Christopher Judge Cancels SFW9 and is Replaced by Andrew Lee Potts
Many of you will have seen is bring you the news that Stargate SG1’s Christopher Judge would be attending this year’s Sci-Fi Weekender, but this morning the news was announced that Judge has had to cancel. Although this is pretty close to the wire, with the event just being over a week away, it has stunned many fans that Judge has had to cancel, but these things do happen at events.
But never fear we’ve been told by the team over at Geekcamp that one of the guests lined up for SFWX has agreed to step in to help out, so a massive thanks must go to the thoroughly charming, dinosaur-disarming Mr Andrew Lee Potts!
Best known for his role as the quirky Connor Temple on ITV’s British science fiction programme Primeval and Space’s Canadian spin-off Primeval: New World. He also starred as the Hatter on the SyFy mini-series Alice and was a series regular on the long-running programme Ideal. Since 2006, Potts has written and directed short films through his production house, Keychain Productions.
He’s recently enjoying success with his own high-tech web series “Wireless”, which he created alongside Alex Moss. Andrew portrays disgraced police officer Jacob Crow navigating a city rife with corruption and criminals all of whom want to get their hands on this cutting edge piece of tech. Wireless is shot in a unique and immersive style, with high production values, allowing the audience to be closer to Crow and White than most shows dare. It’s a state of the art show that delves into the dangers of our increasingly online existence. Watch the show here https://www.wirelessweb.london/
Andrew had a number of TV roles from the age of 10 – but his first major role was in Johnny Vegas’ cult favourite Ideal. In 2005, Potts joined the cast of the sitcom as drugged-out Lee, frontman of the synth-pop band Silicone Valets with a serious messiah complex. The show, which starred Vegas as a small-time dope dealer, was a cult favourite and ran for over 50 episodes and 7 series.
In 2007, Potts originated the role of Connor Temple in the science fiction programme, Primeval. It became a hit show and pop cultural phenomenon. The storyline saw a team of scientists battling prehistoric and future beasts falling into the present through anomalies in time. Potts played geeky antihero Connor Temple, the vulnerable and innocent student of lead Nick Cutter.
Primeval relied heavily on special effects which made it a costly show to produce. It was cancelled due to financial considerations after its third season, despite very high ratings. Following a public appeal, the production company Impossible Pictures partnered with ITV and their corporate competitor, UKTV, to finance a renewal. The show returned with 5 webisodes in late 2010. Series four and five followed, featuring Potts and Spearritt and co-star Ben Miller.
In 2012, Potts reprised the character of Connor in the Canadian spinoff, Primeval: New World as an “organic link between the original mythology and the new series universe”.
In 2008, Potts spent 5 months directing a behind-the-scenes documentary, Through the Anomaly, for Primeval. The documentary was broadcast before being released as part of the Primeval series DVD.
In 2009, Potts played the role of Hatter in the SyFy television miniseries Alice. Nick Willing wrote and directed the re-imagining of the Alice in Wonderland as a fantasy adventure. The cast featured Caterina Scorsone in the title role, with Kathy Bates, Colm Meaney, and Matt Frewer. Pott’s acting in the roguish romantic role was considered a bright spot; “The true standouts here are Potts and Frewer, both of whom are exceptionally funny and charismatic.”
Alice was a popular hit with high ratings and a 72% “fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2006, Potts created Keychain Productions with Alex Moss and Tony Denman. The low-budget production house has released a variety of shorts, including; Blood on Benefits, Idance! and Colour Blind. Two of his films have been nominated for Virgin Media Short Film Awards: Little Larry in 2012 and Atwood Alley in 2013.
In 2009, Potts guest starred on an episode of Inspector George Gently as a mixed-race young adult who is the chief suspect in his girlfriend’s murder. In 2010, Potts appeared in the television adaptation of Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman as the lead’s (Billie Piper) adult son, Mark. In October 2011 he was featured in an episode of Doc Martin as Michael Dunwich; Born with a Shotgun. Potts starred in the SyFy original movie True Bloodthirst – a “bloody, violent, traditional vampire movie”. Pott’s character was a descendant of Jonathan Harker, one of the protagonists of Bram Stoker’s original Dracula story. It was broadcast in the summer of 2012.
More recently Andrew portrayed Tim Larson in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, and has recently completed short film Chimera, directed by award winner Patrick Ryder.
SFW9 will take place from the 22 – 25 March at Camp SFX, Hafan y Mor, Pwllheli, North Wales.