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Steve Whitmire performed and voiced SkekTek "The Scientist" Skeksis in The Dark Crystal. 

Whitmire began a career in puppetry at age 10 by performing at parties, church and school functions before being recruited by Sid and Marty Krofft to work at their Atlanta theme park as a greeter with his own puppet Otis. Whitmire moved on to produce and perform a daily three hour live television show "The Kids Show with Otis" on Atlanta’s WATL and was in negotiations to develop and produce a puppet caricature sitcom for Hanna-Barbera when he received a phone call from Jim Henson.

In 1978 by age 19, Whitmire had joined Henson’s core team during the height of the popularity of The Muppet Show, and had a hand in virtually every Muppet project for nearly four decades, including Sesame Street and non-Muppet films The Witches, Dreamchild, Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal. Steve also appeared in the popular ABC sitcom Dinosaurs and the classic 1980’s HBO television series Fraggle Rock in which he originated Wembley Fraggle and Sprocket the Dog.

Steve is best known for his 24-years as Sesame Street’s Ernie and his 27-years as Disney’s Kermit the Frog following Henson’s death in 1990. From his services in 19 films, 8 television series, numerous specials, multiple sound recordings, and extensive unique live appearances, Steve carries forth the essential principles of the lineage as the foundation for a progressive approach to the art of puppetry in today’s world. Currently Whitmire is producing his own internet series Cave In with Weldon the I.T. Guy which can be seen on You Tube or via SteveWhitmire.website

Melissa Whitmire was standing on a sidewalk in the middle of the night in Central London in 1980 watching the filming of The Great Muppet Caper Happiness Hotel bus scene when Jim Henson said 'Melissa grab a puppet and get on the bus' because he wanted more puppets to populate the scene and all the puppeteers were already working. Thus began her adventure into the hands-on world of puppetry in her first feature film.

After Caper, Melissa was assigned to work as Kira’s right hand in The Dark Crystal alongside Kathryn Mullen and Louise Gold, two of Henson’s most accomplished female performers in order to hone her newfound skills. When not working with team Kira, she worked alongside her husband Steve on The Scientist team and rounded out her time as various flora, fauna and pod people.

Other film credits include Muppets Take Manhattan and Dreamchild along with multiple Muppet television specials, and various live appearances assisting Steve with Kermit the Frog. Currently Melissa is working alongside her husband again in the internet series Cave In with Weldon the I.T. Guy.

In the new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Neil Sterenberg performed Rian, Tavra and also performed and voiced SkekOk The Scroll Keeper Skeksis, Aughra’s Podling Assistant and Grunak 1#.

For over twenty five years now, Neil has been producing puppets and puppetry for the UK television, commercial and film industry. He has had a hand involved in either making or performing many of the UK’s well loved TV puppets.

 

His work on Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has bought him full circle, the original film being one of the major inspirations that led him to seek a career in puppetry.

Beccy Henderson is an actress and puppeteer best known for performing Deet in Netflix's 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' and the bespectacled geek 'Aisling' in Channel 4's breakout comedy 'Derry Girls'.

 

As a member of the core puppetry team for 'The Dark Crystal', Beccy performs multiple other characters in the series including the fierce gelfling Naia, Maudra Seethi of the Dousan clan, the sad Vapran Wife and Juni from the Order of Lesser Service, as well as assisting with the Skeksis and countless other creatures. 

She also lent her voice to various characters including Deet's baby brother Bobb'n, Maudra Ethri, the Thrushpogs and Brea's filthy podling nuisance. 

 

Before landing her first original puppet character, Beccy had been an assistant puppeteer on a number of UK projects including 'Pajanimals', 'That Puppet Game Show' (Jim Henson Company), 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' (Disney), 'Wildwoods' (Sixteen South) and 'The Secret Life of Boys' (Cbbc).

We are very lucky to have our favourite Podling Hup making a very special appearance at The Great Con-Junction in February. 

