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Extras Covid-19 Support

We are dedicated to supporting our Extras and Supporting Artistes in their return to set safely.

As a casting agency, Uni-versal Extras is constantly reviewing the latest government regulations and recommendations – alongside working closely with the major UK film unions and bodies to ensure best practice is developed and followed, by productions and our Extras.

As part of our casting process, we have adapted our checks where necessary to support safe casting in the current climate. This includes minimising travel to reduce exposure, staggering arrival times and health checks… to name but a few! These steps enable us to support productions restarting and help to ensure that your safety is prioritised in this unusual time.

You can help too – productions have reduced crew on set, which means fewer costume, hair and make-up crew are now available. Please update your photos and measurements regularly as there isn’t as much flexibility as there once was. Besides, everyone loves a recent photo and the latest hair styles!

With this in mind, please find our Artiste’s Covid-19 Procedures below. We will continue to update these documents and procedures as the Covid-19 recovery continues.

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Please note that this document must not be copied or reproduced without written consent from Uni-versal Extras Ltd.


Importance of Photos & Measurements

Productions are relying, now, more than ever, on photos & measurements of extras being up-to-date to help keep the on-set work environment safe for all. Productions are planning fitting slots and costumes around information we provide in advance. This is to ensure that, when you arrive, the production team can get you in and out with limited contact with crew and other Extras to reduce any potential Covid-19 exposure.

If you arrive not looking as per your pictures or having different measurements compared to your profile, this will cause delays and can result in you being turned away without pay. To avoid any mishaps, check out our Photos and Measurements blog posts for some help and guidance.


Clothing Photos

Many productions are now looking for extras that can bring their own clothing to reduce the need for close-contact costume fittings.

Fully activated members can upload up to 10 photos via their My Photos page. This includes a number of advanced photo types, for example if you have specific items of clothing such as business attire or uniforms. Please only upload photos of you in clothes you own and ensure that they meet our standard requirements for images. For more information, see this blog post.