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Birmingham: TV Bible series star 'Samson' set to rock CRE Midlands

Nonso Anozie will bring the house down at this week's 'ideal church show' ...

Nonso Anozie will bring the house down at this week's 'ideal church show'.

The 6' 9" actor, cast as Samson in Channel 5's upcoming epic mini-series THE BIBLE, will help open the show and talk about his role at the Christian Resources Exhibition Midlands – a two-day (3/4 Oct) event at the NEC, Birmingham featuring more than 200 church-orientated products and suppliers.

Londoner Anozie sensed a divine hand in landing the role in THE BIBLE.

"I go to church regularly and am given passages to read to the congregation," he explained. "Last year I read the story of Samson, how God gives you a blessing and you have to be careful with it. Then I got a phone call from Mark Burnett, creator of Survivor, The Voice and The Apprentice. He wanted me for the role of Samson in his new production! Amazing!"

To be broadcast on Channel 5 this December, THE BIBLE is a 10-hour mini-series that brings to life the dramatic tales of faith and courage in the most widely-read book of all time. Breathtaking in scope and scale, the series features some of the most famous stories ever written and some of the most iconic characters: from Noah’s Ark, the Exodus and Daniel in the lion’s den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

As well as helping to open CRE Midlands, Nonso will launch the series' website and be interviewed about his role by the founder of the Damaris Trust, Nick Pollard. Damaris are creating special resources for use by churches and community groups in relation to the series.
Often dubbed 'the ideal church show', CRE Midlands, will feature more than 215 charities, missions and church suppliers. All space has been sold, making it the biggest regional show in the exhibition's recent history. A series of 30 carefully-targeted seminars, given by both regional and national experts, will cover issues of vital concern to some 3000 local church leaders and members – from bishops to parish magazine editors, youth leaders to treasurers.

Speakers will include Rev Courtney Stewart, General Secretary of the Bible Society of the West Indies, who will talk about the first Jamaican New Testament – the biggest body of work ever produced in the language spoken by five million Jamaicans around the world.

On Thursday 3 Oct (12 noon), Clergy on the Catwalk will feature up to half a dozen local ministers modelling a wide variety of formal and informal ecclesiastical clothing from leading designers like Hayes and Finch and Juliet Hemingray, who made the vestments worn by Rt Rev Justin Welby at his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury.

A personal alarm, hidden discreetly in a crucifix, will be among the more unusual products on display. The device was made by Avon Silversmith's Tony McCarthy after he heard of a nun being mugged in Bromsgrove.

Dates and times: Thu 3 Oct 10am-5pm; Fri 4 Oct 10am-4.30pm.
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