Hup played an integral part in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. He is known for his bravery, loyalty and comedy!

Hup is performed and voiced by another one of our wonderful guests, Victor Yerrid. 

Hup is looking forward to meeting you all, and can’t wait to see your spoons!

Dave Barclay performed the Urskek puppet in the Dark Crystal. He was also a puppet builder for the Skekses, Urskeks and Aughra.

Dave is a Master Puppeteer, Animatronic Designer and Supervisor, a CG key frame Animator, Director and Producer of animatronic and animation projects for film and television.

In July 1979 he was offered the position of make-up assistant working for Stuart Freeborn on The Empire Strikes Back. The main challenge was a state-of-the-art hand puppet named YODA, and Dave assisted building duplicate parts, seaming the foam latex head skins, etc, but when Wendy Midener Froud became allergic to something on the set, Dave was drafted in as a puppeteer. Dave performed the cable controlled facial movements for Muppet master Frank Oz, the chief puppeteer.

When Frank had to return to New York to shoot Sesame Street, as the production had ran over, Frank nominated Dave to take over as chief puppeteer for Yoda.

Dave was then invited to become the first British puppet maker on a new adventurous project by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal. In November of 1979, Dave joined a handful of Henson's American puppet makers, to develop puppets that would finally become the entire cast of the movie. And so started the long term relationship and desire to push the envelope in animatronic performance art.

Dave’s TV and Film credits include: The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal, Return of the Jedi, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jim Henson's Labyrinth, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats and Dogs, The Muppets, Snow Dogs, Fraggle Rock, Lost In Space, Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Looney Tunes, Back In Action, Where the Wild Things Are, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and many more!

Tim Clarke is a Master Toy Designer also known as the "King of Gross"

For over 30 years Tim has been Inventing, Designing and Sculpting some of the most unusual toys to ever be marketed in the US and abroad. Known as the "King of Gross" after co-creating in the 80's Sectaurs (Coleco) and Boglins (Mattel). Tim now launches his new line of Boglins and Sectaurs.

'I love creating my own mythology. The world is filled with modern day mythological creatures you can find them in every nook and cranny of your bedroom closet'.

Tim started his career designing and building puppets for the Muppets. Most notable were the Mystics and the Slaves that he sculpted for the movie the Dark Crystal as well as the Crystal Bats and the many other environmental puppets guided by the incredible drawings of Brian Froud. He also worked on puppets for Sesame Street, Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock for which he built Traveling Matt. After Dark Crystal was launched he garnered his first toy sculpting gig with Hasbro creating the Garthim, Mystics and Lanstrider toys. 

He has also created toys for Melissa and Doug toys, EK Success, Hasbro, Mattel, Coleco, Kenner, Ideal Lossirs, to mention just a few. 

Tim will have Boglins and other puppets he has designed for sale at the event. 

For The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Victor was the principle puppeteer that performed the Podling hero Hup, and he voiced the brave little guy too! He also performed Skekzok the Ritual Master Skeksis, and the Gelfling Kylan.

Victor has been a principle puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company, Sid & Marty Krofft, and the Muppets. His work includes The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Hangover, Men In Black II, Team America, The Producers, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Sid the Science Kid, Word Party, Mutt & Stuff, Hannah Montana, The Pajanimals, Sigmund & the Sea Monsters, Bear in the Big Blue House, Sesame Street, Community, Angel, Greg The Bunny, Warren The Ape, The Sarah Silverman Program, Celebrity Apprentice, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, No You Shut Up, That Puppet Gameshow, Late Night Liars, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, Neil’s Puppet Dreams, and The 2010 Grammy Awards.

He has also provided voices for Robot Chicken, MADD, Family Guy, and The Simpsons.

Richard was the puppeteer for UrIm the Healer Mystic in The Dark Crystal. He has also performed in the films Paul, and Employee of The Month, on the film crew and on the stunt crew respectively.

