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TitanCon 2016 Game of Thrones Guests

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About Game of Thrones Guests

Because of the constantly changing nature of the production schedule for Game of Thrones we will only be able to announce our full line up of Game of Thrones guests a week or two before the convention. Rest assured that we are working hard to make announcements as soon as we possibly can and we are confident we'll have a great line up on the day. We are committed to not naming guests until we are completely sure that they will be in Belfast on that weekend and available to attend. We would hate to announce someone only for them to drop out when the schedule changes.

This is the downside of holding a convention like ours in the middle of the ongoing filming schedule however it does mean we can bring you a good number of guests for a much lower cost than it would be if we had to fly everyone in from all over the world during their down time. It worked out well for us at TitanCon 2011 when we were able to announce Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya) as guests just two weeks before the convention. In 2013 we had Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark), Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed) all confirm in the last week as being able to join us which led to an incredible panel on the Fall of House Stark. Last year Ian Beattie (Meryn Trant) confirmed just 3 days before the convention that he was able to attend. You never know who might show up on the day!

Dominic Carter ~ Janos Slynt

Autograph: £15

Janos Slynt

Janos Slynt during his brief time as a member of the Night's Watch. © HBO 2014

Janos Slynt was by no means the most reviled character in Game of Thrones (fans will be arguing about whether Joffrey or Ramsay was worse for years to come), but he didn't really have much in the way of redeeming qualities. He was a disgraceful, arrogant and corrupt man who would committ any action given to him by his superiors, without hesitation, without remorse and without honour. It can't be easy playing a character like that but Dominic Carter did a fine job of portraying this cowardly, self serving bully.

He first appeared in season one as the commander of the King's Landing city watch, known as the Goldcloaks. It was Janos that betrayed Eddard Stark and arrested him in the throne room under the orders of his paymaster Littlefinger. Then in season two Janos is exiled to The Wall to join the Night's Watch by order of Tyrion Lannister as punishment for killing off all of King Robert's bastard children within the city. He traveled north with Alliser Thorne, finally arriving at Castle Black in season four where they find a power vacuum in the absence of the recently deceased Lord Commander Mormont. It is Janos Slynt that receognises the threat Jon Snow represents to Thorne's leadership and suggests the bastard is sent off to Craster's Keep in the hope that he might die at the hands of the Night's Watch deserters.

But it was during the Battle of Castle Black that Janos Slynt revealed his true colours, taking the opportunity to flee from the battle and hide in a pantry. Janos finally met his end in season five when he was executed by Jon Snow for disobeying a direct order. Jon following his father's example and swinging the sword himself, thereby enacting a small measure of revenge for Ned.

I wonder how much Dominic enjoyed portraying the bad guy on screen, and it will be interesting to see if he found anything good within the character at all.

Dominic has also appeared in several British television and film projects, including The Bill, Dalziel and Pascoe, Doctors, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Case and most notably, he played the recurring role of DC Hooch in Coronation Street.

We look forward to welcoming Dominic to his first TitanCon.

Kerry Ingram ~ Shireen Baratheon

Kerry Ingram in Matilda the Musical

Kerry Ingram performing in Matilda the Musical.

Autograph: £15

We are delighted to welcome back the hugely talented actress and singer Kerry Ingram. Kerry was previously our guest at TitanCon 2014.

Kerry is best known for her role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the Musical Matilda. She shared the role of Matilda Wormwood with two other girls - Adrianna Bertola and Josie Griffiths - during the show's run in Stratford-upon-Avon's Courtyard Theatre from November 2010 to January 2011. Then when the show transferred to the West End four girls were announced for the title role: Cleo Demetriou, Sophia Kiely, Eleanor Worthington Cox and Kerry Ingram. Together all four were awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in April 2012.

Kerry Ingram singing at the Doctor Who Proms

Kerry Ingram singing at the Doctor Who Prom in July 2013. © BBC

After Matilda, Kerry filmed a small part in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables in the song "Turning". Although, her part was cut from the final edit.

In July 2013 Kerry appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in the Doctor Who Prom as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, singing The Rings of Akhaten with tenor Allan Clayton and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. It was a beautiful and memorable performance and I felt like this version sung on stage was more powerful and emotional than the original version shown in the Doctor Who episode named The Rings of Akhaten, thanks in large part to Kerry's lovely voice.

