Landing at our Spaceport in March will be Legendary actresses, actors, writers and special effects such as:
ROSS MULLAN is originally from Montreal, Canada, and now lives in the UK. He began his performing career working mostly in mask and physical theatre companies and then began writing his own material and playing clubs and bars doing comedy. He then started working in theatre doing National and International tours of shows such as East of Eden, David Copperfield, Christmas Carol and Sherlock Holmes. Ross is also an established Puppeteer and voice over artist having trained with Jim Henson’s company many years ago. He is the voice and spirit behind Nev the Bear on CBBC’s Bear Behaving Badly. Ross is most recognisable as the evil Numbertaker from Cbeebies’ hit show Numberjacks. He uses his 6’4” height to good effect as the WhiteWalker on HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Silence and The Teller on Doctor Who and in Clash of the Titans he plays Pemphredo, one of the three blind Stygian witches.
IAN WHYTE was born in Bangor, North Wales and brought up in Brighton. In 2004, his physical attributes (he is 7’1” tall!), his mental toughness and flair for the theatrical made him the perfect man to play the part of the iconic Predator in Alien Vs. Predator, to critical acclaim. Ian went on to develop his reputation as a talented physical actor by performing stunts for Francis De La Tour as the 8’ 6" tall Madame Maxime, Head Mistress of the Beauxbatons Academy in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In 2007 Ian reprised the role of the Predator in AVP: Requiem, and in 2010 reprised the character of Madame Maxime in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Ian continues to play fearsome horror, fantasy and science fiction characters and is highly regarded as one of the finest, most talented and dedicated costume actors in the business. He has also recently come to prominence playing dramatic parts, most notably in the as yet unreleased Harrigan directed by Vince Woods, a stylish, gritty police drama set against the dark backdrop of 1970’s Britain. He also appears as the fearsome and sinister Gregor Clegane, ‘The Mountain that Rides’, in the second season of Game of Thrones.
WILLIAM HOPE was born in Montreal, and joined the National Youth Theatre in London after high school and performed for three seasons with them. During that time he began training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After graduation he worked almost uninterruptedly in theatre for the next seven years, in addition to over 100 radio plays for the BBC as a resident artist. In the mid 80’s he was offered a major role in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket but passed on it for a lead in James Cameron’s Aliens (1986) as Lt. Gorman. The next ten years saw him regularly playing leading roles in many major regional, touring and West End companies, often living in London as a base for family, while he began working more extensively in front of the camera. The last five years has seen him appearing in a wide mix of film and TV. His career to date includes art and indie films, mainstream international TV and numerous major Hollywood movies. Work includes: Scanners (1981), Hellbound: Hellraiser II(1988), Aliens vs Predator II Computer Game (2001) and numerous other Alienfranchise games, XxX (2002), Labyrinth (2003), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Episodes (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Spooks (2011), Spiders 3D (2013) and Thunderbirds are Go (2015).
ADAM BROWN is an English actor, who was born in Hungerford, Berkshire. Adam’s first film role came when he was cast as the dwarf Ori in the three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. He is co-founder of the comedy writing/performing team - ‘Plested and Brown’. Shows include; Carol Smillie Trashed my Room, The Reconditioned Wife Show, Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo, Hot Pursuit, Minor Spectacular, Health & Stacey and The Perfect Wife Roadshow. With ‘Plested and Brown’ he has toured the UK as well as performing at Festivals in Armenia, South Korea and New Zealand. With the rest of the ‘Plested and Brown’ team (Amanda Wilsher and Clare Plested) he has worked with David Sant (Peepolykus), Phelim McDermot (Improbable) and Cal McCrystal (Mighty Boosh) and of course Pirates of the Caribbean.
Christopher Judge -Teal’c in Stargate SG-1.
Christopher has also appeared in Andromeda, Stargate Atlantis, The Mentalist, and as one of Bane’s henchmen in The Dark Knight Rises.
Hugh Quarshie - Star Wars Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
We’re also delighted to welcome Hugh Quarshie, an actor and director, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Highlander (1986), Doctor Who (2007), Jason and the Argonauts (2000), Red Dwarf (1983) and The Tomorrow People (1992) amongst many other genre credits.
Steven Savile - Bestselling writer
Now living and working in Sweden, Steven has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Stargate, Warhammer, Slaine, Fireborn, Pathfinder, Arkham Horror, Risen, and other popular game and comic worlds. His novels have been published in eight languages to date, including the Italian bestseller L'eridita. Silver, his debut thriller, was one of the UK's top 30 bestselling novels of 2011 according to The Bookseller. The series continues in Crucible, Solomon's Seal, WarGod, Lucifer's Machine, Shining Ones and Argo, all published by Snowbooks, and is available in a variety of languages.
Telos Publishing will also be hosting a launch for the superb debut horror novel, Diviner, from Dawn Harris, an author whose work has been described by Ramsey Campbell as ‘a psychic nightmare that gives us uncanny glimpses of the truth and snares us with a web of mystery before revealing the dark side of a favourite myth’, and by Graham Masterton as ‘the debut of a shining and unusual new writing talent’. Dawn will also be appearing at the event.
