Guests

Over the coming months we'll be listing all of the show guests and appearances on this page so keep checking back regularly.

Please note all guests are subject to work and professional commitments.  In some cases guests may cancel with little warning.

DEBORAH WATLING (DR WHO)

Deborah was born on 2nd January, 1948, in Loughton, Essex. She grew up in an acting family, with dad, Jack and mother Patricia (Hicks) both established actors. Her brother Giles, and sisters Dilys and Nicola, also went into the business.

At the age of nine Deborah got the part of Sally, niece to The Invisible Man. Also around the same time, Deborah filmed an episode of William Tell (“The Spider”), which became her first televised appearance– preceding The Invisible Man by about two weeks.

Deborah’s big break came in 1965, when she landed the lead role in Play For Today: “The Life Of Lewis Carroll”, playing Alice– it also saw her on the cover of The Radio Times.

Many other roles followed, including Calf Love with Warren Mitchell, The Power Game and This Man Craig— both of which starred her father, Jack Watling– Out Of The Unknown with Mark Eden, Mister Misfit, and No Hiding Place, as well as further theatre work in Monique.

In 1967 Deborah got her next big, iconic role, when she landed the part of Victoria Waterfield in Doctor Who. She got the role, apparently, after Innes LLoyd saw her on the cover of the Radio Times. Once again, Deborah appeared opposite her father in two of the stories: “The Abominable Snowman” and “The Web Of Fear,” both featuring the Yeti.

Heading into the 1970s, Deborah appeared in The Newcomers, followed by many theatre roles, including A Bequest To The Nation, Not In Front Of The Parents, The Wizard Of Oz, Lloyd George Knew My Father and There’s A Girl In My Soup.

Two episodes of Doctor In Charge in 1972 were followed the next year by two movies, playing opposite David Essex and Cliff Richards in That’ll Be The Day and Take Me High.

In 1978 appearances in Rising Damp and Lillie were followed by one of Deborah’s most memorable TV characters, Naughty Norma. 1979 saw Danger UXB come to our screens, and gave Deborah a part she could really get her teeth into! Her theatre work continued throughout the 1980s.

Deborah returned to the character of Victoria Waterfield in the 1990s when in 1993 she appeared in the Children in Need Doctor Who episode “Dimensions In Time,” and, two years later, in the independent production, Downtime— again featuring Jack Watling, and bringing back the Yeti.

In 2000, she made an independent film called Possessions, and toured in Out Of Order. Frinton Summer Seasons, run by her family, followed including Heat Stroke, Come Bang Your Tambourine and Murder By The Book, and later Ghosts.
2017 see Deborah celebrating 50 years of playing Victoria Waterfield in Doctor Who (27th May 1967).

More info: www.deborahwatling.net

JOSEPHINE GILLAN

Josephine Gillan shot to fame in her role of Marei the prostitute in Lord Peter Baelish’s brother in the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Featuring in the second, third fourth, fifth and sixth series she has become a firm fan favourite.

You can catch her now at Derby Comic Con this June.

ROSS O'HENNESSY (Game of Thrones)

Ross is a well known active actor who is just about to film with Scott Adkins in the action comic ' The Accident Man', but we know him more for his epic role in Game of Thrones as ‘Lord of the Bones’.

Ross O'Hennessy is an actor who has appeared as ' Rattleshirt - The Lord of bones.' in Game of Thrones, Barbier in the BBC musketeers, Sir Locke in Kurt Sutter’s brutal TV series ' The Bastard Executioner, ' Commander Quattrone in David S Goyer's ' Da Vinci's Demons ' and Sgt Johnson in Torchwood.

MARK LESTER (Oliver Twist)

Mark attended stage school in London, England as a young child and made his film debut in The Counterfeit Constable (1964) at the age of six. He made countless TV appearances and became very well known in England.

Worldwide fame developed as a result of his portrayal of a stuttering child in Our Mother's House (1967). The film that really sticks in our mind though is Oliver (1968). The producers auditioned 250 child actors for the title role and finally chose him. Many roles for TV, film and stage followed. His last major film was Crossed Swords (1977).

Mark was coaxed back to acting, for the first time in over 30 years, in 2012 as King Harold in a historical drama, 1066, about the Norman conquest of England in the year 1066.

He now lives with his wife and two children in England.

 IAN RICHARDSON

Ian Richardson is comic book artist & illustrator living in Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

With a work history that has included Ian working for publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, Zenescope, 2000AD, Marvel UK, Image Comics, G.I. Joe Collectors Magazine & many others!

Currently working on cover art for many different series at Zenescope Entertainment every month, plus all art for the soon to be released series The Unthinkables from Guardian Knight/Antarctic Press. You can find Ian's art from many series such as Red Agent, Death Force, Grimm's Fairy Tales & Evil Heroes from Zenescope Entertainment, Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter & Future Shocks from 2000ad & The Megazine, Halo from Dark Horse Comics, Noble Causes from Image Comics & a variety of stories & characters at Marvel UK.

For more information you can find Ian at: http://pencilsandstrings.deviantart.com & http://facebook.com/RicoIllustration

HUGH SPIGHT

STAR Wars made Harrison Ford one of Hollywood's most famous actors but it left one local puppeteer behind.

In 1982 Hugh Spight spent six weeks at Elstree Studios filming with the star in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. But he believes his chance at fame was shot down when his name was misspelled during the credits, renaming him Hugh Spirit. He said: "I don't know how it happened, its a bit of a mystery. I was a bit gutted really. We were in the cinema with everybody that I knew, and I saw it come up and just thought 'Oh no!'."

 Spight, 67, played several background roles in the film - a pig-like Gamorian guard, a Mon Calamari fish creature and an Elom monster. Originally trained in ballet dancing, Mr Spight made it on to the Star Wars set after he was spotted next door on the set of Muppet-creator Jim Henson's movie The Dark Crystal.

"At the end of Dark Crystal filming they asked a couple of us if we would look at coming on their set, so a few of us did. I was just in the right place at the right time and with the right skills." Mr Spight's biggest role is as the Gamorrian guard who escorts Mr Ford's character Han Solo into captivity.

He said: "We were on Jabba the Hutt's barge and in those scenes I was the one who had my hand on the shoulder of Harrison Ford.”We had to take him down to the dungeon.''

Now, more than 30 years after the film was released, Star Wars fans have finally tracked Mr Spight down. Mr Spight is in hot demand on the Comiccon circuit! Thousands of fans all over the world want to get Hugh's signature.

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