Glee Fans Descend on Birmingham to Meets TV Stars

Monday, August 01, 2011

GLEEKS from across the globe descended on Birmingham yesterday to see the show’s stars during a three-day convention at the Hilton Metropole.

Hundreds of fans from as far away as Italy and Brazil spent the weekend meeting and greeting actors from the smash US musical comedy.

The stars spent time answering questions, judging fancy dress competitions and talking about the famous high school Glee Club, New Directions.

Max Adler plays bully boy and McKinley High athlete Dave Karofsky and admitted he was shocked at how successful the show had become.

Actor Max Adler aka Dave Karofsky, chats with Kat Baldwyn.

“I thought the programme would do well but to have world-wide appeal, that’s amazing,” he said.
It’s the most incredible thing that people have come from all over the world to see us, but it shows Glee is a common interest. It helps people feel as though they fit in."
Filming for season three of the show is due to start in mid-August and it is expected on British screens this autumn.

Iqbal Theba, who plays Principal Figgins, told fans the show had gained him respect with his young children, aged five and eight.

Other than Lady Gaga, I didn’t really know anyone modern,’ he said. ‘‘But since Glee I know lots more – it’s done wonders for me as a dad!

But he said he often found it difficult to keep a straight face when filming scenes with Jane Lynch who plays Sue Sylvester, the cheerleading coach and nemesis of the Glee Club.

“Before takes I laugh like a maniac, I go crazy all over the office to get it out of my system,’’ he said.

Actor Iqbal Theba aka Principal Figgins, talks to the audience.

“I love it and I love the show, although I don’t like watching myself on it when I’m with other people.”

Event organizer Sean Harry said he knew Glee would make “a fantastic convention”.

“Its meteoric but well-deserved rise in popularity made the event very difficult to put together and cast availability plagued us,’’ he said. ‘‘But we still had fantastic guests.”

And the fans agreed.

Six year-old Lacey Gartland, from Solihull, said: “I like the dancing and the actors. My favourite songs are Don’t Stop Believing and Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

‘‘Fans as young as eight and as old as 65 have come to see us. It’s been a pleasure meeting them.”

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