Final Guest Announcement for Sci-Fi Weekender 9 (2018)
Those of you that follow Blazing Minds will no doubt have seen the Sci-Fi Weekender news that we’ve been posting with the build-up to SFW9, today we bring the news of the final guest announcement for SFW9 at the end of this month, but there is also some other Top Secret news that has been slipped under the wire, more about that later, but for now here’s the first chunk of guest news.
If you’ve been following what’s happening at SFW9 will be aware, Adam Brown will now be at Scifi in the City, so sadly with Ori bailing heading there, the Sci-Fi Weekender team have announced a new guest, Balin! The team have told us that they are absolutely delighted that the amazing Ken Stott will be handling all Dwarfly duties in Wales!
A hugely talented actor – with an incredible body of work – he’ll have some wonderful tales for us all at SFW 9.
Ken Stott Heads to Pwllheli for Sci-Fi Weekender SFW9
Ken Stott is a Scottish stage, television and film actor who won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1995 in the play Broken Glass at Royal National Theatre. He is more recently known for his role as the dwarf Balin in The Hobbit film trilogy and as Ian Garrett in the 2014 BBC TV mini-series The Missing starring alongside James Nesbitt.
His many notable roles in UK television include the role of Edward ‘Eddie’ McKenna in the Scottish BBC miniseries Takin’ Over The Asylum (1994) co-starring with a young David Tennant, the title character DI John Rebus in the crime fiction-mystery series Rebus (2000–2007) and also as DCI Red Metcalfe in Messiah (2001–2008).
Stott’s early work focused on theatre with a notable leading role in the dramatisation of Dominic Behan’s play about the Northern Ireland troubles The Folk Singer (Belfast Lyric Theatre). Stott appeared in small roles in BBC series such as Secret Army (1977), The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (King Lear, 1982), and Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective (1986). He also featured in an advert for the British COI’s “Drinking And Driving Wrecks Lives” campaign, playing a fireman. He eventually began to earn starring roles on television in the 1990s. He created the leading role in The Prince’s Play, a translation and adaptation by Tony Harrison of Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse, for the National Theatre, London, 1996.
His highest-profile television roles have included hospital radio DJ Eddie McKenna in BBC Scotland’s Takin’ Over The Asylum the leading character, DCI Red Metcalfe, in the BBC crime drama series Messiah (BBC One, 2001–05); DI Chappell in ITV police drama The Vice (1999–2003); as a drunk who fantasises about finding redemption by joining the Salvation Army in Promoted to Glory (ITV, 2003); as Adolf Hitler in Uncle Adolf (ITV, 2005) and as a fictional Chancellor of the Exchequer in Richard Curtis’s The Girl in the Café (BBC One, 2005). 2006 saw him take over the title character in detective series Rebus, a television adaptation of the Ian Rankin novels which had previously starred John Hannah. In 2008 Stott was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA for his performance as comedian Tony Hancock in BBC Four’s Hancock and Joan. He played the father of cookery writer Nigel Slater in the BBC One adaptation of Slater’s autobiographical novel Toast, opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. In 2015, Stott played Arthur Birling in Helen Edmundson’s BBC TV adaptation of J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls.
On the big screen, he has tended to play mostly supporting parts, such as DI McCall in Shallow Grave (1994), Ted in Fever Pitch (1997), Marius Honorius in King Arthur (2004), an Israeli arms merchant in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) and Trufflehunter, a badger loyal to Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008). However, he has had occasional starring roles in the cinema, most notably opposite Billy Connolly and Iain Robertson in The Debt Collector (1999) and Plunkett and Macleane of the same year.
Most recently, he has starred as Balin in the live-action adaptation of The Hobbit and played the role to critical acclaim. Stott played a supporting role as Dexter Mayhew’s father in One Day (2011) starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.
Stott has continued to act on stage, and in 1997 was nominated for Best Actor at the Laurence Olivier Awards for his role in the Yasmina Reza play Art in which had appeared with Albert Finney
Wait! There’s more SFW9 News!
The Sci-Fi Weekender tram has told us that they have something special planned for the event in Pwllheli, this year they have become so big that they have had to keep one of their guests as a mystery surprise, the announcement of the mystery guest is being kept under wraps by the team behind the event with lost of people trying to guess who it could be.
Matt from SFW has said, “this is a bit of fun – you’ll realise why later.. we’re not talking A-lister, but a character you’ll be familiar with. We can say no more!“. Suffice to say, we’re intrigued even more after that.