Guidance on intimacy, nudity and sex scenes
Intimacy and Nudity
Your rights when it comes to intimacy and nudity, and how to handle sex scenes at work.
Speak to Equity
If you have a question or concern about intimacy or nudity, call us on 020 7379 600 or speak to the Equity Official for your sector. Find their details on our contact us page.
Accessible word version coming soon.
Best practice guidelines
We know that performers have had concerns and worries when performing intimate scenes in the past. To ensure your welfare, Equity has worked closely with Intimacy for Stage and Screen (ISS) to develop a set of best practice guidelines. The guidelines provide advice and guidance for performers and allied technical workers.
No sex act should be requested at any audition. A performer should not be requested to undress in whole or in part unless a mutually agreed observer is present
Equity collective agreements are designed to keep members safe and comfortable when rehearsing or performing intimate or nude scenes. We build safeguards into collective agreements when we negotiate them with employers or production companies.
Nudity clauses vary across agreements. If you have a question about an agreement speak to the Equity Official for your sector. Find their contact details on our contact us page.
Issues related to intimacy and nudity
What to do if you are experiencing bullying or harassment in the workplace.
Your employer has a duty of care for your health and safety — both physical and mental.
Advice for those working in non-traditional or high risk workplaces.
All full Equity members are entitled to free legal advice regarding your work in the entertainment industry.
Advice on Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). NDAs should never prevent you from reporting sexual harassment or other inappropriate behaviour.
What to do if you're being harassed or sexually harassed.
Bectu Union's resources
- Bectu Intimacy Coordinators Branch - Networks of practitioners and guidances not linked to private companies.
- Bectu list of current Intimacy Guidelines (UK and Worldwide)
We will be publishing Bectu’s Intimacy guidance in May. This has been the written work of the full community including members from all UK organisations.
Private Companies offering resources, trainings and workshops in the UK
Equity guides and documents
We’re calling on everyone in the industry to work together to create a culture shift. The documents below outline the campaigns and resources created by Equity to support members on issues related to intimacy and nudity.
- Agenda for Change
Equity's manifesto for a safe working environment for all.
- Bullying and harassment guide
Equity's guidance on bullying and harassment.
- Casting questions card
What you can - and can’t - be asked in a casting.
- Manifesto for casting
Equity's guidance for best practice and what to expect during the casting process.