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Respected casting director known for her work on Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini and the BBC's Our Friends in the North

In movies, a casting director negotiates with actors' agents on behalf of the producers, a difficult job that requires tact, nerve and, above all, a feeling for the texture and tone of the project in hand. Emma Style, who has died of a heart attack aged 50, was one of the most respected and knowledgable in her field. Like all the best casting directors, she had a sixth sense about actors because she understood their work and their temperaments.

Style won the confidence of figures as diverse as the director Franco Zeffirelli – for whom she cast both Tea with Mussolini (1999), starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright, and Callas Forever (2002), with Fanny Ardant and Jeremy Irons – and the producer Michael Wearing at the BBC. His Our Friends in the North »

- Michael Coveney

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