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King Charles III announced as the ABF's Royal Patron

We are extremely proud and honoured to announce that His Majesty King Charles III will continue to be our Patron!

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In 1882

the Actors’ Benevolent Fund was founded by the great actor-manager Sir Henry Irving and a group of his friends.

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Meet our new trustees!

On the new ABF Board, we welcome Simon Callow, Lesley Joseph, Rob Rinder, and Alex Macqueen!

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14.May.2024

Alison Wyman: Unregulated AI is a real threat to actors – the UK urgently needs legislation

"It has always been difficult for actors and stage managers to earn a full-time living from their craft, and a cost-of-living crisis has made that even tougher. We support people who are unable to work and it would be a tragedy if AI is another factor contributing to that."

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John Gielgud costume design

This costume design, dated 1921, was drawn by renowned 20th Century actor and former ABF President Sir John Gielgud during his time at art school.

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