Ruby Bentall

Yesterday I got three autographs from Ruby Bentall, who plays the sweet Verity Poldark, one of my three favourite characters in the new BBC show Poldark (alongside Ross Poldark, Aidan Turner, and Demelza, Eleanor Tomlinson, whose autograph I got in August. I don’t know the books, so I have no idea what will happen next, I just hope Verity finally finds some happiness after constantly being oppressed by her brother and her father.

I’m very happy to add her autograph to my collection. :)

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The full scans can be found on the page “Other TV shows”. Please contact me or comment here if you want the password.

George Blagden & Scott Bakula

I got two more autographs today, one from the fabulous George Blagden, who plays Graintaire in the Les Miserables movie – and Athelstan in Vikings (which I just started watching, so I’ll have to write him again eventually). And the other one from Scott Bakula, Dwayne Pride in NCIS: NOLA, and of course Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise – which I haven’t started watching yet but certainly will and I’ll probably want his autograph on a photo from ST too, so I sent two from NCIS and one from ST, and he kindly signed all of them :)

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Scott Bakula

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Sophie Turner & Iain Glen

I’m newly addicted to Game of Thrones. I knew it would absolutely be to my liking, but I also knew I would hate to wait for new seasons, so I decided not to watch it until the series ended. Well, I managed to steer clear of it for 5 years, but a few weeks ago I gave in (and watched the first four seasons within 1 1/2 weeks :D). Now I’m waiting for the fifth season to be released on Blu Ray and in the meantime I started collecting autographs of the GoT cast.

Since I knew that I’d like the show, I had the foresight to let two cast members also sign GoT photos, when I sent them photos for other roles: Harry Lloyd, to whom I wrote because of his role in Robin Hood, and Peter Dinklage. The latter is an especially curious case, because I sent him three photos, one for Narnia, one for X-Men where I love his performance, and one for GoT which I hadn’t watched at that point. I was a bit disappointed for obvious reasons when he only signed one – the GoT photo. Now, however, I’m pretty happy about this autograph, especially since Tyrion happens to be one of my four favourite characters.

And yesterday and today I got my first “official” GoT autographs (since the first two I got while I wasn’t even watching the show ;)) – Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, and Iain Glen, Jorah Mormont. I do hope that they’ll still be around after season 5. No spoilers please ;)

Both signed the 3 photos I sent them, and very quickly too, it took only 20 and 21 days respectively.

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I added the full scans (and the ones from Harry Lloyd and Peter Dinklage) to the newly created Game of Thrones page (Other TV shows –> GoT). The password is the same as for the other pages, if you want to get access, please comment on this post of send me an e-mail :)

Dan Hennah & John Williams

Since my last post I got two terrific autograph successes.

Dan Hennah‘s was one of my most wanted autographs. He is, of course, the production designer and art director for the LotR and Hobbit trilogies, was nominated for 5 Oscars (for LotR, LotR, LotR, King Kong and Hobbit: AUJ) and won the Oscar for RotK. He kindly signed the photo I sent him (though his signature is a bit smudged), and answered my question about his favourite set – it’s Edoras – on the back of the Hobbit hole WETA postcard I sent him (and signed there again). I’m absolutely over the moon about this autograph :)

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And today I got an autograph of John Williams, composer of the Star Wars and HP soundtracks (among many many others). An amazing success, since he is a real legend! I knew he didn’t sign photos anymore and sends out index cards, so I just sent a letter, no photo. He signed an index card and wrote a few notes on it :) So cool! :)

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Autographs in September: Eddie Redmayne & Dallas Barnett

Since my last post I got two replies on the same day:

Eddie Redmayne

I just had to send to him again, since I had only sent photos from Les Mis the last time – while he was filming Jupiter Ascending – but I found the movie Jupiter Ascending and the Abrasax characters very interesting, so I wanted his autograph on photos from that movie, too. He replied very quickly, within 3 weeks. :-)

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Dallas Barnett

He plays Bill Ferny Sr. in Hobbit: DoS, so a great addition to my LotR/Hobbit collection, especially since he added a cool inscription, and kindly answered the questionnaire I sent him. Btw.: he’ll be at HobbitCon 2016, and challenged Mark Atkin to a gummy bear eating contest. Seems like a fun guy! :)

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 added the full scans to the pages Hobbit and Other movies.

autographs since May: Alexander Ludwig, Eddie Redmayne, Eleanor Tomlinson, Howard Shore, Lara Pulver, Louise Brealey

I got a few autographs via mail since May, also I bought a few, and then there was a bunch of LotR autographs I purchased in December/January, which I never posted. So I’m just gonna post the signatures now. I uploaded everything on the respective pages.

