Anthony Head confirmed for SFX Weekender 2011!

I didn’t even know about this event until now (seeing as how I”m American…) but, the SFX Weekender event is scheduled for February 4-5, 2011 at Camber Sands and looks to be a lot of fun for those who love sci-fi packed with awesome activities for fans such as Q&A sessions with big-name guests, interviews, comic workshops, video gaming and more.

There’s already some great guests appearing such as Terry Pratchett and George Takei. To add to the list of  big-name guests, Anthony Head of BBC’s Merlin and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame has just been confirmed to appear (subject to work commitments)! He is an amazingly accomplished actor and in speaking with him, a genuinely nice and funny person — you are in for a treat folks. More info below!

The British star of Buffy and Merlin packs his bags for the SFX Weekender in Camber Sands

Whether you know him as level-headed Giles, hot-headed Uther Pendragon or that smoothie off the coffee commercials – one thing remains the same about Anthony Head, he’s a bonafide SF legend (freeze dried coffee is sort of sci-fi, right?), and we’re delighted to announce he’ll be joining us for the SFX Weekender 2 in 2011. Subject to work commitments.

Never one to set his sights low, Anthony’s West End acting debut in the ’70s was as Jesus in Godspell, a role which was followed by a series of acclaimed stage performances. Notable roles on television followed throughout the ’70s and ’80s, including Enemy At The Door, Secret Army and Howard’s Way before a cup of coffee got him noticed all round the world.

His most famous role was yet to come though, as lovable librarian Rupert Giles in Joss Whedon’s seminal ’90s series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a character which he played for seven years (and possibly more if Ripper ever happens). The role won him adoration the world over and he hasn’t looked back since – guesting in the likes of Doctor Who, Spooks and Little Britain; taking the lead (and proving “Once More With Feeling” wasn’t just a fluke) in cult favourite Repo! The Genetic Opera; and appearing in dozens of productions on TV and film in the time since.

Anthony can currently be seen terrorising/ensuring the safety (depends on your perspective as he told us in issue 201 of SFX) of Camelot in season three of Merlin but you can meet him in person at the SFX Weekender 2, where he’ll be participating in panels, a Q&A and signing autographs at the UK’s greatest festival of sci-fi.

The SFX Weekender 2 takes place at Camber Sands holiday camp in East Sussex on Friday 4th February and Saturday 5th February 2011, with our Pre Party on Thursday 3rd February for the early birds. VIP tickets are already sold out, and tickets for the pre-party are going fast, but there are still other options available. Make sure you get yours before it’s too late! Book now by calling 08700 11 00 34, or head to for more information.

GS Reporter: Sharlene

Source: SFX

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