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.

HOLLI DEMPSEY (DR WHO/DADS ARMY)

Holli is best known for her appearances in major British TV series such as; Doctor Who, Derek, Tracey Beaker Returns, The Aliens and The Ice Cream Girls, to name a few. She played Pike's girlfriend Vera in the recent film remake of Dad's Army, starring alongside Catherine Zeta Jones and the rest of the star studded cast.

She is currently working on some very exciting projects for TV which will be aired in the UK and worldwide.

EILEEN ROBERTS (Star Wars)

Eileen left drama school in the late 60’s and did some work for the BBC using her stage name, Eileen Bellson.  She then accepted a job to double for Jane Seymore on the Bond movie Live & Let Die at Pinewood Studios, New Orleans and Jamaica.

This led to Eileen to work on many more movies but none more memorable and iconic than Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope (1977). She played the white Mosep in the Mos Eisley Street and Astronaut Cantina scenes.  Eileen’s photographs also show her resting behind the scenes wearing large sunglasses, having had her large claustrophobic Mosep head removed. There are many funny and interesting stories she has to tell so be sure to chat to her at Derby Comic Con.

MARK DEXTER (From Hell - Ripper Street)

Mark Dexter is among Britain's busiest and most prolific actors, with a body of work stretching across all genres and over three decades.

TV viewers will know him for a wide range of shows including 'Doctor Who' (in both 'Silence In The Library' & 'Forest of the Dead'), 'Ripper Street' (in which he played the principle villain in the first ever episode), 'Red Dwarf' (as Rimmer's brother 'Howard'), '24: Live another Day', 'The Bletchley Circle', 'Mr Selfridge', 'New Blood', and the recent Channel 4 film 'Coalition' in which he received wide acclaim for his portrayal of Prime Minister David Cameron.

His movie credits include the 2001 Jack The Ripper based horror classic 'From Hell', and in 2017 he will be seen in war drama 'The Exception', as well as appearing in the latest instalment of the billion dollar franchise – 'Transformers: The Last Knight'.

He also has an extensive list of theatre credits including numerous shows across The West End and on Broadway, starring alongside the likes of Kevin Spacey and Kristin Scott Thomas, as well as being directed by Sam Mendes and Sir Trevor Nunn.

LACHLAN NIEBOER (Downton Abbey/Torchwood)

Lachlan Nieboer is an English film and television actor. He is best known for playing blind Lieutenant Edward Courtenay in the ITV hit television series Downton Abbey and Slater in the complex psychological thriller ‘Identicals’.

Lachlan's first job out of drama school was the role of Captain Jack Harkness' brother Gray in the BBC hit television series Torchwood. He then went on to play the role of Lord Brandon Perry in the film biopic Vivaldi the Red Priest.

In 2011, Lachlan played the tragic, suicidal character of Lieutenant Edward Courtenay in the second series of Downton Abbey, working alongside Jessica Brown-Findlay and Rob James-Collier. He then starred as Captain Davenport in the Norwegian feature film Cross of Honour (originally Into the White), a Second World War drama based on a true story about British and German pilots who, having shot each other down, are forced to share a cabin in the mountains.

In 2012, he played the sinister character of Dominic in Mike Figgis's suspense thriller Suspension of Disbelief . He featured briefly as the character of Ted in Fredrik Bond's Charlie Countryman. He then went on to play the small part of the arrogant banker Alain Allanic in the English-language French police television series Jo, opposite Jean Reno. In 2015, he stars in the independent thriller The Unfolding, playing the lead role of a young researcher in psychical events who is drawn into a terrifying confrontation with an evil spirit, which was selected for London FrightFest 2015.

Most recently, he stared in Identicals, a psychological thriller exploring the nature of identity. Working with Bafta Award-winning director Simon Pummell, he plays the lead role of Slater, alongside Nora-Jane Noone. The World Premiere was at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 20 June 2015 and the film was nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film.

Alongside his film and television work, Lachlan has worked at the National Theatre and also starred in the latest Heineken and Mercedes advertising campaigns.

JOHN NURSALL - ITV's BIG HEADS

Cosplayer and ICC head John Nursall is set to grace your TV sets this Spring on ITV's Big Heads. John first appearance was on May 7th hosted by Jason Manford and Jenny Powell. Catch John at Derby Comic Con.

DAVID STONE (Star Wars)

After attending Actors Workshop, David Stone was cast in many films – these included The STUD (with Joan Collins), and two major Star Wars films, Return of the Jedi and A New Hope.

The roles in Star Wars saw him playing WIOSLEA IN ANH, led to him doubling for Mark Hamill, and not to forget the B wing Pilot IN ROTJ.

He left acting later in life to run a holiday complex in Devon, which has since been sold and enables him to participate at conventions, which we are truly grateful for.

CLEM SO (Dr Strange- Guardians of the Galaxy – Dr Who)

Clem So Born in Liverpool in 1962, and is a trained artist by trade. Having initially began working as a background artist on Keanu Reeve's Japanese historic fantasy film 47 Ronin in 2011 to supplement his art career, Clem has gone on to build invaluable experience in the film industry having worked on over 25 major feature films to date and numerous TV shows.

Clem has become a featured and in demand face, having appeared in seven episodes of Doctor Who, notably as the Mandarin Clockwork Droid in Peter Capaldi's first episode as the Doctor, Deep Breath.

Other appearances include a Kyln prisoner in Marvel's hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, a crime boss in James Bond ‘Spectre’, a resistance fighter in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and most recently the Protector of the Hong Kong Sanctum in Marvel’s new blockbuster ‘Doctor Strange’.

CLAIRE GUTTERIDGE (SHERLOCK/DR WHO)

Claire has been working from her base in Cardiff, UK for the last five years, working in both TV and Film. She started as an SA in background roles and has recently gained featured roles.

She has recently appeared, as Sherlock’s Holmes younger mother in the Series 4 finale – “The Final Problem”, adding a new character from Sherlock’s younger years to the Sherlock cast. This is proving a popular addition to Comic Cons for 2017.

Claire has worked on various productions, including 3 appearances on Doctor Who, one as a prosthetic alien, BBC Casualty, including an appearance as a full facial prosthetic character , Da Vinci’s Demons, BBC Thirteen, The Casual Vacancy (JK Rowling) and most recently a film set for distribution in 2017. She has also worked on TV commercial and corporate videos.

Claire has a special interest in female prosthetic alien/ monster / special effect make up roles, which she hopes to continue to develop in 2017.

Claire has also worked on crew, giving her invaluable insight into the TV and Film industry. She has worked alongside and under direction with Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston, Michael Gambon and of course Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Gatiss.

TREVOR BUTTERFIELD (Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Harry Potter)

Trevor started in the film industry in 1978 and worked on such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark,Flash Gordon and most famously The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi as a background artist.

Some of the notable characters Trevor portrayed in those films were an Imperial Officer and a stormtrooper in The Empire Strikes Back and also in Return of the Jedi Trevor portrayed the bounty hunter ' Bossk ', a stormtrooper, a Calamari warrior, Lieutenant Blount and the Rancor keeper's assistant Giran .

Soon After working on ROTJ Trevor then decided that he wanted to work in Special Effects which was always his main goal, having been lucky enough to work on some big films in that field including Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Aliens and the Harry Potter films.

DEBORAH WATLING (DR WHO) - CANCELLED DUE TO ILL HEALTH

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

CANCELLED DUE TO ILL HEALTH

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) - Cancelled due to work commitments - Mark Lester.

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.

Cancelled due to work commitments - Mark Lester.

 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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