First the autographs I got via mail, in alphabetical order:

Alexander Ludwig (Cato / Hunger Games)

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Eddie Redmayne (Marius / Les Míserables –> see “Musicals”)

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Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza / Poldark –> see “Other TV shows”)

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Howard Shore [composer / LotR & Hobbit]


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Lara Pulver (Isabella / Robin Hood –> see “Other TV shows” & Irene Adler / Sherlock)

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Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper / Sherlock)

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Then the ones I bought recently:

Ben Mitchell (Narzug / Hobbit)

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Brian Yang (Charlie Fong / Hawaii Five-0)

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Mary Nesbitt (Tilda / Hobbit)

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Peggy Nesbitt (Sigrid / Hobbit)

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Pierfrancesco Favino (General Glozelle / Narnia)

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Sean Astin (Sam / LotR)

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And just a few of the 19 LotR autographs I purchased early this year:

Calum Gittins (Haleth, son of Hama)

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Ian Hughes (Irolas)

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John Howe

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Sam Comery (Éothain)

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Ed Asner & Billy Burke

I got two autographs (2×2) yesterday, from Ed Asner and Billy Burke.

Ed Asner had two very impressive episodes in Hawaii Five-0, reprising his character from the old H5O-series: August March. It was a brilliant move to bring him back, and that he managed to fool the team in both episodes, almost until the end. And even then, March chose his own way out instead of going to jail. Even though this was a great turn (for the plot and a great end for the character), I would have loved to see him more often!

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Billy Burke was one of the best cast choices in the Twilight series, but I really loved him in Revolution. His role Miles Matheson was far from being the typical good lead character; nothing was really black and white in this series, which is why I really enjoyed that show (even though I hated the insane AI part in the 2nd season. His bromance with/bitter hatred towards Monroe (yes, both actually, and at the same time!) was just terrific and their need to work with each other certainly made up for the crappy AI part. It’s a pity that the show got cancelled after the 2nd season.

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autographs since November: Simon London, Jane Abbott, Stephen Fry, Wes Studi, Natalie Dormer, John Cornell

I got a few autographs since my last autograph related post:

Simon London (Feren / Hobbit)

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Third time’s a charm in this case. Simon played the Mirkwood elf with the horn in Hobbit: DoS and who tells Legolas that Tauriel’s been banished and participates in the battle (he’s around when Thranduil decides that enough elven blood has been spilled and calls back his troops).

Jane Abbott (riding double for Liv Tyler)

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She and her horse Florian were the ones doing the pre-Bruinen scene, fleeing from the Nazgul. She also played a rider of Rohan.

Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown / Hobbit)

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I already got his autograph earlier but back then there were no photos of him as Master of Laketown; so I decided to write him again and also got an autograph for my aunt who’s a big fan of his books.

Wes Studi (Eytukan/Avatar)

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I absolutely love the movie Avatar and I’m still trying to get autographs of the main cast, so when I saw that Mr. Studi started signing again, I wrote him and thankfully he signed all three photos :)

Natalie Dormer (Anne Boleyn/Tudors & Cressida/Hunger Games)

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I didn’t like her role Anne in the Tudors because I liked Queen Catherine of Aragon too much, but I loved to hate her and Natalie did a terrific job in that show. I also liked her very much in Mockingjay part I (and her haircut was really cool ;)).

John Cornell (Glenstorm/Narnia)

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Another autograph for my Narnia collection. The spanish/latin-american actors who played the Telmarines are all very elusive but at least I got another one of the centaurs now. :)

HobbitCon 3

I’m afraid this time there won’t be a long report this time. My camera crashed right before the first panel on Sunday morning. Actually I think it crashed during the game show on Saturday evening, because at the end the camera suddenly went black; I switched battery when I got back to the hotel, and I managed to switch it on again. I thought everything was okay, and I made a test photo Sunday morning at the con, and it worked, so, no problem… until I switched it on again at the first panel… and it didn’t work.

I think it’s kind of a mechanical error. So, the camera is broken and it was just Sunday morning. The Con weekend wasn’t entirely ruined though, since one live-saving angel, I meant helper, let me borrow her camera on Monday.

Long story short, On Saturday evening I thought I’d rather do it the next day, then my camera crashed and I was too annoyed and got a cold and the day was ruined anyway, and on Monday I had fever and a hellish headache… and now I’m back to my everyday life, so no long report, I’m sorry.

