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Sci-Fi Convention stars will raise cash for CHAS

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Game of Thrones' James Cosmo will join Lord of the Rings' Bernard Hill

Veteran Scottish actor James Cosmo is the latest star to confirm he will appear at this year’s Capital Sci-Fi Con which takes place in Edinburgh in aid of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) next month.

The popular annual event has raised more than £337,000 since 2016, with all profits going directly to the charity.

This year’s event will take over the O2 Academy (formerly the Corn Exchange) on 11 and 12 February.

Cosmo, 75, who hails from Clydebank, is famous for his roles in Braveheart, Trainspotting as well as Game of Thrones. He will be available to meet fans on the Saturday.

Bernard Hill, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will also make his first Capital Sci-Fi Con appearance this year.

Other confirmed special guests include Star Wars actors Tina Simmons, Nick Joseph, Marc Silk, Femi Taylor, Brian Wheeler, John Simpkin and Clem So who also starred in Doctor Who.

The Con’s loyal ambassadors James Mackenzie, Jimmy Vee and Angus MacInnes will also return for 2023.

Photo props at this year’s event include a Ghostbusters Ecto-1, Harry Potter broom and Platform 9 ¾, a Game of Thrones display, an ET bike, a Stranger Things Demogorgan, Back to the Future prop display, a Robot Wars replica display and working robots.

Fun interactive attractions include Make Mess Matter, a Nerf shooting gallery, a Sci-Fi movie costume exhibition as well as entertainment from the Pop-Up Puppet Show and music from the Dunedin Wind Band.

Laura Campbell, community fundraising development manager at CHAS, said: “We are delighted to welcome James Cosmo as a special star guest to his first Capital Sci-Fi Con which is our eighth event.

“Thanks also must go to Bernard Hill and all the other amazing guests for coming along to meet fans and help raise vital funds to enable CHAS to continue its work supporting children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Scotland.”

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