For over 135 years, Actors' Benevolent Fund has supported actors and stage managers experiencing hardship due to injury, illness, or old age.
Today, the ABF is managed by a small staff team at 6 Adam Street, as well as the Council of trustees who are all also members of the ABF. We're proud to have Dame Penelope Keith, DBE, DL, as President of the Actors' Benevolent Fund since 1990. Our Royal Patron is HRH Prince Charles, who took over the role from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.
All the actors and stage managers we support are unable to work because of their health, an injury or old age. Their ages range from their 20s to 90s. See below for more information.
Many receive help managing their household expenses, including a regular weekly payment and contributions towards bills. From time to time, we're also able to help with larger, one-off payments, such as disability aids or kitchen appliances. We also offer benefits advice, to ensure they are getting all the support they're entitled to. But, perhaps most importantly, we offer a friendly support service to make sure they know they're still a part of the acting community.