2 - 3rd of April 2016 in a very damp Southport....  Where to begin... My first convention of the year and what a great start, if you didn't make it to Crown Con please keep an eye out for Crown Con 2 which we remain hopeful will happen. Honestly this was one of the best conventions I've ever been to, I had so much fun over the weekend and my hat is off to Andy Sciacca for organising the best mainland UK Game of Thrones convention without a doubt. To say I was looked after would be a huge understatement, Andy and his entire team were without doubt the nicest people you could hope to meet.  The event was ran through The Mersey Sci Fi Club at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Southport.  Layout of the hotel was ideal for a convention with everything close together, we've all been to cons that you've almost needed a pack donkey and hiking gear to get from one area to the next. I was appearing as a guest alongside Joe Altin (Pyp), Ross Mullan (White Walker), Luke Barnes (Rast), Kristy Robinson (Craster's Wife) and Josephine Gillan (Marei) Game of Thrones guests at Crown Con 2016 I had a few panels during the weekend, kicking off with one with Kristy Robinson. FB_IMG_1459769868783_resized On day two I had a great panel with Joe, I have to say this was probably my favourite panel I've ever done entitled "Boys of the Blackstuff" it was all about us Night's Watch Scumbags (yeah I've never got over George RR Martin calling me a night's watch scumbag 😉 ) great seeing Joe again, one of the most genuine and lovely actors you'll ever meet #MrPositive and I hadn't seen him since we burnt his cold dead corpse in Season 4 episode 10 🙂 received_10209956328931710_resized My third and final panel was with all the other guests as we invaded the stage in numbers. FB_IMG_1460273638516_resized I have to say I think prefer appearing behind a table when doing panels, I guess I could diet if this trend continues at conventions! I've not went into any details about the panels and discussions in fact there were many more panels that I wasn't on, well you should have been there if you want to hear what we were talking about 😛 you better make a point of going to Crown Con 2. Unlike the larger cattle market like comic cons, you get to spend time with us 'orrible lot at Crown Con, as we're out and about all day and evening on the floor chatting to people, there is a ridiculous rumour that I spent most of my time in the smoking area, this is totally unfounded I'm sure I was only there about 4 or 5 times all weekend! The photos ops with me of course ended up in their usual anarchy, anyone who's been to Titan Con will be familiar with this scenario, just say no to smile for the camera photo ops, if they're not silly it's not worth doing. Shout out to Premier Foto who snapped all the photo ops. 12920963_10153505154681546_1202412842_n 934137_770978006372726_904373890837819576_n FB_IMG_1460236055455_resized
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Malcolm Milne guest liason for Kristy and I over the weekend being force fed Jelly Beans because they were the wrong colour, please pay more attention to our riders in future, other than that and the silver sharpie issues he was fantastic 🙂

A huge thank you to all who got my autograph or a photo op with me, so many kind words from so many attendees truly humbling and I love you all.

The Cosplay competition was outstanding, honestly I was blown away with the quality of the costumes by all the entered and picking winners was a nightmare.

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Seriously look at those wildling costume, this is the standard of costume we were dealing with! I'm reciting my vows inside my head, honest! 🙂 Denise Heywood and Jaye Swift, costume designer and writer extraordinaire check out Jaye's first short Letter Home

Have a look at some of the other fantastic cosplayers that attended Katarina Chesney, Hinkleberry Cosplay, Andy Webster Fantasy Cosplayer best Kylo Ren Cosplayer ever! Guillo Cosplay.

Shout out to Jo Rutherford of Alter Ego Character Portraits for all the fantastic photos she took over the weekend, please do check her facebook page out and give it a like, she's amazing! 12968587_10154046651036894_1097473506_nAs with all conventions I ended up buying some books check out The Wolf Born Saga I've not had time to read them yet, my ever expanding 'to read' pile is getting a bit daft. Andy took us out to a great burger bar on Saturday night, The Bar & Burger Co the burgers were out of this world, totally fantastic and we even got papped by the Liverpool Echo

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I could say so much more about the weekend but I won't what happens at Crown Con stays at Crown Con, if you don't know you should have been there and don't miss it if (WHEN) it happens again. Thank you all so much for the weekend, it almost makes all those hours in the rain and mud on set worthwhile... almost.. 🙂 For The Watch!

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Crown Con 2016 – Game of Thrones Convention – Southport

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