A star of a hit television series is loving being back at Castle Black - and getting stuck in to filming of the latest instalments.
Ben Crompton, who plays Eddison Tollett in the Game of Thrones, was the hugely popular guest at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards.
He gladly posed for photographs with dozens of guests at the finals at the Stadium of Light.
And then he spared time to speak to the Sunderland Echo to describe the thrill of being back on set for the latest filming of the hit television series which he has starred in since series 2.
“We are back on season 7 and we have a lot of fun,” said Ben, whose character is also known as Dolorous Edd of The Night’s Watch.
He’s been hard at work since August on the new series.
I am like a lot of the fans, I am always keen to find out what will happen next. It is exciting when the scripts come throughBen Crompton
It’s an enthralling time for Ben who told how he loves that moment when he gets to find out the plots for the latest programme.
“I am like a lot of the fans, I am always keen to find out what will happen next. It is exciting when the scripts come through.”
Series 7 is currently being filmed and Ben said it was “amazing how I really look forward to it.” He said he always gets a thrill from being on the Castle Black set and added: “It is a genuine set that you can interact with.”
And while Ben could not reveal too much about series 7, he did tell us: “There are some surprises, We are gearing towards the end. Everyone is assuming certain things will happen but I won’t say if that is the case.”
His character is a close friend of Jon Snow - the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch played by Kit Harington.
Ben paid tribute to Kit as “a handsome young star” who - despite his character’s dark appearance - is really funny in real life and “one of the lads.”
But the TV series is only part of a busy schedule for Ben who was “hopefully starting work on another television series to take us through to next March.”
He said he was also looking forward to doing more of his stand-up gigs.
Watch out for more coverage of the Portfolio Awards in a supplement in next Wednesday’s Echo, filled with winners interviews and more photographs.