But I have a few photos to share (The photos within the text are just a little teaser… at the bottom of this post are many more) and of course, all in all it was a terrific convention, the HobbitCon still is the best convention out there! And the best thing: There will be a HobbitCon 4! Hell yeah!!

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There were so many hilarious and great moments… just to mention some stuff:

– the Sylvester McCoy’s panels, basically one big hilarious, crazy moment! This guy is just incredible. Where does he get the energy from? :D

  • he (still) hates Sebastian who outshone him in that scene where he was “alone with a stuffed animal, thanks to the wizards of WETA”
  • hedgehogs may be the only animals, the vegetarian Radagast would roast ;)
  • answering the question, who his favourite doctor is: “me”
  • what would it be like if Radagast and the Doctor met? Scary and weird, meeting himself.

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John Bell

  • Cute kid! I think he really enjoyed the attention and was one entertaining guest I’d like to see again next year!
  • demonstrating how Richard Armitage “dances like a dad”.
  • in general his many funny faces… hence the many pictures of him (also because I took so many photos of the others on the last two cons)

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Jeffrey Thomas

  • Very cool. Although I’m afraid I missed the panel with him and John Bell on Sunday because I was frantically trying to fix my camera -.- I’d love to see him again, too.
  • answering a question to what music the dwarves would listen: Thror was a massive ABBA-fan from a very young age.


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  •  with his “moustache of authority”


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  • I think I can only repeat what I wrote about the first and second HobbitCon. They really are family and that familiarity extends to the fans to some degree. Such a relaxed and fun bunch of people. It’s a pleasure to watch them interact. Plus…
  • Adam Brown literally has made the most incredible experiences. His casting story for that commercial had everybody in the main hall laughing till we cried. Almost as good as his “left testicle” story last year. Oh, and the mailbox story from Dean O’Gorman at the first HC. I’m saying almost… not quite. But it was hilarious! Let’s see if I remember all: Before shooting the Hobbit he had never gone to a gymn, but went to a casting for some commercial, that required him to run on a treadmill. So he did, assuring the casting director that he knew how to run on that machine. When the man said “go”, he just started running – and ran against the handle, because obviously he should have switched it on first. Anyway, then he ran and ran as fast as he could, with a riding helmet on his head. Only to get told, “well that wasn’t very fast”. When he left, with the riding helmet still on (which was needed for the casting/commercial), he was so exhausted that he fainted outside, and only woke up two hours later, getting called by the casting guys that they needed the riding helmet.
  • Mark Hadlow shaving Mark Ferguson’s “Pornobalken” (the moustache he had due to a promise to his son, to be seen with a moustache in a very public place) on stage during an impromptu scene they played.
  • (and Adam Brown googling on his phone what a “Pornobalken” is… or rather its translation by Mark Ferguson, porno bar. You can imagine his face! :D)
  • Adam Brown about Jed Brophy: “I sometimes think Jed is actually CGI“
  • Graham McTavish in a kilt… wow. :D
  • Mark Hadlow singing “Nessun Dorma”!
  • Grahaim McTavish about the ending: If Dwalin could have changed it, he would have died instead of Thorin, Kili and Fili. Didn’t surprise me at all.

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Luke Evans

  • Wowwowwow! What a revelation. This man is so down-to-earth, funny, kind, and boy this man can sing! I was seriously smitten after the first day, and he just kept singing every request (I think five times?) I mean, I really liked his voice before, but I had no idea whatsoever that he was such a talented singer. I will most definitely watch Beauty and the Beast when it comes out! But he absolutely should record an album. Can somebody please start a petition? ;) (just a little treat:… gives me goosebumbs just listening to that again. I think I was done for after he sang “Music of the night” from Phantom of the Opera).
  • about meeting Lee Pace in New York by chance: Lee Pace said: “Bard”. Luke said “Thranduil”. And they walked on by.
  • about his new fame: One time he stranded in a small Italian village at 3 a.m. in the night, and an Italian boy whispered to his friend: “Bardo!”
  • Luke and John acting the bell tower scene with a dragon in the audience (*deep sigh* and I didn’t have a camera…)

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Costume contest

  • wowwowwow! There were many many great costumes, but most impressive were, in my opinion, the costumes that won. Thror, Thrain and Thorin as a group, and Hitzi’s Thorin solo. These armors were truly stunning! I’m really sad that I didn’t have a camera on that day!
  • Fili -> “I just can’t wait to be king”! That was hilarious!

Maybe I’ll remember more tidbits later. The photos above are just a little teaser… here are many more:




autographs since June: Craig Robert Young, Joel Tobeck, Manu Bennett

Hasn’t been a very good time since June (only autograph-wise, though, otherwise it was), so I’m gonna post the few successes in one post. One autographs of the three I bought, so they don’t count really as successes.

