Charlie spent eight years as a producer and director with RTE, Ireland's public service broadcasting organization, working on a wide range of programmes including the drama series Glenroe and the comedy-cum-chat show Nighthawks.
While at RTE, he also directed a number of short films: A Song for Europe (with Anne Enright), the award-winning A Mother's Love's A Blessing and Edward No-Hands by Dermot Bolger, which was a co-production with the BBC.
Since leaving RTE, he has worked as a freelance writer and director and has worked on some of Ireland's most popular recent shows, including Raw, The Clinic and Pure Mule. He has also produced and directed a number of documentaries, among them 2008's Being John Banville and 2009's IFTA winning Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvelous. In 2000 he became a co-director of Icebox Films.