Honorary Life Membership of Tony Robinson and Mary Lane
24 May 2016
The actor and TV presenter was presented with the title at Equity’s Annual Representative Conference to recognise the decades he has spent campaigning for the union.
Robinson has been an Equity member for 54 years, having first joined in 1962, and served as vice president from 1996 to 2000.
Equity president Malcolm Sinclair said Robinson had used his “considerable fame and success” to “support his fellow artists and what they do”.
He also highlighted that Robinson oversaw a major restructure of the union while he was vice president, and helped turn the union’s then £500,000 deficit into a “small surplus”.
A tearful Robinson told the conference he was “so moved” to receive the award, and spoke highly of his fellow members who “helped build the union into what it is today”.
He added: “I’m so flattered that you’ve honoured me today, and those of you who were with me on that struggle, who haven’t yet received this honour, please share this with me today.”
The conference also saw a second honorary life membership awarded to performer Mary Lane, who is the union’s variety, circus and entertainments councillor.