Esta Charkham, presenter of Showtunes, is our very own West End girl, transporting you into the world of showbiz with songs from the best in musical theatre and beyond.
Esta started her working life as an actress on stage and TV, and it wasn’t long before she was drawn behind the scenes to find her niche as one of the UK’s leading casting directors.
Series such as The Professionals gave way to bigger responsibilities, 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 TV to reformat and produce Boon for ITV, which was watched by over 13 million viewers. From here, Esta produced the landmark series, Birds of a Feather, along with Nightingales, No Sweat and, 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 2 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 shopping, talking and filling consumer questionnaires.