About Us

So far, we have shared laughter and play with over







Our Ethos

We believe every child has the right to laugh and play.

Each year, we bring joy and laughter to children living in the most challenging places on earth.

Clowns Without

Borders UK was

founded in


and is a UK registered charity.

Our Clowns

Our artists are highly skilled professionals. They work across comedy, clowning, circus, physical theatre, drama, dance, music and facilitation. The common thread that ties us all together is a powerful belief that laughter, joy and play can make the world a more hopeful and peaceful place.

Many of the artists who volunteer with Clowns Without Borders also work in crisis zones, areas of natural disaster, prisons and hospitals. High levels of sensitivity and awareness are necessary to work effectively in these settings. And that is why our teams are experts in creating safe, joyful space where children feel welcome. We have a team of 21 artists and counting.


Our Trustees

Clowns Without Borders UK is run by a small administrative team, donating much of their time for free. Our artists also volunteer their time expertise for free. We are governed by a Board of Trustees.

Richard Baskott


Niki Charalampopoulou


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Tanya Glanville-Wallis


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David Lacey


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Dr Unni Krishnan


Wendy Lanchin


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Annabel Morgan


Ed King



The Team

We are a small team with a big impact.

We are meticulous about how we use every donation and make sure every penny works as hard as possible.

Samantha Holdsworth


Sam began her career as a facilitator and clown working in different community settings. She co-founded Nimble Fish in 2007, where she spent 12 years developing and delivering national and international cultural based events.


Sam founded Clowns Without Borders UK in 2014.

Halima Habil


Halima is a Romanian-Israeli-Moroccan producer, facilitator and clown. She developed theatre projects for social change in the UK, France, Morocco and Romania.


She is also a co-founder of the organisation In-Play, using play to string-figure connections between people.

Edward Morgan

Project Manager

Originally, from the UK, Edward grew up in Malawi and Swaziland. He finally found himself in Vigo, Spain where he founded the musical and visual arts festival, No Tengo Mama.


Edward consistently works on international projects with a focus operations, monitoring and safety.

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