Kerry collaborated with Spirit Young Performers Company in 2014 to produce an original song called 'Shine'.

Shireen Baratheon

Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon in Game of Thrones. © HBO

While researching Kerry for this bio I learned that she suffers from brittle bone disease. She requires periodic infusions to reinforce her bones having regularly fractured several during her childhood years. I wonder how much of this experience she draws upon to play the role of Shireen Baratheon in Game of Thrones?

Shireen suffers from a facial disfigurement called Greyscale, a hard stoney scale that marks half her face. Not nearly the same thing of course but her charming performance in the show from seasons three and four tells you that Shireen knows she is different from other children in some way but she won't let that change who she is or stop her from enjoying life to the full. Very much like Kerry herself.

Of course we can't think of Shireen without remembering her horrific death in season five where she was burnt at the stake, an offering for the Red God to advance her father's ill-fated plans of conquest. I got a chance to talk to Kerry about this scene at Nine Worlds Geekfest 2015 where I was hosting a Game of Thrones panel and she said it was a great challenge to play that scene which was something she really enjoyed doing. It seems that in this show getting a truly memorable and terrible death scene is the best thing an actor can hope for, and Kerry's was especially memorable. Her screams of terror are still haunting me.

Kerry will be appearing in Barbarian's Rising which starts on the History Channel UK on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Ron Donachie ~ Rodrik Cassel

Autograph: £15

Rodrik Cassel

Rodrik Cassel sporting his unique and instantly recognisable sideburns hair style. © HBO 2011

Ron Donachie is one of those "oh that guy" actors that Game of Thrones seems to be filled with. He has appeared in dozens of movies and stacks of TV shows. He always brings great weight and gravitas to every role he plays but he's never been particulaly well known.

Perhaps then white haired, sideburns tied under the chin, castellean Rodrik Cassel in Game of Thrones will be considered something of a defining role for Ron. I'm sure fans will remember his emotional and bloody exit from the show in season two for a long time to come. Ron's tear jerking goodbye, "I'm off to see your father", followed by Theon Greyjoy hacking at his head four times to sever it while a horrified Bran and Rickon watch on was one of the most emotional moments of the entire second season. A very welcome change from the books when Ser Rodrik dies off screen.

Ron Donachie and GRRM

Ron Donachie and George RR Martin at Belfast Moot 1, Nov 2009

Before Game of Thrones Ron was best known as the Master at Arms in James Cameron's Titanic. Other film credits include Comfort and Joy, White Mischief, Fierce Creatures and The Jungle Book. He has also appeared in Doctor Who, Heartbeat, Rebus, Monarch of the Glen, The Bill, Taggart, Atlantis and just about every major British TV series of the last twenty years.

Ron was a guest at our first Belfast Moot in November 2009. He told us that he read George RR Martin's Fevre Dream when it was first published in the 80's and loved it, and so he was thrilled to be involved in this series now. He devoured all four books (published at that time) within a couple of weeks of landing the part even though he knew his character would not live beyond the second book, a sure sign that he is a true fan. Parris Martin brought a lovely gift over for Ron during the filming of season one, a set of the beautifully drawn Fevre Dream comics (published by Avatar Press). If anyone ever makes a film version of Fevre Dream Ron Donachie definitely needs to play the part of Abner Marsh.

Ron was a very popular guest at TitanCon 2012 and 2013. We can't promise a repeat performance of Ron singing during a panel but you never know.

Fintan McKeown ~ Amory Lorch

Autograph: £15

Amory Lorch

Fintan McKeown as Amory Lorch in season two of Game of Thrones. © HBO 2012

Fintan McKeown is an Irish actor with a very distinctive face and a distinctive gravelly voice to match. He played the role of Amory Lorch back in season two of Game of Thrones. Amory was the leader of the band of Lannister soldiers that caught Yoren and his charges including Arya Stark, Gendry, Hot Pie and Lommy Greenhands on the King's Road. He killed Yoren and delivered the boys to Gregor Clegane at Harrenhal.

