Star Wars and Harry Potter stars headline Durham Comic-Con

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
The worlds of Harry Potter and Star Wars collide at Rainton Arena next month,

Familiar faces from the two franchises will be at Durham Comic-Con, to be held in a big top tent at the arena on Sunday, July 4.

Appearing alongside Harry potter star Josh ‘Gregory Goyle’ Herdman will be Samantha Alleyne, best known for being the first female Stormtrooper in Star Wars as well as an Amazon in Wonder Woman.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

She will be joined by another name from the Star Wars Universe. Jasper Jacob played Captain Yorr in Episode VI: The Return Of The Jedi and will be making a rare convention appearance.

Have your photo taken on the Jaws stageHave your photo taken on the Jaws stage
Have your photo taken on the Jaws stage

Unfortunately Game of Thrones star Clive Russell has had to pull out due to filming commitments.

But the stars will be far from the only reason to attend.

Visitors will be able to have their photos taken on a specially constructed stage recreating a classic scene from Jaws – being eaten alive by the star – or visit the Gremlins cinema set.

Gamers will be well catered for, with NERG providing a blast from the past and the opportunity to your hand at some retro video gaming. Game On will also be providing a selection of board and card games, including a fantastic Warhammer selection, for those who prefer to avoid the small screen.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Durham Comic-Con is at Rainton Arena on July 4Durham Comic-Con is at Rainton Arena on July 4
Durham Comic-Con is at Rainton Arena on July 4
Read More
9 retro Star Wars photos from Sunderland - May the 4th be with you!

Visitors are being urged to come dressed as a TV, movie, game or anime character and enter the cosplay competition.

As well as the guests, there will be comic creators, authors and loads of traders with toys, comics, collectables, art, jewellery, gaming and much more on hand.

Featured trader for the event is Kilted Geek, an independent comic book and collectibles shop based in Hetton.

Josh HerdmanJosh Herdman
Josh Herdman

Sharon Hall, of organiser Unleashed Events, said: “Our last event at Durham was a huge success and we had a amazing feedback from those who attended.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"Rainton Arena is an amazing venue and even more spectacular is the Big Top where are holding the event.

"Durham Comic-Con has so much for you to see and do, it is packed full of geeky delights! Whatever your age it is a great day out and something all the family can enjoy.”

Tickets permitting early entry are available from

Tickets purchased for previous dates of Durham Comic-Con remain valid.

Support your Echo and become a subscriber today. Enjoy unlimited access to all of our news and sport, see fewer ads, experience faster load times, test your brain with daily puzzles and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. The Sunderland Echo has been on Wearside since 1873, and your support means we can continue telling your stories for generations to come. Click here to subscribe.