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.
Sam joined ECA in 2015 and is thoroughly enjoying being a part of this lively and active office.
As a Director of West London Drama Training, Sam heads up the team teaching and guiding over 150 children to develop skills, confidence and ready them for auditions that come their way.
Having been professionally trained as an actor and filmmaker, a love of film coupled with his passion for working with children resulted in the creation of ‘Film Club’. Working with individuals, children’s organisations, those with special needs and in hospitals, Sam runs week long projects providing members with the opportunity to create, execute and display their own film productions.
For more information, give Sam a call on 020 8735 6040
Georgia Cross Office assistant/ Trainee
Georgia is thrilled to be the office assistant at ECA.
Whilst studying Theatre Production at university, Georgia stage-managed 3 productions which she produced with her college peers, taking one to the Edinburgh Fringe festival. After graduating in 2017 with First-Class Honours, she began her career in stage management fulfilling her passion to work in theatre and with actors. Her career led her to weave her organisational magic backstage at Trafalgar Studios, The Pleasance and Theatre by the Lake.
After 2 years in stage management, Georgia set her sights on new challenges, and took her skills from live production and into agency life – where ECA were more than delighted to welcome her calm focus and fantastic administrative skills.
Georgia lives in south west London and in her free time enjoys watching new films and TV series, seeing theatre, reading books and playing with her labradoodle, Boris.