Beadle was a Trust Patron of The Philip Green Memorial Trust, and he annually hosted a quiz party to raise money for disadvantaged children.
Beadle was Patron of Reach, an organisation providing support and advice for children in the UK with hand or arm deficiencies, and their parents.
His mother worked as a secretary to help pay to raise him. Beadle did not enjoy school, and was frequently in trouble. He was eventually expelled from his secondary school, Orpington County Secondary Boys' School.
Beadle had Poland syndrome and was noted for being one of the first TV presenters with a visible disability, manifested as a disproportionately small right hand.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.