‘Nashville’ Actor Charles Esten Makes Opry Debut

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• November 9, 2012

Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne

Actor Charles Esten, who portrays the character Deacon Claybourne in the ABC series Nashville, is set to make his Grand Ole Opry debut tomorrow (11/10) at Nashville’s downtown Ryman Auditorium.

Original Nashville songs performed by Esten have sold nearly 150,000 downloads after hitting iTunes released by ABC Studios and Big Machine Records. He appears on  tracks such as “Undermine” featuring Hayden Panettiere; and “Back Home” and “No One Will Ever Love You” with Connie Britton.

While in college at William and Mary, Esten was lead singer/songwriter for a band called N’est Pas. He made his theatrical debut in London in the musical Buddy, portraying Buddy Holly. During this time Esten first appeared on the original British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway, becoming a recurring cast member and frequent song improviser. His credits include recurring roles on Big LoveEnlightenedThe OfficeER and films Swing VoteThirteen Days61, and The Postman.

Esten joins a list of artists scheduled for weekend Opry shows including Vince Gill, The Time Jumpers, Bobby Bare, Kelleigh Bannen, Jimmy Dickens, Ricky Skaggs, and more.

For tickets, visit opry.com.

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