Tim Rose is best known for playing the role of Admiral Ackbar in the 3rd Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, a role which he played again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In addition, Rose also puppeteered the characters of Sy Snootles and Salacious Crumb in that film, and has been involved with other Lucasfilm and Jim Henson Studios movies, including The Dark Crystal and Howard the Duck. He also helped in puppeteering the character of Tik-Tok in Disney's Return to Oz. Tim also made the puppets Cosmo and Dibs for the BBC children's series You and Me. They debuted on that show in 1983.


Garrick Hagon appeared in Star Wars: A New Hope as Biggs and on the 2011 Blu-ray release of the Star Wars films, Biggs’s establishing can be seen in full. Hagon’s many films include: Tim Burton’s Batman, Mustapha Akkad's The Message, Tony Scott's Spy Game, Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, Xie Jin's The Opium War, Philip Stolzl's The Expatriate, Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far, Paul Verhoeven's Black Book, Charlton Heston’s Antony and Cleopatra, and Olivier Dahan's La Vie en rose. He has made two appearances in Doctor Who, as the rebel Ky in 1972’s ‘The Mutants’ and as Abraham in 2012’s ‘A Town Called Mercy’. As a voice actor he has been heard in many films and TV series including the UK dub of Star Fleet/X-Bomber, the Manga titles The Secret of Mamo and Goodbye Lady Liberty and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran. His voice is featured in the video game, Divinity II: Ego Draconis and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks for major UK publishers. He has also directed over 100 audiobook recordings including Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother read by Ian McKellen and the Audie Award-winning, full cast, unabridged His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.


Frazer Hines came to prominence as a child actor, appearing in several films, including Hammer’s X The Unknown (1956) and Charlie Chaplin’s A King in New York (1957). In 1957 he played Napoleon in the six part BBC serial Huntingtower and followed this with the role of Jan in the seven part BBC serial The Silver Sword (1957-8). Other television roles in the sixties include the characters of Tim Birch in Emergency Ward 10 (1963-4), and Roger Wain in Coronation Street (1965).  His film roles include The Weapon (1957) with Lizabeth Scott, Witness in the Dark (1959) with Richard O’Sullivan, The Young Jacobites (1960) with Francesca Annis and Jeremy Bulloch, Go Cart Go (1964) with Dennis Waterman, The Last Valley (1971) with Michael Caine and Omar Sharif, and Zeppelin (1971) with Michael York and Elke Sommer.  His big break came when he was cast to play the part of Jamie McCrimmon in the BBC series Doctor Who, a companion of the second Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton. Frazer appeared in the series regularly from 1966 to 1969, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running companion of the Doctor. He returned to the show twice, as a cameo in the 30th anniversary show ‘The Five Doctors’ (1983), and alongside Patrick Troughton (second Doctor) and Colin Baker (sixth Doctor) in ‘The Two Doctors’ (1985). Other television work includes Duty Free, Dalziel and Pascoe, Expert Witness and Outlander.  In 1972, Frazer was cast in the soap opera Emmerdale Farm as Joe Sugden, a role he played regularly until 1994. Frazer’s most recent theatre tours were in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (2015), and Seriously Dead (2015/16) with Chrissy Rock.  


Ryan Gage is best known for his roles as King Louis XIII in the BBC series The Musketeers and Ted Bundy in the TV film Serial Thriller: Angel of Decay. In the cinema, he played the Master of Laketown's deputy Alfrid Lickspittle in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Ted Bundy again in the film Angel of Decay, which earned him a Best Actor Award at the British Independent Film Festival in 2016. In video games, Gage has portrayed Charibert in the Final Fantasy XIV expansion pack Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. In theatre, he has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company on plays such as Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Macbeth.


Adam Brown trained in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, London, where he met Clare Plested and helped co-found the British comedy theatre troupe Plested and Brown. He wrote and performed in all seven of their shows: Carol Smillie Trashed my Room, The Reconditioned Wife Show, Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo, Hot Pursuit, Minor Spectacular, Health & Stacey and The Perfect Wife Roadshow. A regular at the Edinburgh Festival he toured with his company across the UK as well as performances in Armenia, South Korea and New Zealand. With the rest of the Plested and Brown team (Amanda Wilsher and Clare Plested) he has worked with David Sant (Peepolykus), Phelim McDermott (Improbable), Cal McCrystal (The Mighty Boosh) and Toby Wilsher (ex-Trestle). Brown plays the dwarf Ori in the film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The films marked his first film appearance.


