If somewhere there’s an entertainment pie, Esta Charkham's had a finger in it for most of her life.
Esta started her working life as an actress on stage and television. However it wasn’t long before she was drawn behind the scenes finding her niche as one of the UK’s leading Casting Directors. Series such as The Professionals and American mini-series gave way to bigger responsibility, casting Quadrophenia, Scum and Oscar winning Chariots of Fire.
With this experience she branched out and became a Producer. Her first project was the HTV/Goldcrest family drama series Robin of Sherwood. Two series later and she moved to Central Television to reformat and produce Boon for ITV, watched by over 13 million viewers.
From here, Esta produced landmark series Birds of a Feather for the BBC, Channel 4's cult comedy series Nightingales; children’s series No Sweat; sit-com Grown-Ups for the BBC and winning a British Comedy Award for One Foot in the Grave. She was awarded an honorary degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in recognition of her work with students.
She 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 and volunteering for an asylum seeker and refugee project.
Principal of West London Drama Training
As a 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 lives in South London, supports Fulham football club and enjoys walking his Dalmatian dog Tuppence in Greenwich Park.