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 "Stage player", "One on stage", "Theatre player", "A thespian", "Cruise, e.g.", "Theatrical player", "Performer on stage", "Person performing on stage or screen", "Player on stage" and "Theatrical performer".)