THEY are the secret stars of some of the biggest movie and TV film franchises ever made – but, odds are, you won’t know their names.
When Warwick Castle’s night-time live spectacular Dragon Slayer returns on Friday for a Volume 2 sequel, the cast of actors, riders and stunt fighters can quietly boast a peerless pedigree.
Underneath costumes and coats of armour, they have appeared in the likes of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Transformers and many more.
Spearheading the cast are Karl Ude-Martinez as Guy of Warwick and Chelsea Marie as Felice La Belle, as the story of an ill-fated love, giants and a deadly dragon is played out.
So just who’s who in the secret star stakes?
Karl, Director of Knights of Middle England, has appeared in a wealth of TV and theatre productions ranging from the RSC’s Merry Wives of Windsor to movies such as The Last Horror Show.
Chelsea, who has featured on Netflix, Amazon Prime and top-selling video games, is a regular of Warwick Castle productions including Dragon Slayer and War of the Roses Live.
Huw Whitney, who plays Sir Alfred of Wessex, has been jousting and stunt riding for 20 years, with Game of Thrones, The Crown, War Horse, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and both Wonder Woman movies among his many credits.
Paramedic Alex Temmink, a soldier in Dragon Slayer, has lent his lance to movies such as Robin Hood, Assassins Creed, War Horse, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Cinderella, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Thomas Dennis, who plays The Duke of Louvain, has appeared in Hysteria and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as well as theatre productions including Henry V, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Guillaume Godts – Sir Godrick – has worked on film and TV with Disney, Amazon Prime and Netflix, and audiences will likely recognise him from fantasy drama The Witcher.
Thomas Straw, who plays a soldier, has performed in big action movies such as Transformers: The Last Knight and King Arthur, as well as TV series including Outlander.
They’re just a few of the large cast of actors, riders and stunt professionals required for Dragon Slayer Volume 2, a spectacular show staged in the castle courtyard involving state of the art lights and special effects.
You can read more about the scale of the production, which runs from August 12 to August 21, excluding August 14, in my previous preview piece here.