For over 140 years, the 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. Following a review of the Royal Patronages, we are extremely proud and honoured to announce that His Majesty King Charles III will continue to be our Patron. His Majesty King Charles III is incredibly supportive of the acting and theatrical profession and has always gone above and beyond to help the vital work we do at the Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) during his 24 years as Patron. His Majesty even recorded a poem in support of the ABF during the pandemic, a particularly difficult time for those working in the industry. You can find the poem here:



Age range of people helped by the ABF in 2018


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. 



I can never thank you enough for your support through my difficult times. You make such a huge difference to me, I never feel alone. You have all been so very kind.
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If you'd like to apply for support due to injury, illness, or old age, please apply here.