Roman Polanski, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Altman, among countless others -- contributing in no small part to the creation of some of the silver screen's most memorable characters. Plagued by recurring illness in her later years, Selway nevertheless continued working on such features as The Chronicles of Riddick and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire until she was physically able to work no more. In 2001, Selway was the recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Michael Balcon Award for outstanding contribution to British film. On April 21, 2004, Mary Selway died of cancer in London. She was 68.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% Comfort of Strangers
  • Actor
1997
80% Black Beauty
  • Actor
1994
25% Wuthering Heights
  • Producer
1992
20% King Ralph
  • Actor
1991
29% Three Men and a Little Lady
  • Actor
1990
88% White Hunter Black Heart
  • Actor
1990
47% Nuns on the Run
  • Actor
1990
81% A Dry White Season
  • Producer
1989
73% Stormy Monday
  • Actor
1988
75% Absolute Beginners
  • Actor
1986
56% Out of Africa
  • Actor
1985
17% Five Days One Summer
  • Actor
1983
45% Firefox
  • Actor
1982
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Actor
1981

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