Alistair Petrie - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Actor Alistair Petrie will also be with us. As well as Rogue One, Alistair has appeared in Jonathan Creek (1998), Cloud Atlas (2012), Sherlock (2014) and Utopia (2014).
GEOFF PORTASS is a prosthetics and make-up artist who came to prominence for his work on Highlander (1986), Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). He has also worked on Lifeforce (1985), Nightbreed (1990), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), and the Messiah (2001) and Children of Dune (2003) TV series’. Geoff will be joining us to talk effects and make-up and to discuss his work with Clive Barker on the various projects they worked on together.
MARK CORDORY returns to SFW with more talk of special props and gadgets for Doctor Who and others. Mark is a designer, props and puppet maker in the TV and film industry. He worked on productions such as Knightmare, Torchwood, Fireman Sam and The Corpse Bride, he also designed and made Eddie for Iron Maiden.
ANDREW LAWDEN is known for his work on Prime Suspect 1973 (2017), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Top Boy (2011). While working on Star Wars (as stand-in for Liam Neeson’s character Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and also as a Naboo Royal Guard) he learned how to fight with Light Sabers, and developed his Jedi Fighting tutorial workshops which he has brought to conventions across the world. He will be presenting several fighting tutorials at SFW and details of how to sign up will be available on the day.
Kevin J Anderson
As usual, SFW9 will also see a host of author guests, and leading the charge is best-selling author Kevin J Anderson. With over 50 bestsellers to his name, Kevin has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E. and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequel series. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books, including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in collaboration with Tom Veitch, Dark Horse Predator titles, and The X-Files titles for Topps. Some of Anderson’s superhero novels include Enemies & Allies, about the first meeting of Batman and Superman, and The Last Days of Krypton, telling the story of how Superman’s planet Krypton came to be destroyed. Kevin has published over 120 titles, and he has more than 23 million books in print worldwide.
GRAHAM MASTERTON is probably the biggest writer of horror currently working in the UK. His many novels include The Manitou (which was filmed in 1978), Family Portrait, The Doorkeepers, Ghost Music and Plague of the Manitou. He has also written many thrillers, family sagas, Crime, movie tie-ins and even sex instruction books. He’s a former editor of Mayfair and Penthouse Magazine and has had work adapted for television in Tony Scott’s The Hunger series.
LAURA LAM is one of the UK’s brightest Young Adult authors. Originally from sunny California, Laura now lives in cloudy Scotland. She is the author of BBC Radio 2 Book Club selection False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, as well as the award-winning Micah Grey series Pantomime, Shadowplay, and Masquerade. Her short fiction and essays have also appeared in anthologies such as Nasty Women, Solaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, and more. She lectures part-time at Napier University in Edinburgh on the Creative Writing MA.
GEORGE MANN is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist and scriptwriter. He’s the author of the Newbury & Hobbes Victorian mystery series, as well as four novels about a 1920s vigilante known as The Ghost. He’s also written bestselling Doctor Who novels, new adventures for Sherlock Holmes and the supernatural crime series, Wychwood. His comic writing includes extensive work on Doctor Who, Dark Souls (based on the massively popular video games), Warhammer 40,000 and a creator-owned series based on Newbury & Hobbes, as well Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for younger readers. He’s written audio scripts for Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Sherlock Holmes, Warhammer 40,000 and more, and for a handful of high-profile iOS games. As Editor he’s assembled four anthologies of original Sherlock Holmes fiction, as well as multiple volumes of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction and The Solaris Book of New Fantasy.
BRYONY PEARCE is back at SFW after her staggering win at Just a Minute in Sheffield, determined to defend her title! Bryony studied English Literature at Cambridge University and after working in London for a few years she dedicated her time to writing. Her novel Angel’s Fury was longlisted for the Bransford Boase Award and won both the Leeds Book Award and the Cheshire Schools Book Award.
RAVEN DANE, popular author of dark fantasy and steampunk novels. With an Irish mother and Welsh father Raven is a true child of the Celtic Twilight! She started her career in writing as a journalist working for UK national magazines. The fictional bug bit her in the 1990s and she moved into writing novels. Her first books were published by DA in the 2000s, and she now has many titles in print. She contributed a story to the Doctor Who spin-off film, White Witch of Devil’s End (Reeltime Pictures, 2017) which featured stories about the life of Olive Hawthorne, a character from the 1971 Doctor Who story ‘The Daemons’. She is also a professional horse breeder, trainer and judge, specialising in Iberian horses. She has trained many horses, actors and stunt performers for film and TV and the results of her work can be seen in Dragonheart and First Knight amongst others. She enjoys amateur dramatics, comedy roles and pantomimes. She is an accomplished speaker and attends many events and festivals around the world to talk about writing.
BANDS AND DJ’S
SFW isn’t just about the guests though … oh no … and continuing the great tradition of entertainment at every opportunity, we have the following people, acts and events already lined up and rehearsing like crazy for the event, and more to come, all to ensure that we bring you the biggest, the best, and the most amazing and awe-inspiring event ever seen!