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Craig Robert Young: This was a surprise success, since I sent my letter in 2012 via the Hawaii Five-0 set but
since his role, Dracul Comescu, got killed after one episode, I didn’t think he’d get the letter. So I’m surprised, but very happy about this :)

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Joel Tobeck: He played the orc Guritz, aka “Skully” in LotR. I decided to add to my LotR collection a few minor characters and since I “miss” the good old prosthetic LotR orcs in the Hobbit, he was on my list, too.

Manu Bennett

Manu Bennett: Speaking of prosthetic orcs and CGI orcs – I still don’t like the look of Azog and would have preferred him to be a prosthetic orc, but since there are even worse CGI orcs in the Hobbit (:-/) Azog is growing on me. Plus, he’s one of the main characters, so I needed to add him to my collection. Plus Manu Bennett did, of course, a great job; it’s not his fault that the orc looks aren’t as convincing as they were in LotR. So I’m very glad that I finally got his autograph, with the help of Andrea who got this autograph for me at RingCon this year.

Killian Donnelly

I sent a few letters to British actors while I was in London and got the first response today:

Killian Donnelly, who plays Courfeyrac in the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables (at Royal Albert Hall), and Combeferre in the Les Mis movie.

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Thank you very much :)

Sarah Peirse

Yay, I got another Hobbit autograph: From Sarah Peirse, who had a small but noticeable role in Desolation of Smaug, named Hilda Blanca: the woman from Laketown who first sees the dwarves when they arrive and later gossips about them. :) Mrs. Peirse kindly signed the photos I sent and answered the questionnaire :)

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Thanks a lot Mrs. Peirse, and thank you Dani for posting the address!

Star Trek in concert

I was in London for a few days, for the Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness concerts and there was a great surprise at the ST concert on Thursday: The first person to come onto the stage was Simon “Scotty” Pegg himself, who was beamed there by accident. ;) He quickly brought onto stage Michael Giacchino, the composer – I didn’t expect that since someone else conducted the concert -, who then brought on no other than JJ Abrams!!

What a brilliant start! The concert was wonderful and gave me goosebumps several times. I hadn’t seen the movie for quite a while and hadn’t seen it on the big screen before (only got to see it when it was already available on DVD for some time, since I wasn’t really intrigued by Star Trek before). So it was a wonderful experience and the orchestra outdid itself.

After the show of course they received standing ovation and then Michael Giacchino came back onto the stage and conducted a wonderful piece of the score he did for the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I guess I’ll get this soundtrack, even though I don’t know if I’m gonna see the movie in cinema.

During the intermission I had bought the booklet for ST and STiD in Concert, since I wanted to try to get at least Michael Giacchino’s autograph afterwards – in a situation like this my hunting instincts always kick in ;) It took quite some waiting, but then JJ came out and signed for all who were still waiting (I guess it was almost an hour after the concert ended). Then Simon Pegg, who was extrordinarily friendly. He was so willing to sign everything and take photos with each and every person who had waited there for them. What a nice guy! And last but not least, Michael Giacchino. So I got two photos (with Simon and Michael), and four autographs, all on the booklet plus Micheal’s autograph also on the concert ticket. So it really was a great evening in every respect. :)

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The concert on Friday was equally great. Michael is so down-to-earth, really nice. He signed my STiD ticket, too. I’m more than happy about how things turned out at these concert days :)

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Since Michael had told us on Thursday, that Benedict Cumberbatch would have come to the STiD concert on Friday if he hadn’t had other obligations, I did a bit of research and found out that he was at the Hay Festival on Friday, but his “duties” there ended Saturday at noon, so I figured there was an (astronomical) chance he would attend the STiD concert on Saturday, so I went there just in case (not to the concert, but I spent the evening outside, drawing :D) Well, he didn’t show, but at least I got two more autographs from Michael for friends and fellow collectors, and an autograph from the maestro, Ludwig Wicki, for myself. So time wasn’t entirely wasted. :)

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PS: Here‘s a nice report about the premiere on Thursday. :)

Mark Gatiss

The third autograph I got in May: Mark Gatiss! I didn’t expect to get this back, since the play ended in February, but I’m allthemore happy that I did. I just love “his” Mycroft!

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Leslie Hope

Funny… after three months of nothing I get two successes in one week. Yesterday I got Leslie Hope’s autograph. She plays SecNav Sarah Porter on NCIS and President Kelly Foster on Revolution.

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