£28,080 Average salary at age 20
£58,240 Average Salary
43 Average hours per week


Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.

Main Tasks

  • Studies script, play or book and prepares and rehearses interpretation;
  • Assumes character created by a playwright or author and communicates this to an audience;
  • Performs singing, comedy, acrobatic, illusion and conjuring routines;
  • Trains animals to perform entertaining routines and may perform with them;
  • Introduces and presents radio and television programmes, reads news bulletins and makes announcements;
  • Conducts interviews and prepares reports for news broadcasts, current affairs programmes and documentaries;
  • Plays pre-recorded music at nightclubs, discotheques, and private functions.


Entry does not depend on academic qualifications although some drama schools require candidates to have GCSEs/S grades or A levels/H grades or a degree. Entry can be based upon an audition. Membership of the appropriate trade union is usually required. NVQs/SVQs in performing arts are available.

What Actors, entertainers and presenters studied in higher education

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What Actors, entertainers and presenters studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies2
(C1) Biology1
(W1) Fine art1
(W3) Music11
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(Q3) English studies2
(W4) Drama61
(J9) Others in technology1
(P5) Journalism1
(V5) Philosophy1
(N1) Business studies1
(P3) Media studies2
(V1) History by period1
(W5) Dance3

UK Prospects

43200 Workforce Size
0.51% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
6372 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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