Richard trained at the Royal Ballet School where he twice won the Ursula Moreton choreographic award. He first appeared, as a student, with the Royal Ballet in 1974.He went on to be a dancer and choreographer working internationally and appeared in the BBC documentary ‘The Next Generation.’

Richard has spent over forty continuous years as dancer, choreographer and teacher having danced some three hundred roles, approaching eight thousand performances and created over two hundred original works. He still enjoys dancing and still teaches, producing dancers for the future

Guests at the Great Con-Junction

Lisa voiced the enchanting Heroine Kira in The Dark Crystal. she was just 17 at the time and had never done any voiceover work before. But didn’t she do an amazing job!

Lisa Maxwell is an English actress, presenter and comedian, best known for playing Detective Inspector Samantha Nixon in the ITV1 drama The Bill between 2002 and 2009. In 2013 she appeared in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, playing Naomi, the girlfriend of established character, David Wicks.

In 2016, Lisa played Judy Garland in the UK tour of End of the Rainbow and also joined the cast of Hollyoaks as Tracey Donovan, the mother of established character, Grace Black.

In 1985, Lisa won a television vote to become a presenter on the BBC Two pop music show No Limits. She then went on to become a presenter on a number of children's programmes including Children's ITV flagship magazine programme Splash!

In March 2009, Maxwell began appearing as a regular panellist on ITV's lunchtime chat show, Loose Women. Lisa was also a contestant on celebrity MasterChef. 

Lisa is currently starring in the award winning musical Calender Girls, touring in the UK and Ireland. www.thegirlsmusical.com. 

Nick Kellington is one of the UK’s principle Creature Performers.

Nick is the performer inside SkekMal The Hunter’s body suit on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, working along side Kevin Clash whom puppeteers SkekMal’s face.

Nick is also a core member of Neal Scanlan's Creature FX Team on the new Star Wars films, appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as the popular Space Monkey Bistan and Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Snook Uccorfay.

On CBeebies Nick plays Dispy in the current Teletubbies reboot, is the children’s bedtime favorite Igglepiggle on In the Night Garden as well as puppeteering the teeny tiny Pontipines, and the orangutan guitarist Tang on ZingZillas. Nick was the choreographer and Tom movement artist for the animated adventure series Tree Fu Tom and is one of Will Singalot’s Merry Men on Gigglebiz (a rare sighting as a human!). He was also a Lead Puppeteer on Strange Hill High, a fully rod-puppet based show on CBBC.

Nick was also a Sontaran Warrior in David Tennant’s Dr Who, plays Mr. Beach the sandy hero of the OnTheBeach.com commercials, the bear creature performer for the BBC drama Our Zoo, the Neanderthal performer for the BBC documentary Neanderthals Meet Your Ancestors and The Beast in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s film Slaugterhouse Rulez.

Brian Froud is considered the pre-eminent fairy artist of our generation, whose prolific body of art is recognized the world over.

Brian Froud's draughtsmanship, artistic techniques and wisdom of folklore caught the eyes of many, including Jim Henson. Upon discovering Froud's lavish and mysterious drawings in the book, Once Upon a Time, and recognizing Froud's complex and singular artistic vision of the faerie world in The Land of Froud, Jim Henson chose Brian, in 1978, to help him create a unique otherworld feature-film which became known as The Dark Crystal.

It was at the Henson studios, in 1978, that Brian Froud met his future wife, Wendy Froud, doll-maker, puppet builder, sculptor and writer, who had been hired to sculpt three dimensional versions of Brian’s Gelfling designs for The Dark Crystal. Wendy sculpted the heads of Jen and Kira, our two protagonist Gelflings. The same year, she worked with Stuart Freeborn and Frank Oz to make Yoda for Star Wars.

Wendy Froud has been a doll maker since the age of five. As soon as she could bend a pipe cleaner and tape bits of fabric together, she began to make the kind of dolls she couldn't buy. Dolls of centaurs and satyrs, unicorns and faeries, all to populate her childhood world. She continues to do so to this day. Wendy's dolls and figures are highly sought after and are in many prestigious collections around the world.

