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Original Star Wars Trilogy Cast: Then and Now

Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker: Hamill shot to fame as the hero of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise in his 20s. His film career stalled post ‘Return of the Jedi’, but he has thrived as a voice actor, most memorably as The Joker in the animated Batman series.

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Harrison Ford – Han Solo: Ford was a jobbing actor with a sideline in carpentry when Lucas cast him in ‘Star Wars’. He’s now one of the biggest actors on the planet thanks to ‘Indiana Jones’, ‘Blade Runner’, and ‘Witness’.

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Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia: The daughter of Debbie Reynolds was already Hollywood royalty when she joined ‘Star Wars’. She’s enjoyed a healthy film career post-‘Wars’, and is also a successful and respected author.

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Peter Cushing – Grand Moff Tarkin: The successful Hammer star was drafted in by Lucas to add gravitas to an unknown cast. He continued to act after ‘Star Wars’, but was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1982. He died in 1994, aged 81.

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Sir Alec Guinness - Obi–Wan Kenobi: The Ealing legend was fairly sniffy about appearing in ‘Star Wars’, but it brought him new recognition and a healthy income from royalties. His most famous role after this would be as head spy George Smiley in ‘Tinker Tailor Solider Spy’, and he died in 2000 following a battle with liver cancer.

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Anthony Daniels – C-3PO: He boasts of being the only actor to have appeared in all six ‘Star Wars’ movies (what about Kenny Baker?) playing the protocol droid. He has since appeared in a number of TV shows, including ‘Prime Suspect’, ‘The Bill’, and ‘Holby City’.

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Kenny Baker - R2–D2: The man inside the blue and silver astromech was chosen for his tiny 112cm frame. He’s also appeared in ‘Time Bandits’, ‘Willow’, ‘Flash Gordon’, and ‘Labyrinth’. He famously has a feud with his droid co-star Anthony Daniels and refuses to be in the same room as him unless necessary.

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Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca: The 7ft 3in Brit said all he needed to do to play Han Solo’s giant ‘walking carpet’ companion was “stand up”. He became a naturalised American citizen in 2005, and had double knee replacement surgery in 2013, but will return as Chewbacca for ‘Episode 7’.

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David Prowse – Darth Vader: The 6ft 5 bodybuilder originally went for the role of Chewbacca, but landed Vader instead. An outspoken character, George Lucas banned him from official ‘Star Wars’ events in 2010 after “burning his bridges” with Lucasfilm. He was treated for prostate cancer in 2009.

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Phil Brown – Uncle Owen: Brown was blacklisted in 1952 by the House Un-American Activities Committee due to links with the Actor’s Laboratory. He relocated to England in 1953 and plied his trade in TV and stage. He returned to the States in 1990s, and died from pneumonia in 2006 aged 89.

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Shelagh Fraser – Aunt Beru: The British actress appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows during her career, including John Boorman’s ‘Hope and Glory’. She carried on acting in TV until her death in 2000 aged 79.

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Denis Lawson – Wedge: Scottish actor Lawson appeared in all three original ‘Star Wars’ films as the dashing fighter pilot Wedge. He’s had a prolific TV career since appearing in ‘Bleak House’, ‘Holby City’, and ‘New Tricks’. He’s uncle to ‘Star Wars’ alumni Ewan McGregor.

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Garrick Hagon – Biggs: Biggs Darklighter was Luke’s childhood friend, but his part was drastically cut in the final edit. He’s still a jobbing actor with recent films roles in ‘Red 2’, ‘Red Lights’, ‘Me and Orson Welles’, and ‘La Vie En Rose’. He’s pictured here in a recent 'Doctor Who’ episode.

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William Hootkins – Porkins: Hootkins’ minor role in ‘Star Wars’ was just the start for the cult actor who went on to have parts in ‘Flash Gordon’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Batman’ and more, making him a popular fan convention guest. He died in 2005 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Angus MacInnes – Gold Leader: Canadian actor Angus McInnes made his film debut in ‘A New Hope’ and went on to have a successful acting career. He appeared opposite Harrison Ford in ‘Witness’ and was most recently seen in the hit fantasy show 'Vikings’.

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Don Henderson – General Tagge: The Imperial General was a familiar face to UK audiences thanks to a number of TV roles including ‘Poldark’ and ’Warship’. His most famous role was as detective George Bulman first in ‘The XXY Man’, then later in ‘Strangers’, and ‘Bulman’. He died in 1997 aged 65.

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Richard LaParmentier - Admiral Motti: The Imperial officer who is force choked by Vader for a “lack of faith” was played by American actor LaParmentier. He went on to appear in 'Superman II’, 'Octopussy’, and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit’. He died suddenty in 2013.

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Leslie Schofield – General Motti: The accomplished TV actor played the doomed Death Star general in ‘A New Hope’. After appearing in ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Blake 7’, he is now best known for playing Jeff Healy in ‘Eastenders’ from 1997-2000 and the father in kids show Jonny Briggs.

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James Earl Jones – Darth Vader (voice): The booming voice of James Earl Jones replaced Prowse’s Bristolian accent for Vader’s memorable lines. Jones is still a hugely prolific actor, famously voicing Mufasa, the tragic father figure in Disney’s Lion King. He’ll next be seen in ‘The Angriest Man in Brooklyn’.

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Billy Dee Williams – Lando Calrissian: Williams was one of the most well-known black American actors before he landed the role of Lando. He later played DA Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ but missed out on playing Two-Face. More recently he dropped out of the latest ‘Dancing With The Stars’ following health problems.

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Frank Oz – Yoda: Puppeteer Oz helped create The Muppets with Jim Henson, before bringing Yoda to life in ‘Empire Strikes Back’. He still works with the Henson workshop on ‘Sesame Street’ and has directed a number of feature films.

