Performer given gold by a court (5)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'performer' is the definition.
(actor is a kind of performer)
'gold by a court' is the subsidiary indication.
'gold' becomes 'or'.
'by' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'court' becomes 'ct'.
'or' put after 'act' is 'actor'.
'given' is the link.
(Other definitions for actor that I've seen before include "Films/stage worker", "ham", "Stage performer", "Gielgud, say", "For player", "Player on stage", "One taking part", "Croat (anag.)", "Star" and "Stage player".)