Casting Director

Kate went to all kinds of
weird places to find the cast.
The people she discovered
were awesome. She’s amazing
– Chris Lilley


Extras Casting Director

With all my films I consider there to be no extras and everyone needs to be cast as a character. This required Kate to really dig deep and go the extra mile: this she did many times over – Baz Luhrmann


Extras Casting Director

The casting of Mad Max: Fury Road’s many hundreds of background characters was crucial to the ‘world building’ – a big task, at short notice and of the highest degree of difficulty. I was relieved to know that someone of Kate’s abilities was prepared to take it on. What I didn’t anticipate was how far she would exceed my expectations – something which, for me, almost never happens
– George Miller


When Kate was in Primary School and the school play was announced, she went straight home and wrote down who in the class should play each role.


Casting was always the goal….before she even knew it was a job!


Kate has a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, majoring in Psychology &
Sociology. After uni, she worked at various
Casting Agencies in Melbourne, then spent many years
as the Extras Casting Director on some of the biggest
films to shoot in Australia.


During her Extras Casting career, Kate had the privilege
of working with legendary Directors: Baz Luhrmann, George Miller, Alex Proyas and Guillermo Del Toro.

Since making the move back into Main Casting Kate has cast successful ABC productions; UtopiaJa’mie Private School Girl, Jonah from Tonga & The first Aboriginal Narrative Comedy, 8MMM: Aboriginal Radio. She has also cast a number TV Pilots and Television Commercials. Kate is committed to and passionate about casting and can often be found checking out the local acting talent at schools, theatre and film festivals around Melbourne & Sydney. She has travelled all over the world and her favourite place is the Galapagos Islands.

  • Utopia

    Series 3

  • Denise

    Comedy Pilot Channel 7

  • 8MMM Aboriginal Radio

  • Jonah From Tonga

    Casting Director

    HBO/ABC/BBC 6 part series

  • Ja’mie: Private School Girl

    Casting Director

    HBO/BBC/ABC 6 part series

  • Woodley

    Casting Associate

    ABC Series - Series 1

  • The Librarians

    Casting Associate

    ABC Series - Series 3

  • JL’s Spiritual Journey

    Casting Associate

    ABC Series

  • Sam Simmons “Problems”

    Casting Associate

    ABC Comedy Series

  • The Bazura Project

    Casting Associate

    ABC2 Comedy Series

  • The Last Supper

    Casting Associate

    Short Film by Angus Sampson

  • Gods of Egypt

    Extras Casting Director

    Dir. Alex Proyas

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Extras Casting: Australia

    Dir. George Miller

  • The Great Gatsby

    Extras Casting

    Dir. Baz Luhrmann

  • The Killer Elite

    Extras Casting

  • Dont Be Afraid Of The Dark

    Extras Casting

  • Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War

    Extras Casting

  • House Husbands

    Extras Casting

  • The Pacific

    Extras Casting Coordinator

    HBO Mini Series

  • Winners and Losers

    Extras Casting

  • Offspring

    Extras Casting

    Series 4 Consultant

  • Angry Boys

    Extras Casting

  • Charlie and Boots

    Extras Casting

  • I Love You Too

    Extras Casting

  • Dangerous Remedy

    Extras Casting

  • Dirt Game

    Extras Casting

  • Loves Brother

    Extras Casting Assistant

  • Ned Kelly

    Extras Casting Assistant

  • McDonalds / AFL

    AFL Media

    Dir. Don Mayes

  • Chanel No. 5

    Fiji Casting Director

    Dir. Baz Luhrmann

  • AFL 2015 season launch

    Dir. Don Mayes

    AFL Media

  • Virgin Australia / AFL

    Dir. Mat Humphrey

    AFL Media

  • Asics Marathon

    Dir. Steve Rogers

  • VB “The Regulars”

    Extras Casting Coordinator

    Droga5 / @radical.media

Kate Leonard nominated for Casting Guild of Australia Award!

Kate Leonard has been nominated by the Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) for “Best Casting in a TV Comedy” for Utopia Series 3! Was a thrill to cast this production and I love the team at Working Dog

Utopia Series 3 airs on ABC

The hilarious comedy from the team at Working Dog has been airing on Wednesday nights at 9pm on ABC. It has been hugely popular and was a thrill to cast. Catch up on all episodes on view here – http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/utopia/


Kate has a lot of experience casting
‘real people’ as well as actors.

Real people casting involves finding people who have never
been on TV before, sometimes in very obscure places,
auditioning them, work shopping scenes and discovering
someone who is amazing on screen.

When casting a recent TV production,
Kate went to over 17 schools and 11 community groups to find
a cast of unknowns. She auditioned over 2500 “real people”

In her casting career so far Kate has discovered everyone from
new born octuplets to Japanese amputees.

No one is ever too hard to find when you enjoy looking!

Army Reserves & Military personnel in THE PACIFIC Army Reserves Military personnel in THE PACIFIC Casting Bikies for Peter Helliar’s film I LOVE YOU TOO Casting Bikies for Peter Helliar’s film I LOVE YOU TOO



KLC has access to casting studios in

  • St Kilda, VIC
  • Richmond, VIC
  • Footscray, VIC
  • Moore Park, NSW


Mobile 0418 139 792


kate@klcasting.com.au (clients & agents)
info@klcasting.com.au (actor enquiries)

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