Some weeks later Arya's circumstances have changed and she is now cupbearer to Lord Tywin Lannister. Amory catches Arya with a stolen letter in her possession and rushes off to inform Lord Tywin that she is spying on him. Frantically, Arya seeks out the assassin Jaqen H'ghar and names Amory Lorch as the second of the three kills she owes the Red God. Amory is killed by a poisoned dart to the neck just as he enters Lord Tywin's chambers, collapsing to the floor with great comic timing.

Fintan appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: Voyager season six as the character Michael Sullivan, an inhabitant of the Holodeck village of Fair Haven. In the story Captain Janeway embarks on a short affair with Michael, but changes some of his personality settings to match her preferences, even deleting his wife from the computer program. In the end Janeway tells the computer to prevent herself from having access to changing anything further about Michael.

Fintan has also appeared in several films and television shows including Merlin, Atlantis, The Bible, Immortal Beloved (1994), Waking Ned (1998), and is perhaps best known for playing the role of Seamus Brady in 25 episodes of Hollyoaks. He will also be in Barbarians Rising currently showing on the History channel.

Annette Hannah ~ Frances

Autograph: Free of charge

Frances and Grand Maester Pycelle

Frances bringing Grand Maester Pycelle the message that will send him to his fate at the hands of Qyburn's little birds. Game of Thrones season six episode ten © HBO 2016.

The character of Frances is one of Qyburn's little birds. She was the one that brought a message to Grand Maester Pycelle that sent him on his way to meet his fate at the hands of Qyburn's little birds as part of that fantastic opening sequence in the season six finale episode. Annette appeared as Frances in two episodes of Game of Thrones season six. The other appearance being the scene in episode 3 in which Cersei and Jamie, accompanied by The Mountain, visit Maester Qyburn as he is handing out gifts of candied plums to his little birds.

Annette Hannah

Annette Hannah is a school girl from Derby. She attends the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts at the weekends. Her audition for Game of Thrones was her first introduction to the world of casting. Annette says that being Frances was a wonderful experience and she learnt a huge amount from director Miguel Sapochnik and the other cast members including Anton Lesser, Lena Headey, Julian Glover and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Since her season six shooting Annette has had further auditions and appeared on CBBC.

When not acting she does pretty well at school and is a very active Youtuber on her channel Cocoafizz.

William Simpson ~ Storyboard artist

William Simpson

William Simpson is the storyboard artist for HBO's Game of Thrones, a crucial role that keeps him very busy and interacting with just about everyone in the production from the directors and producers to set designers and prop makers. He created the fantastic animations in the historical stories on the Game of Thrones BluRay. Will is also known as a comic artist and illustrator and over his 30 year career has worked for all the major comic houses: Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo, Marvel and 2000AD.

Will grew up in Prehen, near Derry, his earliest work was for the Belfast anthology Ximoc in the early 1980s. This led to professional work in the UK, drawing "Big Ben" in Warrior in 1984, and a run on Transformers for Marvel UK in 1985-1987. His first work for 2000AD, a Future Shock, came in 1985, and he was a regular on the magazine from 1987 to 1991, drawing Universal Soldier (1987), Judge Dredd, including episodes of the epic Oz (1987-88), Tale of the Dead Man, and Tyranny Rex (1988). He provided painted art for several Judge Dredd stories, as well as the Rogue Trooper reboot The War Machine in 1989-90. In 1991 he created Sex Warrior with writers Pat Mills and Tony Skinner for Toxic!.

Hellblazer

1991 was the year he made the move into American comics. With writer Garth Ennis, he took over on DC's horror title Hellblazer, which he drew until 1993. He drew an Aliens miniseries, Rogue, for Dark Horse Comics in 1993, and 1994 co-created the sexy vampire miniseries Vamps for DC/Vertigo, with writer Elaine Lee, which returned for two more minseries in 1996 and 1998. Also with Lee, he drew the first issue of Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny for Dark Horse in 1995. He drew a three part Batman story, "Freak Out", written by Ennis, in Legends of the Dark Knight in 1997. Other titles he has drawn include Excalibur (Marvel, 1992), Animal Man (DC, 1993) and Punisher 2099 (Marvel, 1994).

In recent years Will has concentrated primarily on illustration and filmmaking and has drawn storyboards for films including Breakfast on Pluto, Closing the Ring, Reign of Fire, City of Ember and Your Highness. Many of these were filmed in Belfast and this has naturally lead to Game of Thrones. William was at Belfast Moot 2 in 2010 and has attended every TitanCon, except for 2014. A fantastic guest who brings a great deal of insight from the other side of the camera.


