Muriel Cole (1914 - 2012) was the first Head of Casting for Yorkshire Television, a position she maintained from 1968 to her retirement in 1978.
Members of Yorkshire Television's Casting Department attended various theatre performances around the country, including performances by theatre clubs and drama schools, as well as performances at major city theatres. Reports were then submitted evaluating the performance of each actor, with a view to recommending actors to appear in Yorkshire Television productions.
The Casting Department assessed many actors who would go on to prominent careers. These include Helen Mirren, Simon Callow, Julie Walters, Bob Hoskins, Anthony Sher, Art Malik, Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce.