We are a boutique talent agency founded in 2012.
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Esta started her working life as an actress on stage and television, but it wasn’t long before she was drawn behind the scenes, finding her niche as one of the UK’s leading casting directors. Her credits include television series The Professionals, and films Quadrophenia, Scum and the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire.
With this experience Esta moved into producing. Her first project was the HTV/Goldcrest family drama series Robin of Sherwood. After two series she moved to Central Television to reformat and produce Boon for ITV, watched by over 13 million viewers. From here, Esta produced landmark BBC series Birds of a Feather, Channel 4's cult comedy Nightingales; and BBC sit-com Grown-Ups. She won a British Comedy Award for One Foot in the Grave, and was awarded an honorary degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in recognition of her work with students.
Esta puts her success down to many things; getting up early, answering the phone after two rings, and wands of mascara, but most of all to her good fortune in meeting and collaborating with great talent. She lives in west London and lists her hobbies as online shopping, talking, filling in consumer questionnaires. What little spare time she has is taken up with collecting underwear and clothing for an asylum seeker and refugee project.
Esta Charkham - Agent
Sam Kermer - Principal of West London Drama Training/Talent Agent
As the Director of West London Drama Training, Sam heads up the team teaching and guiding over 150 young people to develop skills, confidence and ready them for auditions that come their way. Sam represents all of the under 18 year olds at ECA.
Sam lives in south London, supports Fulham football club and enjoys walking his Dalmatian dog Tuppence in Greenwich Park.
Dan Caren - Associate Agent
Dan trained as an actor at Arts Ed, and has a number of film and television credits to his name. He has previously worked for BAFTA and at the higher end of hospitality, managing the Chinawhite nightclub.
Dan joined ECA in 2020, and has loved getting stuck in to the other side of the business.
Lucy Walker - Junior Agent
Lucy studied English literature at Trinity College, Dublin. After graduating in 2017, she spent 3 years working in the learning departments at Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Imperial War Museum, teaching young people and community groups.
After lockdown Lucy started assisting at ECA, and as of 2022 she is thrilled to have joined the agency full-time. She lives in south London and in her spare time still teaches the occasional art class.
Emi Staniaszek - Assistant
Emi is a west Londoner and recent Medieval and Modern Languages graduate from the University of Oxford.
She has loved theatre in particular from a young age, and performed in various productions at school and musicals at the Oxford Playhouse during university. Throughout this time, Emi was a Youth Forum Member at the theatre access charity Mousetrap Theatre Projects, which is an organisation very close to her heart. Her love for TV and film is more recent, having grown up without a television!