Nick Moran’s first hit film appearance was in 1990 alongside Roger Daltrey and Chesney Hawkes, in Buddy's Song (1990). In Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), he appeared with Sting, who played the role of his father. He co-starred with John Hurt in New Blood (1999), and also starred in Rancid Aluminium (2000). In 2001, he played the role of Aramis in The Musketeer. He appeared as Scabior, a snatcher in Fenrir Greyback's gang, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2.


Adrian Rawlins has appeared in several films including Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, and also has a minor role in the Harry Potter film series as Harry Potter's father James Potter. Onstage, he has appeared in Her Naked Skin (2008, National Theatre). He played Richard Collingsworth in the 1989 TV serial version of The Ginger Tree, opposite Samantha Bond. He also starred in The Woman in Black which was made for television and aired at Christmas 1989.


As well as all our Media guests, we’re delighted to again showcase the work of the artists who create the amazing imagery which inspires, and this year we’re delighted to welcome along Jeff Cummins! An artist whose work you are probably familiar with from Radio Times as well as many album covers from the seventies.


Jeff Cummins’ fascination for all things ‘media’ began as a schoolboy whilst entering an art competition, (one of 30,000 entrants) staged by UK TV show Magpie in 1969. He has worked with Paul McCartney on the Thrillington album sleeve and with Storm, Po and Pete at Hipgnosis visualising and illustrating for such luminaries as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues and Peter Gabriel. In 1979, Paul and Linda McCartney commissioned the painting for Wings Over America which propelled Jeff into the international arena. An involvement with Doctor Who came along in 1978 when Jeff was commissioned to provide cover images for several of the novelisations published by Target books. Covers for The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Mutants, The Three Doctors, The Doomsday Weapon, The Giant Robot, The Face of Evil, The Talons of Weng-Chiang and The Horror of Fang Rock followed. He also provided covers for a range of factual books called Doctor Who Discovers, and in the 1990, covers for several original Doctor Who novels: Blood Heat, The Dimension Riders, Theatre of War and Sky Pirates! Today, Jeff’s work is diverse. He develops characters for corporate identities, packaging, childrenswear, and TV. Occasionally illustrating and paper engineering children’s books (including the design and engineering of Sindy’s Carousal-Doll’s House for Hasbro). He was invited to paint a portrait of Linda McCartney for Linda McCartney Foods. Currently Jeff is working on concepts for children’s television, still designing CD covers and continues to crave the creative challenge!


We still have more guests, artists, authors and other folks to announce ... so keep watching the website for details as they are released.


As well as all the panels, discussions and signings with our guests, we also have a packed weekend of other activities for people to partake of. Here’s just some of the things which have been confirmed ...


EZXP is a video game band making their debut at SFW IN THE CITY this year: taking the old 8 bit tunes of our childhood and turning them into rock classics to dance the night away to. From Pokémon to Zelda, Mega Man to Star Fox, gamers are guaranteed to know these classic tunes turned into something modern and rocking.


Pandemic Live: Four players battle ‘the spirit of disease’. Played by guests and audience alike and lead by comedian James Cook, this is a live version of the wildly popular board game Pandemic. After many attempts, the extirpated group of epidemiologists have yet to triumph over the virulent illness. Maybe this time we can hold the tide of plague. This time we can all hold back the Pandemic!


Pop Up Puppet Cinema: We welcome back the crazy puppets from the popular Puppet Cinema. Hugely successful, last year the main complaint was that people could not get in the room!  So arrive early to ensure your place! This time with a new show: JAWS!


Blues Harvest: Blues Harvest have built up a cult following through their diverse song choices from the world of movies, TV and a few guilty pleasures along the way.  With set highlights including music from Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more, Blues Harvest is the perfect Star Wars cantina band to celebrate the sci-fi, comics and fantasy genres.


Level up Leroy: Welcoming back our resident Sci-Fi nerd DJ. Really going from strength to strength this year with his growing popularity taking him around the country. Always pushing the boundaries for nerd Djing. His newest mix he proudly admits ‘This one’s all nerd’ ... And that’s why everyone loves it!


Jedi Training: Back with the Battle Bot. After gathering data the Bot is back and badder then ever. Will you pick up the Light Sabre and face the challenge or just watch as the Bot defeats your friends one by one (insert evil laugh here!)


As usual Saturday evening will play host to the spectacle and carnival of the SFW Posse doing what they do best ... with costumes and music and dancing, as well as speciality acts ... there is nowhere ... NOWHERE ... in Sheffield offering such entertainment on a Saturday night ... and what’s more, it’s all included in the price of your ticket!  All you have to do is turn up, buy food and drinks, settle down ... or gear up ... and ENJOY!