Sulu Beams Down for a Star-Studded Day at the Ricoh; COLLECTORMANIA: Thousands Flock to City to Meet Famous TV and Movie Actors
Byline: By Dayle Crutchlow
TV and movie fans were in seventh heaven at the weekend when cult stars from some of the biggest films and small-screen shows of all time descended on the Ricoh Arena.
And one of the best-known faces beaming in for the Collectormania fair was USS Enterprise helmsman Mr Sulu, who helped Captain Kirk and the cast of Star Trek 'boldly go' where no man had gone before.
Real name George Takei, he appeared in three seasons of the amazingly popular 60s sci-fi show, and six follow-up films.
Other huge names at the fair included Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund from hit horror A Nightmare On Elm Street, and Dean Andrews who plays the outrageously old-fashioned copper DC Ray Carling in BBC series Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes.
Also there were Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, R2D2 actor Kenny Baker, Brett Spiner who played android Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Red Dwarf's Hatty Hayridge.
Thousands of fans flooded into the Ricoh for the Collectormania event and organiser Andrea Swinsco said: "This is our first time at the Ricoh and we're very happy with it."
Styvechale couple Clare and Nigel Thorley, aged 37, waited patiently in line to meet George Takei.
Nigel said: "I'm a big Star Wars and Star Trek fan.
George Takei is a bit of a legend."
And the two Jaguar workers were both delighted to discover that the Star Trek and Heroes actor is a Jaguar enthusiast and lover of all things English.
George said: "I drive a Jaguar and I remember coming here once to a Jaguar plant years ago.
"I am an Anglophile - I love England. …