Emma Andrews ~ Drapes department

Emma Andrews

Emma Andrews works in the drapes department on HBO's Game of Thrones. She graduated from the University of Ulster at Belfast 'Art College' in 2009 with a degree in fine and applied art where she specialised in textile art.

Emma started by making large exhibition pieces, wallhangings etc, but somehow her work got smaller and smaller over the years. Emma now specialises in jewellery and accessories working mainly in silks. Some of the techniques Emma uses include patchwork, quilting, embroidery and beading but with her own contemporary twist.

Emma tells us that during the season two production she was mainly making tents and banners and more tents and yet more and more tents! During season one she did a lot of embroidery including the wee bits that Sansa and Arya are working on when we first meet them in the opening episode. Emma also stitched the stag and hand of the king emblems into the chair backs of the Small Council seats.

Sansa's needlework

Sansa showing the Septa her needlework skills in season one of Game of Thrones © HBO 2011. Embroidery by Emma Andrews.

I'm sure those of you who were following Winter-is-Coming back in the days of pre-production on season one will remember "Chair-Gate" which ensued after the hand of the king chair appeared briefly in one of the early trailers and some fans felt that the design was too modern looking.

I wonder what Emma makes of the fans being so obsessed about every little detail like this. I think the fact that the production team care so much about the details to hire talented artists like Emma to create beautiful sets and props, many of which we don't even see on screen, shows their dedication to the show's quality. The artisans that work on the show are just as important as the actors that appear front and centre which is why we are happy to announce that Emma will be our guest at TitanCon.

Emma has attended TitanCon every year since 2012 and she quite often brings with her some of the beautiful items that she has made for the show for everyone to see, including some embroidered flowers of House Tyrell and the funeral shroud of Hoster Tully from season three. Who knows what she'll have with her this year.

Westeros Crafting Workshop at Shamrokon 2014

Westeros Crafting Workshop run by Emma Andrews at Shamrokon Dublin in 2014. Photo taken by Phil Lowles.

One of the most popular things we have had at TitanCon over the last few years have been our Dothraki Jewellery Workshops and Coin Bags of Braavos Workshops run by Emma Andrews. This year we are going to call them simply Westeros Leather Crafting Workshops because attendees are welcome to make whatever they wish, be it Dothraki Jewellery, a coin bag, a leather passport holder, eBook cover, decorative belt, piece of clothing, anything you can imagine. All the tools and materials will be provided for you including fabrics, leather, fake fur and real horse hair from Emma's own horses. Emma will be on hand to assist and talk you through the process, all you need is your imagination!

There will be an online sign-up process for the Westeros Crafting Workshops which opens at 12.00 noon (UK time) on Saturday 24 September 2016 (the weekend before TitanCon 2016). Please check back nearer the time for more details about our Crafting Workshops programme.


Game of Thrones Extras

A television show like Game of Thrones would be impossible to produce without the hard work of hundreds of dedicated extras. People prepared to grow beards and go months without cutting their hair just so they have the right look. People willing to get dressed up in any kind of clothing, be it heavy armour or something with little protection from the elements while they are outside for days at a time in the worst imaginable weather, repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again until the director decides he has enough footage.

In the Extras panel we will salute the hard work and sacrifice of the Game of Thrones extras as they relate their experience of working on the first and second seasons of the show and provide real insight into what it takes to be an extra. Back in July 2011 over two thousand people turned up for the ExtrasNI casting session and if any of those people would like some advice on how to become an extra themselves this panel may just have the answers.

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ~ Mace Tyrell

We regret to announce that Roger is unable to attend TitanCon 2016. He has just been offered a role in a new production that starts work over the weekend of TitanCon 2016. Roger tried hard to get the schedule changed so that he could join us, but unfortunately it could not be rearranged. Roger has expressed his deepest apologies to the fans and hopes he can attend next year instead.

Please note that all guests appear subject to work commitments. Panels and events may be cancelled or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to arrange alternative events; however this may not always be possible. Refunds will not be available due to changes in the event line up or schedule. TitanCon accepts no liability for loses incurred through errors or omissions on the website or the TitanCon convention booklet. Please see our Code of Conduct for more information.