In 1983, Brian Froud and Jim Henson conceived the story for their next film collaboration, Labyrinth, for which Brian was the film's concept designer. Brian and Wendy's son Toby Froud made his film debut as the infant baby "Toby." Once again, Labyrinth, like The Dark Crystal, set new standards for design, puppeteering and animatronics in film which are today, considered landmarks in the evolution of modern day special effects. 

Kiran Shah is the shortest stuntman currently performing in the world. After taking on the role of scale and stunt double for Frodo (Elijah Woods) and also for doubling other hobbits when leading the scene in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he returned to Middle Earth as the scale double for Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in The Hobbit trilogy. His stunt credits include Superman I & II, Braveheart, and Titanic. Kiran has also made a career as an actor, playing parts such as Blunder in Ridley Scott’s Legend and Ginarrbrik, the White Witch’s sleigh driver in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A Star Wars veteran, he is also in all the new Star Wars films playing many creature characters.

Kiran started working on Dark Crystal in late 1978. To begin with, Kiran was training to be the Chamberlain Skeksis. Jim Henson asked Kiran to be Jen’s walking, running and stunt double. Kiran trained with Movement director Jean-Pierre Amiel. As well as producing Jen’s movement for most wide and mid shots when not being puppeteered by Jim Henson, Kiran also did the same for Chamberlain and Slave Master when not being puppeteered by Frank Oz and Mike Quinn. When you see the Landstriders for the first time Kiran was the baby Landstrider.

In 1979 still training with Jean, Jim and Frank they started throwing lots of different characters at Kiran and he started performing them. Filming started around March/April and Kiran was kept very busy most days. Kiran learnt a lot from Jim and many others. Kiran has many fond memories and really enjoyed being involved with this world. Kiran operated a few of the Pod people puppets in the festival scene, he also operated a couple of bird creatures in the cage when the Scientist was draining Kira in the lab. He was also operating cables for Animatronic Skeksis puppets. He did stunts for Kira when she flew down with Jen on her back and in the Crystal Chamber when she flies down to pick up the Crystal. Kiran was the only stuntman on the film.

This film opened the door for Kiran to work as a creature performer on lots of films, TV and commercials in his career.

Louise Gold is a puppeteer, actress and singer whose career has spanned more than four decades. She is best known for her work as a puppeteer on television and for roles in musical theatre in the West End.

Louise began training in the arts at an early age.. She was a puppeteer and voice actress for The Muppet Show, for four seasons, and later for Sesame Street, and she has performed voice and puppet work on various other Muppet films, albums and television specials. She was a founder of, and lead puppeteer for, the satirical television show Spitting Image and occasionally thereafter. She has had other television, film and voice roles since then.

Louise is also known as an actress in musical theatre, having starred in numerous shows in the West End, beginning with Joe Papp's London production of The Pirates of Penzance. She has played such roles as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Phyllis in Follies, Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Mrs Sowerberry and Mrs Bedwin in Oliver!, and Mazeppa in Gypsy, among many others. 

Not only did Louise puppeteer SkekAyuk the Gourmand Skeksis in the original Dark Crystal, but she also reprised that role in the new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance as well as performing the all-maudra, maudra argot (who she also voiced), Onica and a Podling servant! 

Mike Edmonds is an actor with dwarfism, known for his role as Little Ron in the children's television show Maid Marian and Her Merry Men.

Edmonds can also be seen dancing in the Men Without Hats music video "The Safety Dance" as a dwarf jester, wearing a shirt for their Rhythm of Youth album.

Edmonds has also appeared in several films, including Flash Gordon (1980), The Dark Crystal , and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Edmonds played the role of Og in the Terry Gilliam film Time Bandits. In Star wars Return of the Jedi,  he performed as the Ewok Logray as well as the operator for Jabba the Hutt's tail.