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Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett: Born in Leicestershire, Bulloch was well-known on TV thanks to his role in ‘The Newcomers’, and a number of roles in ‘Doctor Who’. He donned the iconic bounty hunter costume twice on screen, and has been a busy jobbing actor ever since.

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John Hollis – Lobot: Lando’s headpiece wearing aide was played by Nottingham-born John Hollis. He later appeared as Blofeld in ‘For Your Eyes Only’, and as a Krypton elder in ‘Superman 1 & 2’. He died in 2005 aged 74.

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Kenneth Colley – Admiral Piett: Piett was the only imperial officer to appear in more than one film. Colley also played Jesus in ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’, and has had a number of roles in ‘Inspector Morse’, ‘Brassed Off’, and ‘Misfits’.

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Julian Glover – General Veers: Journeyman actor Julian Glover has appeared in ‘Star Wars’, as a villain ‘For Your Eyes Only’, Walter Donovan in ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, and more recently as Maester Pycelle in HBO’s 'Game of Thrones’. Not a bad run for the 79-year-old.

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Sebastian Shaw – Anakin Skywalker: The Veteran Shakespearian actor and playwright played the scarred Anakin Skywalker long hidden beneath Vader’s mask. He continued acting and tutoring with the RSC after ‘Jedi’ before dying of natural causes in 1994 aged 89.

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Michael Pennington – Moff Jerjerrod: The prolific stage director and actor played the commander of the doomed second Death Star. He later played Sherlock Holmes in TV movie ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, and more recently played MP Michael Foot in ‘The Iron Lady’.

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Michael Carter – Bib Fortuna: The RADA-trained thespian played Jabba The Hutt’s Jedi mind trick-prone lackey in ‘Return of the Jedi’. He’s still an actor and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films including ‘Young Adam’, ‘Taggart’, ‘Casualty’, and ‘Rebus’.

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Tim Rose – Admiral Ackbar: Puppeteer Rose trained with Jim Henson Studios and performed Sy Snootles and Salacious Crumb in ‘Jedi’ as well as appearing as the prawn-faced rebel Ackbar famed for his line “It’s a trap!”. He puppeteered Tik-Tok in ‘Return To Oz’ and also worked on ‘Howard The Duck’. He was recently seen in kids’ show ‘Wizards vs Aliens’.

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Dermot Crowley – General Madine: Irish actor Crowley played stoic rebel leader Madine, and has been a busy theatre and screen actor ever since. He missed out on playing the Seventh Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’ to Sylvester McCoy, and appeared in ‘Babel’ opposite Brad Pitt. He’ll be appearing next in ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie’.

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Caroline Blakiston – Mon Mothma: As well as playing Mon Mothma, RADA-trained Blakiston is well known for her role as Lady Patience Hardacre in TV comedy ‘Brass’. She has extensive TV credits and was seen last year in an episode of ‘Agatha Christie: Poirot’.

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Warwick Davis – Wicket: Warwick was just 13 when he landed the part of mischievous ewok Wicket in ‘Return of the Jedi’. He went on to play the title roles in ‘Willow’ and the ‘Leprechaun’ films. He also played Professor Flitwick in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, and recently joined forces with Ricky Gervais for sitcom ‘Life’s Too Short’ and travel show ‘An Idiot Abroad’.

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Femi Taylor – Oola: Femi’s dancing background won her the role of Jabba’s slave dancer Oola. She reprised the part 14 years later to shoot new scenes for the 1997 Special Edition release. She appeared in the 1998 movie version of musical ‘Cats’, and is now married with two children.

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Richard Bonehill – Nien Nunb: The crazy-faced co-pilot who helps fly the Millennium Falcon with Lando was actually performed by three people, as he was actually an elaborate hand puppet. Bonehill wore the full body suit for some scenes, while Mike Quinn was the puppeteer. Bonehill subsequently appeared in ‘Rob Roy’ and ‘Top Secret!’.

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Paul Brooke – Rancor Keeper: It’s a small part, but it’s a heartbreaking one. Poor Malakili, he was only caring for his giant, murderous beast before Luke mercilessly slayed it in ‘Jedi’. Brooke is a familiar face on UK TV, and has film credits in ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’, the ‘Alfie’ remake, and 2005’s ‘Oliver Twist’.

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Several members of the original ‘Star Wars’ cast are coming back for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awkens’. We all know what Harrison Ford has been up to since, but what have the first trilogy cast been up to since 'Return Of The Jedi’ wrapped up in 1983?

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Photograph taken @ Arnac-Pompadour, Limousin, France 
15/08/2014

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Crowley v. Aziraphale AU.

The Great British Bake Off is a reality TV competition in the UK where bakers compete for the title of Great British Baker. Each episode comprises of three different challenges on a different theme, like breaddessertscakes, or Victorian, et cetera.

Now please, imagine with me. 

In the aftermath of the Apocalypse, Crowley and Aziraphale relax, retire. They still do good and bad things now and then, but it’s casually - it’s a hobby rather than a duty.

Now, as time goes on, and Crowley and Aziraphale now happen to be living comfortably, Aziraphale in the fixed flat above his repaired bookshop, and Crowley in a new flat a few streets away. Crowley gets into cooking. He likes to cook. It is fun to make things, and it is even more fun to glaze them with oil and fire. He bakes, he cooks meals, he pairs his creations with wine – the whole thing!

And then Crowley watches a season of the Great British Bake-Off. And he is enamoured.

So Crowley just sends off his application right away, and he tells Adam with a self-satisfied grin on his face while he and Aziraphale are visiting one day, because the lad’s fifteen now and visiting is simply something Aziraphale and Crowley do now and then, and Adam’s delighted.

Aziraphale is not.

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