ACT welcomes donations for our work. Every donation helps, and if you are a taxpayer we can claim Gift Aid on top. If you donate through our JustGiving account the Gift Aid can be claimed automatically. 

Legacies have been vital to ACT’s existence. Our charity has been honoured to receive gifts from Noël Coward, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, John Gielgud, Terence Rattigan, Richard Attenborough and many other actors and theatre-goers. Whether £1,000 or £100,000 a legacy is a wonderful unexpected boost to our grant-making for the children. If you include ACT in your Will please state the full name, “the Actors’ Children’s Trust, registered charity number 206809.” Thank you so much – your kindness makes a lasting difference.

ACT’s members are actors and theatre-lovers who support the charity with a £10 subscription each year, or £125 life membership. Members meet each autumn to elect ACT’s Trustees. Above all they are brilliant about spreading the word, and telling actors in need about our charity. We would love to welcome you as a member of ACT.  For more information please contact us at

Finances are so tight for drama students because we have evening and weekend engagements that often prevent us taking part-time jobs. I'd recommend every student with an actor-parent to ask ACT about grants.

Photograph of Phoebe Fox by Wolf Marloh

Here on behalf of somebody else?

We understand it is a big step to contact a charity. If you are looking at this on behalf of an actor friend, please do get in touch by phone or email. There is no need to tell us the actor’s name at this stage. We are friendly and our help is confidential.

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