Mikes most notable role in the Dark Crystal is that he performed the full-bodied Aughra. 

Mike Quinn had his early start in the industry in 1980. He was hand picked by Jim Henson to puppeteer alongside him and Frank Oz on The Great Muppet Caper and The Dark Crystal. where he performed SkekNa the Slave Master Skeksis. .His third film was on the most successful film ever at that time,- The Return Of The Jedi, assisting with Yoda and performing Nien Nunb, Lando's alien co-pilot in the Millennium Falcon.

Other film and television projects included the international co-productions of Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Labyrinth, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and many more films & Henson television shows.

In 1988 he co-owned a production company for ten years in the UK called Ultimate Animates, through which he and Dave Barclay developed the world's first digital puppeteer recording and playback system in 1991..

In the late 1990's he was head hunted by Pixar to animate characters for a Bug's Life (the world's first all digital feature from creation to delivery) and Toy Story 2. He later went on to animate the famed dinosaurs from Jurassic Park 3 and creatures, including Yoda for Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, for ILM.

More recently he conquered the game industry, working on an MMO for NCSoft, RockBand 2 for the WII and PS2 and was lead animator on Bonk: Brink Of Extinction.

His longstanding career with the Muppets turned full circle with his current work on the box office hit film The Muppets, which achieved high acclaim from both critics and fans alike.

 

Simon J. Williamson was one of the foremost mime artist/creature performers in film/tv industry in the early 1980’s. You will have seen his work in Star Wars Return of the Jedi, Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal, Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors, and in three Muppet films. 

 

Outside the world of Star Wars he is also an actor, writer and director. As a director, his latest short film is The Right Hand Man, and has been seen at Festivals worldwide, including Atlanta, Rome, Cannes and Cardiff.

Six months before his engagement on RETURN OF THE JEDI, Simon finished a year’s work on Jim Henson’s ground-breaking DARK CRYSTAL. His main characters were the Mystic (UrRu), Ursol, the Chanter; plus Garthim, Skekses, pod people ..etc

 

Simon regards Max Rebo as the main character he played in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI, but he also had a lot of fun playing Gamorrean guards – Jubnuk (who gets eaten by the monstrous Rancor) and Gartogg, the main guard in Jabba’s palace. He also played a Mon Calamari officer and assisted Mike Quinn in his masterful puppeteering of Nein Numb.

He made his first signing appearance in Paris at the Starday2 event run by TOYSTAR, in 2004 and has been to conventions all over the world since then.

Mike Quinn had his early start in the industry in 1980. He was hand picked by Jim Henson to puppeteer alongside him and Frank Oz on The Great Muppet Caper and The Dark Crystal. where he performed SkekNa the Slave Master Skeksis. .His third film was on the most successful film ever at that time,- The Return Of The Jedi, assisting with Yoda and performing Nien Nunb, Lando's alien co-pilot in the Millennium Falcon.

Other film and television projects included the international co-productions of Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Labyrinth, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and many more films & Henson television shows.

In 1988 he co-owned a production company for ten years in the UK called Ultimate Animates, through which he and Dave Barclay developed the world's first digital puppeteer recording and playback system in 1991..

In the late 1990's he was head hunted by Pixar to animate characters for a Bug's Life (the world's first all digital feature from creation to delivery) and Toy Story 2. He later went on to animate the famed dinosaurs from Jurassic Park 3 and creatures, including Yoda for Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, for ILM.

More recently he conquered the game industry, working on an MMO for NCSoft, RockBand 2 for the WII and PS2 and was lead animator on Bonk: Brink Of Extinction.

His longstanding career with the Muppets turned full circle with his current work on the box office hit film The Muppets, which achieved high acclaim from both critics and fans alike.

 

Simon J. Williamson was one of the foremost mime artist/creature performers in film/tv industry in the early 1980’s. You will have seen his work in Star Wars Return of the Jedi, Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal, Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors, and in three Muppet films. 

