Sci-fi convention planned for Norwich

Iconic characters who graced the screen in some of the biggest cult hits of all time will gather in Norwich in November for an extravaganza of all things fantastical.

Iconic characters who graced the screen in some of the biggest cult hits of all time will gather in Norwich next month for an extravaganza of all things fantastical.

Fans of the epic Stars Wars movies, Harry Potter and Dr Who are expected to flock to the city's second sci-fi film, toy and collector's fair, which promises to be a big draw for serious collectors and families alike.

Actors who were transformed by incredible costumes, make-up, prosthetics and computer wizardry will appear as their often unseen selves to share their experiences and sign autographs.

David Prowse, who squeezed in to one of the most famous guises in cinema history to play the ultimate villain Darth Vader - and helped millions of youngsters as the Green Cross Code man - will be joined by a host of other stars at the UEA on November 12.

Among them will be 3ft 4in actor Warwick Davis, who recently featured in an episode of Extras with Ricky Gervais and starred in countless fantasy films in the past 20 years, from Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi when he was just 11 to Professor Flitwick in Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone.

The Norwich and District Star Wars Collectors Club, who organised the inaugural event four years ago, decided to widen the fair beyond their favourite film franchise after the successful comeback of Dr Who.

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Sophie Aldred, who starred as Sylvester McCoy's sidekick, Ace, and Terry Molloy, the creator of Davros, the evil leader of the Daleks, will join the throng, with plenty of collectables, film memorabilia and props lining the lower common room from 10.30am to 4pm.

Fans queued in their hundreds for the city's first sci-fi fair, which was held at St Catherine's Church in Mile Cross in 2002 and featured Kenny Baker - better known to movie-goers as robot R2D2 from Star Wars.

For more information, visit www.norwichstarwarsclub.co.uk.

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