Brinsworth House
The building in October 2014
General information
Address72 Staines Road
Town or cityTwickenham, London
Coordinates51°26′38″N 0°20′57″W / 51.4439°N 0.3492°W / 51.4439; -0.3492
OwnerRoyal Variety Charity

Brinsworth House is a residential and nursing retirement home for theatre and entertainment professionals[1] on Staines Road, Twickenham, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England. The house is owned and run by the Royal Variety Charity and has 36 bedrooms, six living rooms, a library, an in-house bar and stage, and a staff of 64. It is set in five acres (two hectares) of land.


Brinsworth House in March 2007

Brinsworth House was built in 1850; it opened as a retirement home in 1911.[1]

The theatre architect Frank Matcham, in 1912, designed a wing at the house free of charge in aid of the fund. Work commenced in June and was completed in October.[2]

The house is owned and maintained by the Royal Variety Charity, which was founded in 1908 to care for members of, what was at that time, the variety and music hall profession. The charity and the house are funded by the Royal Variety Performance, by voluntary donations and, since 2007, by part-proceeds from phone voting from ITV Network's Britain's Got Talent.[1]


Previous celebrity residents have included:

Current residents include:

See also


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  2. ^ History of Brinsworth House, Royal Variety Charity, accessed 12 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b O'Sullivan, Kyle (22 May 2021). "Where UK Eurovision entrants are now". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d Cacciottolo, Mario (1 March 2007). "The show goes on for retired stars". BBC News. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Roy Fox Biography". Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Meghan meets retired artists and entertainers at Royal Variety care home". Shropshire Star. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  7. ^ "Captain Birds Eye actor dies, 86". BBC News. BBC. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  8. ^ de Menezes, Jack (24 May 2013). "British wrestling great Mick McManus dies aged 93". The Independent. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  9. ^ Kilvington, Joanna (24 June 2010). "Entertainer Alf Pearson reaches 100". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Edna's 'bridesmaid' dies at 100". BBC News. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  11. ^ Leigh, Spencer (22 January 2015). "Ronnie Ronalde: Music hall artiste famous for his whistling and yodelling". The Independent. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Mike Yarwood, comedian and impersonator, dies aged 82". BBC News. 8 September 2023. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  13. ^ "Richard O'Sullivan and Mike Yarwood at Brinsworth House where they are residents". Retrieved 10 September 2023.