 

Outside the world of Star Wars he is also an actor, writer and director. As a director, his latest short film is The Right Hand Man, and has been seen at Festivals worldwide, including Atlanta, Rome, Cannes and Cardiff.

Six months before his engagement on RETURN OF THE JEDI, Simon finished a year’s work on Jim Henson’s ground-breaking DARK CRYSTAL. His main characters were the Mystic (UrRu), Ursol, the Chanter; plus Garthim, Skekses, pod people ..etc

 

Simon regards Max Rebo as the main character he played in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI, but he also had a lot of fun playing Gamorrean guards – Jubnuk (who gets eaten by the monstrous Rancor) and Gartogg, the main guard in Jabba’s palace. He also played a Mon Calamari officer and assisted Mike Quinn in his masterful puppeteering of Nein Numb.

He made his first signing appearance in Paris at the Starday2 event run by TOYSTAR, in 2004 and has been to conventions all over the world since then.

Tim Rose is an Actor, Puppeteer and creature performer. Tim performed the Treasurer Skeksis in The Dark Crystal..  He has worked on several other Henson productions including Labyrinth as a character designer, on The Great Muppet Caper as a technical designer, and for The Muppet Christmas Carol as a voice performer. More recently, Rose built characters for the Henson series, Me and My Monsters.

Tim is best known for playing the role of Admiral Ackbar in the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, a role which he played again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.. In addition, Tim also puppeteered the characters of Sy Snootles and Salacious Crumb in Jedi, and has been involved with other Lucasfilms and The Jim Henson Company projects. including Howard the Duck.

He also helped in puppeteering the character of Tik-Tok in Walt Disney Pictures' Return to Oz. Tim made the puppets Cosmo and Dibs for the BBC children's series You and Me. They debuted on that show in 1983. He also went to do Assistant Puppeteer on Barnaby Bear

Professionally engaged in dance, theatre, television and films for 25 years. Hugh Spight trained at Cardiff College of Music and Drama and the Andrew Hardie School for Dance, London. He appeared in numerous musicals including West End productions at Drury Lane, Palladium, Cambridge Theatre and at new London Theatre (Cats).

His work in film includes appearances in the Elephant Man, History of the World, Great Muppet Caper, Dark Crystal and Star Wars - Return of the Jedi.

In the Dark Crystal Hugh performed one of the Landstriders, figuring out if at least half his body weight was suspended He could gallop on stills!  Hugh also perfomed UrAmaj the Cook Mystic. 

In television Hugh's roles have been many and various from presenting on Thames Television series 'Through the Eyes of a Child' to appearing in the Doctor Who adventures.

Other credits include Tripods (BBC), Luna (CTV), Abbracadabra (C4), Four Minute Mile (BBC) and Tumbledown (BBC).

Toby Philpott ‘s father was an eminent puppeteer, author and teacher; his mother was an actress and singer who ended up teaching voice. He  started performing when travelling. Seven years of work as a comedy acrobatic juggler (and studying masks and mime) led to working on animatronic puppets with Jim Henson on The Dark Crystal, where he played Garthim, UrTih the Alchemist, and worked on Jim’s support team, helping operate Jen and the Ritual Master, as well as background creatures, Pod People, etc. 

 

He later worked on Jabba the Hutt for Return of The Jedi, and on creatures for Labyrinth.  After movies, he got involved with encouraging circus/theatre; helping open and run circus schools, and touring/performing with NoFit State Circus. He then left show business, and spent 15 years as computer whisperer for his local library, exploring and teaching  internet use.  He is now retired.

Stephen’s soft and inquisitive voice helped create the perfect character for The Dark Crystals male lead -the kind and courageous Gelfling Hero Jen. 

Stephen Garlick is a British Actor who has provided many voices for radio, TV commercials and films. In 1973, Stephen played the role of Ned in the second series of The Adventures of Black Beauty. He also appeared in another film for the Children's Film Foundation in 1975 called The Hostages.

