|Key people||Christine Payne, general secretary|
Harry Landis, president
Equity (formerly British Actors' Equity Association) is the actors' trade union in the United Kingdom. Year 1930 ( MCMXXX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The Trades Union Congress (TUC is a national trade union centre, a federation of Trade unions in the United Kingdom, representing the majority of trade The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC is the co-ordinating body of trade unions, and local Trades Councils in Scotland. Harry Landis (born in Stepney, London, England in 1929 is a British Actor. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A trade union or labour union is an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals in key areas such as wages hours and working conditions forming It was formed in 1930 by a group of West End performers. West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre staged in the large theatres of London 's "Theatreland" Equity is the British counterpart of several American unions, including Actors' Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, embracing all of their jurisdictions in a single union. Template talkInfobox Union for usage --> The Actors' Equity Association (AEA commonly referred to as Actors' Equity The Screen Actors Guild ( SAG) is an American labor union representing over 120000 Film and television principal performers and background The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA is a performers' union that represents a wide variety of talent including actors in radio and television as well as radio
Equity was the last of the closed shop unions. In North America a closed shop is a Business or industrial factory in which union membership (often of a specific union and no other is This was made illegal in 1981; it is now no longer a requirement that a professional actor be a member of Equity.  
Equity can only have one actor with any particular name on its books. This has resulted in several stage names, such as David Jason (born David White), David Walliams (born David Williams) and Simon Gregson (born 'Simon Gregory')
Equity has been heavily criticised by up and coming actors. Sir David John White OBE, known by his Stage name David Jason (born 2 February 1940 is an English Actor, known David Walliams (born David Williams, August 20, 1971) is an English Comedian and Actor, best known for his partnership Simon Gregson (born Simon Gregory on 2 October 1974 in Wythenshawe, Manchester) is an English actor and is a Sir Godfrey Tearle ( October 12 1884 - June 9 1953) was an American -born Actor who portrayed the quintissential Englishman Sir Lewis Thomas Casson MC ( 26 October 1875 &ndash 16 May 1969) was an English Actor and Theatre director Sir Felix Aylmer, OBE ( February 21, 1889 &ndash September 2, 1979) born Felix Edward Aylmer Jones, was a distinguished André Morell (20 August 1909 &ndash 28 November 1978 sometimes credited as Andre Morell) was a British actor Derek William Douglas Bond MC (26 January 1920&ndash15 October 2006 was a popular British Actor. Harry Landis (born in Stepney, London, England in 1929 is a British Actor. One requirement of becoming part of Equity is to have paid experience in the entertainment industry. Most agents do not touch actors who are not part of Equity and therefore there is no way for an aspiring actor to get his/her foot on the ladder, unless they are born into a family which has connections. Equity has been described as "A Catch 22 Scenario. "
Under current rules, a British or American producer who wants to bring a British actor to New York must seek the approval of American Actors Equity, just as British Equity's approval is needed to bring an American actor to London. Template talkInfobox Union for usage --> The Actors' Equity Association (AEA commonly referred to as Actors' Equity In theory the two unions try to balance the exchange, but over the years it has been charged that the provisions for exchange have been unevenly applied. Many feel that the restrictions should be ended or loosened, while others feel differently, claiming that the flow of talent across the Atlantic is mostly one way, from East to West. While established stars are normally admitted automatically under common visa exceptions, the problem arises with non-star talent.
In 2008 Actors' Inequity, a spoof of the Actors' Equity website, was launched. The site offers an "Inequity Card" for performers to carry. In addition, Actors' Inequity offers free resources to non-union and non-paid actors - and to non-equity theatres. Actors' Inequity was criticized originally for supporting "unpaid actors" until it defined them (in its "About Inequity" section) as "developing actors and community players" (those who volunteer their time to community theaters). Realizing that all actors must start somewhere, the theatre community has now embraced the organization. In February, 2008, they touted more than 200 members.