It wouldn’t be SFW without a bit of Prof! Returning with a full set, and hosting throughout the weekend. He embodies the event, enjoying it just as much as everyone loves to have him there.
BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP
Founded in 1958, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators. In a series of small studios within the labyrinthine corridors of the BBC Maida Vale complex, the Workshop explored new ways of using – and abusing – sound. Following their epic and show-stopping appearance in 2016, the world-famous sonic pioneers return to SFW9 to perform their renowned soundtracks, including the iconic Doctor Who theme. Witness original Workshop members joining together for an incredible live performance of their truly groundbreaking work.
DARTH ELVIS AND THE IMPERIALS
Darth Elvis & The Imperials are a Star Wars themed Elvis and rock ‘n’ roll parody band from Viva Mos Eisley. In 1977 Elvis didn't die: he turned to the dark side of the Force and ever since he has been playing music venues around the Outer Rim Territory. Having already (jail house) rocked the house at SFW they already have a big following and have been requested for a big return this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YzSIvg3e8M
Blues Harvest has built up a cult following through their diverse song choices from the world of movies, TV and a few guilty pleasures along the way. With set highlights including music from Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more, Blues Harvest is the perfect band to celebrate the sci-fi, comics and fantasy genres. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71lDjCnc3gM
Level Up LEROY
A must have return after his storming first set at the Weekender in 2017. His use of video and perfect reading of what the crowd wants in his set have made him a popular favourite for return. https://www.facebook.com/djleroy.mix/videos/10154480662585857/
Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Greig plays the laser harp and other nerdy instruments. His performance is visual with lasers filling the room as he plays his music.
LIVE INTERACTIVE THEATRE / VIDEO GAME SHOWS
JOHN ROBERTSON (THE DARK ROOM)
Calling all Darren’s!! It’s hard to miss how The Dark Room stole the show at the Weekender this year. Expect to see a lot more of John at SFW9 – be sure to bring a potato and prepare to DIE, DIE, DIE all over again… and let’s see if we can progress a little further than screen 9 of the game this time shall we? (There are over a hundred!)
POP UP PUPPET CINEMA
Riotously successful last time around. Punch & Judy meets Hollywood as Pop-up Puppet Cinema perform adaptations of your favourite movies, lovingly mocked and condensed into a short live show. Returning with 2 new movie adaptations for your delectation..
The MMORPG show combines improvised comedy with table top gaming, in an epic sprawling open world. Entirely made up fantasy quest of the audiences own devising. From the makers of Knightmare Live, made to be the antithesis of Knightmare, in that it’s manned by only a single person and only need a very simple stage and a larger than life 20 sided dice. Lots of audience interaction, Very witty, very Geeky. KNIGHTMARE LIVE The critically acclaimed stage adaptation of the cult TV show. Every show will be different, every quest unique. Multiple dungeoneers take part in the interactive show and the quest is formed from the object ‘obtained’ from the audience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VucZez0k2s CABARET
THE MIGHTY MOUSTACHE – GENTLEMAN STRONGMAN
Please allow me to respectfully introduce the one and only Sir Leopold Aleksander. Sportsman, strongman, circus artist, adventurer and all round paragon of gentlemanly conduct. ‘The Path To Victory!’, his lecture on gaining the necessary attributes of the true gentleman, will amaze, astound and amuse any audience.
MERLIN CADOGAN – ESCAPOLOGIST
Merlin has over 15 years of experience in escapology. He also incorporates comedy and a whole host of skills into his shows. He performs the world’s only underwater juggling escape routine – which got him through to the finals of BGT and garnered a 10 out of 10 from Angel of Darkness Simon Cowell! COMPUTER GAMING / ACTIVITIES RETRO COMPUTER MUSEUM Providing retro games for all to play for free. Always a popular and busy area of SFW.
JEDI TRAINING ACADEMY
This time we’ll be replacing those poor battered drones with an actual robot – so prepare to level up all you Jedi’s! Tech wizard Luis Villazon is hard at work on a real live battle droid that will become your undoing. Keep your lightsabres primed!
Our Cosplay section is yet to be finalized – but expect some huge announcements and a plethora of special guests once again. Plus we’ll be overhauling the competition for everybody’s benefit!
On top of all this, we are working on a stellar line-up of comic and graphic artists for THE STRIP CLUB; there’s another FILM PREMIERE being lined up, complete with cast and crew in attendance; traders are waiting in the wings to bring you the best in geek merchandise, books, comics, toys, artwork, CDs and whatever else takes your fancy; we have BOOK LAUNCHES already planned from Telos and Snow Books, with more publishers being courted to see if we can entice them to North Wales. We’re delighted to announce that the team from WARLORD GAMES will be in attendance. Warlord produce gaming accessories for a variety of tabletop games, including a superb Doctor Who range Into The Time Vortex, and a Science Fiction game system called Beyond The Gates of Antares, a science-fiction tabletop wargame written by 40k author Rick Priestley, that pitches technologically advanced human civilisations into a conflict for the undiscovered systems that lie through the gates. So make sure you visit their tables to discuss strategy and tactics, and to take part in some tabletop skirmishes! We have Retro Computer Games, board games.