 

A year later he played an alien called Kwaan in the Thames Television sci-fi series The Tomorrow People. He played the part of Tim Moffat in the controversial six-part serial, Two People, for London Weekend Television. One of his more notable television appearances was as John Standen, the son of a duplicitous business man Ted Standen (Gareth Hunt) in the Minder episode The Son Also Rises in which he appeared with fellow Corona boy Dennis Waterman. Stephen also played Ibbotson in the Doctor Who story, Mawdryn Undead.[9] Other TV appearances include Lovejoy and The Bill.

John Coppinger is a sculptor and was one of the design and fabrication supervisors for the environmental creatures in The Dark Crystal. Models that he produced for the film include those of walking trees for a swamp sequence, and he supervised the creation of moving flowers, flying seeds, a giant swamp creature, and the crystal spiders on Aughra's mountain.

Also with Jim Henson's Creature Shop, John worked on the computer-generated models for the film, Babe, on sea creatures for the mini-series The Odyssey and others.

Beyond Henson, John was instrumental in designing Jabba the Hutt for Return of the Jedi and performed as a Wookiee Senator in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. He has also worked on Return to Oz with many of his Dark Crystal colleagues, The Fifth Element, and Harry Potter. While continuing to make models for films and museums, John has added author to his resume, publishing his first novel in 2008

Michael Kilgarriff is an actor and pianist. As an actor, he is well known for two things: his rich voice—leading to much radio and voice over work—and his height. At six feet five inches tall, he is sought for certain roles, the most notable of which has been The Cyber Controller in Doctor Who, a role he played in 1967 and 1985. He also appeared in the series as an Ogron and as the eponymous K1 Robot in the story Robot.

He returned to play the K1 Robot in the Big Finish Productions Bernice Summerfield audio adventure The Relics of Jegg-Sau. He also did voice work for The Twelve Tasks of Asterix as Obelix, the Jim Henson movie The Dark Crystal as SkekUng, the Garthim master (Named "The General" in the movie), was film director Joe Steiner in the UFO episode "Conflict", and played the part of the Green King in the 1978 BBCtv serial The Moon Stallion.

Kilgarriff is a music hall enthusiast, and wrote what is considered the definitive guide to music hall songs: Sing Us One of the Old Songs: A Guide to Popular Song from 1860-1920 (Oxford University Press, 1998).[6] This work lists thousands of influential songs by singer, lyricist and composer. Kilgarriff himself was a regular performer at the legendary Players' Theatre Club in Villiers Street, Charing Cross, London, where he took the part of Chairman many times as well as performing comic songs, accompanying at the piano and directing.

From 1974 until 1997 Val Charlton worked on seventeen popular feature films and several smaller films mainly as a special effects model-maker and creature costume supervisor. Nine of these were written, directed or co-directed by members of the Monty Python team and included: Monty Python and The Holy Grail 1974; Jabberwocky 1975; Life of Brian 1978; Time Bandits 1981; The Meaning of Life 1983; Brazil 1985; Adventures of the Baron Munchausen 1988; Eric the Viking 1989; Fierce Creatures 1997.  On Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits Val was the 'Supervising Model Maker for Visual Effects' where she led a team of four women artists, introducing most of them to a new career in film.

On the dark crystal, working from a drawing by Brian Froud, Val Charlton designed, modelled and supervised the building of the ‘Landstriders'. On Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth, Brian Froud's drawings were the inspiration for ‘Hoggle’, whose head Val modelled in clay. She also led the team that built the five 'Riding Goblins’ based on Brian’s drawings, where she modelled the creatures and designed innovative fabrication methods, which worked exceptionally well for their fleeting moments in the film. 

For Greystokes: The Legend of Tarzan, Val worked as a modeller on Rick Baker’s team that won the Oscar in 1982 for making the chimps. In 1984 working as a modeller, fabricator and painter, Val was part of the team that won both the Bafta and the Oskar for special effects on Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. The following year,  she was part of the team that won the Bafta for special effects on Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. I

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