Jo Gilbert
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Jo Gilbert
Jo Gilbert
Joanne Lesley Gilbert

(1955-06-07)7 June 1955
Died15 September 2018(2018-09-15) (aged 63)
OccupationFilm producer and casting director
Marc Sinden (1977-1997) (divorced)

Joanne Lesley Gilbert (7 June 1955 - 15 September 2018) was an English film producer and casting director based in Holywood, near Belfast, Northern Ireland and ran Real Holywood Productions.[1][2]



At the time of her death, Jo Gilbert was in pre-production with the movie The Ribbon with Ed Burns and starring Julia Stiles and was producing the 40-part documentary series Great West End Theatres for Great Productions. In their review of the series, the British Theatre Guide said "This film is as close as one can get to standing on the stage taking an ovation. This series is beautifully filmed and gets the balance exactly right between classy camera work, history, reminiscence and gossip."[3]

She produced the film Closing the Ring, the last film directed by Richard Attenborough, which was shot in and around Belfast and released in 2007.[4][5]

Her previous film credits as Associate Producer are Puckoon (2002), directed by Terence Ryan; Darkness Falls (1999) directed by Gerry Lively; The Brylcreem Boys (1998) directed and produced by Terence Ryan and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1993).

She was also instrumental in originally creating the Paint Hall Film Studios in Belfast, now known as the Titanic Studios, in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.[6][7]

Casting Director

As Casting Director, her credits included The Jungle Book 2 (2003); The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997) and The Harpist (1997).

As a casting director working on the 1997 film The Brylcreem Boys for the Producer/Director Terence Ryan, they were the first film to choose the Isle of Man as a location since the 1936 film No Limit starring George Formby. Ryan based his movie there and used various locations on the island to stand-in for Ireland.[8] As a result of the success and the islands subsequent tax-breaks put in place for filmmakers,[9] many movies have since used the island as a location.[10]

She appeared on ITV's Airline as a disgruntled airline passenger who missed her easyJet flight.

On 15 September 2018, she died of a brain tumour.[11]


  1. ^ Sunday Times Business 18 May 2008
  2. ^ "Personal Finance". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  3. ^ "British Theatre Guide reviews - Great West End Theatres". British Theatre Guide. 2012-02-19. Retrieved .
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  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2003-12-10. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Producer who brought film world to Northern Ireland dies at 63". Retrieved .

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