Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn swapped his sword for a pen as he met fans of the hit show at the Stadium of Light.
An autograph signing and meet and greet with the actor, who plays Bronn in the fantasy blockbuster, was one of the highlights of the weekend’s KingCon comic convention which attracted thousands of enthusiasts to the Stadium of Light.
The actor, who’s also enjoyed success in Ripper Street, Soldier Soldier and as one half of pop duo Robson and Jerome, said: “It’s great to be back in the North East, the fact the convention was up here was one of the reasons I agreed to do it.”
Speaking about cult series Game of Thrones, he said: “This is the seventh year of the show and it really has become a phenomenon. When we started we never knew it was going to be as big as it is and I feel privileged to be part of it. It’s allowed me a lot of freedom and opened doors for me.
“And it’s great fun to throw on a leather jacket and swing a sword around, there’s something very primal about it. I’m just glad to be seven series in and to have not been killed in the show yet.”
As well as Game of Thrones fans, Storm Troopers, Ewoks, Dr Who’s and superheroes wandered the venue as KingCon 2016 took over the home of the Black Cats.
The turnout has been great. We have had a lot more younger people and families through the doors than has been previously.Dan Pye
The two-day event organised by Dan Pye saw hundreds of people of all ages descend on the stadium to check out the convention which featured a number of famous faces from the world of Sci-Fi.
There was also a chance for fans to get up close to Game of Thrones star Miltos Yerolemou as well as Britain’s tallest man Neil Fingleton who featured in X-Men and the Avengers Age of Ultron.
Gerald Home who appeared in Return of the Jedi and the voice of the Super Mario Brothers Charles Martinet also made an appearance for fans.
A packed itinerary for visitors ensured people remained entertained throughout their time at the event with the chance to take part in tournaments and workshops.
Organiser Dan Pye first came up with the idea as a way of promoting his cafe in Durham. But over the years has seen the showcase grow with more traders getting on board and more visitors through the doors.
The event at the Stadium of Light is the biggest one he has hosted to date.
He said: “It’s all about celebrating the culture that we love, the computer games, comics and sci-fi.
“The idea for the convention was really to promote the Dark Matter Cafe that I run in Durham.
“We started by creating an event in Durham and in the last three years it has grown to the size it is now.
“The turnout has been great. We have had a lot more younger people and families through the doors than has been previously.
“This culture has typically been older people but I think with the big Hollywood movies geared towards families, it is attracting a younger audience.”
Parents Emma and Martin Forster visited the event with their two-year-old son James.
The couple from Sunderland have visited a number of conventions when they’ve been held in the city.
Mr Forster said: “We were very impressed. It was a lot bigger than what I thought it would be.
“There were lots of different things going on, it was just a great event and hopefully they will be holding another one next year.”
Mrs Forster added: “We do go to these type of events when they’re on. It’s just been great.
“We thought we would only be in for half an hour or so, but there has been so much to look at we ended up spending a few hours at the event.”