Peter Charlesworth, a resident at Care UK’s Ellesmere House, on Nightingale Place, worked with the likes of Joan Collins, Shirley Bassey and Tommy Cooper, and often reminisces fondly about his showbiz days. This enthusiasm inspired the team to organise the variety evening for Peter and the other residents to enjoy.
They were treated to live musical entertainment from Francesca Keating and Norma Sinnan singing operatic songs and Patrick Broady playing his piano from 1950’s. There was also a group of wheelchair can-can dancers and Zoe Ezeh with African dancing and a choir. The team also put together a slide show of comedy actors that Peter managed.
Francesca Keating, home manager at Ellesmere House, said: “Residents are at the heart of everything we do here at Ellesmere House and we think it is important to celebrate them for all their outstanding achievements.
“Peter joined us three years ago and his stories of his showbiz career continue to entertain the team who are currently working with Peter to create storyboards, photos and posters of his achievements.
“All of our residents had a fantastic evening watching and participating in the variety show and Peter was the star of our evening.”
Born in 1931, Peter moved between England and Portugal throughout his childhood, eventually settling in London and becoming a waiter at a restaurant visited by many famous actors. Celebrity agent and producer, Jock Jacobson, recognised his charisma and offered him a job as his junior.
Peter went on to become an agent to stars such as Christopher Biggins, Clive Dunn and Barbara Windsor, who speaks of him often in her autobiography. He has also featured and been portrayed in several television biographies of his past clients, most recently in the 2017 television drama ‘Babs’ about the life of Windsor.
An avid jazz enthusiast throughout his life, Peter still enjoys the music and videos from his past and the variety show was the perfect chance to showcase some of his favourites.
Ellesmere House is a modern care home set in attractive grounds and designed to support residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives. It provides residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.