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Game of Thrones Featured Performer: Jessica Odell

Jessica Odell

Jessica is an American-born scientist and teacher. She's tended bars, slung pizzas, and cared for animals at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay. After a brief stay in Albuquerque, she left for Maine to get a Masters degree. That tucked firmly under her belt, Jessica set off across the Atlantic and eventually settled in Northern Ireland. She quickly found a place in the martial arts scene and got a few black belts in JuJitsu, and got firmly stuck in to cosplay. The film industry called soon after, and Jessica has enjoyed being involved in many of the productions filmed in Northern Ireland. She has been seen in various productions filmed in Northern Ireland, including The Fall and Line of Duty. In Westeros, Jessica is a Wildling warrior, and can best be seen taking back Castle Black with Tormund Giantsbane in season 6. She is now considering moving to the AD department. When not involved in films or private tutoring, Jessica can be found training at her local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, or hanging out with her best canine bud, Mister Loki Tiberius.

Game of Thrones Featured Performer: Kristy Robinson

Kristy Robinson

Kristy Robinson started acting as a teenager when she joined a youth drama group, travelling around Belfast doing amateur productions in leisure centres and community centres. She then had a career in the education and science sector for many years until she took time off to become the full time mum of 2 children, both of whom have followed in her footsteps appearing both on TV and stage. So far, Kristy has been involved in over 30 productions including TV adverts, movies, one off dramas and recurrent TV series. Her most notable appearances include The Frankenstein Chronicles, Line of Duty series 3, The Fall S2, and as Mary Lou McDonald in The Journey. She has appeared in four seasons of Game of Thrones most notably as one of Craster’s wives in S4 and as a wildling in S5. Go to IMDB for her full filmography.

Game of Thrones Featured Performer: Michael Stuart

Michael Stuart

Michael Stuart is an Assistant Director, Actor and Extra. Born in Belfast in 1969, he spent the first few years of his life in a small coastal town called Whitehead before moving to the North Coast. Michael was a late starter theatrically, beginning is career in his early 40s, but he has since appeared in numerous movies and TV shows.

On Game of Thrones, he has appeared as a Bolton Guard, a Stark Bannerman, and most frequently (in 15 episodes) as a Night’s Watch Officer.

Michael’s website can be found at http://www.michaelstuart.me.uk/.

Game of Thrones Crew: Emma Andrews

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.