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Over the last twelve months, we’ve had our pages filled with some incredible creative souls, we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on a year that the world all went a bit odd. Next up, it’s actor and comedian and that one we all recognise off Game Of Thrones, Ben Crompton.

So Ben, how was your 2016?
Alright. Quieter for work, though my missus was busy, so a lot of time with our kids- plenty of bottle flipping, stop-motion Lego, old PlaySchool records (check out Jump). Visited Katowice in Poland for the first time for a TV Convention.

What was your best moment of 2016?
I got to be in my first proper music video, dressed like 1970’s John Lennon. (Old Skool by Metronomy). That was fun. Plus going to Deershed Festival with the family is always a high-point.

And your worst moment?
Possibly when Metal Hammer told me they wanted to honour me with their Spirit Of Hammer Award at their Golden God Award ceremony (previous winners include Brian Blessed and Christopher Lee). Got the email Friday afternoon. Emailed back Monday morning. Called them. Never heard off them again. So that never happened. I mean obviously that’s not the worst thing that happened, but let’s keep it light, eh? People are probably reading this on a coffee break. But for that weekend, I was a God. Not my words. Metal Hammer’s….

Your favourite band of 2016?
Great discovering Plastic Mermaids and Money at Deershed this year. But my favourite band will always be I Am Kloot.

Your favourite song of the year? 
Wished I’d been asked this last year. I’d have had a couple of corkers (St.Anthony by Mike Garry and Joe Duddell, and Whirlwind Of Rubbish by Gavin Clark and Toydrum). Going to go for Hex by Mt.Wolf. (Although Spencer Jones’ What You Doing In My Cave? is brilliant and daft and catchy as anything).

Your favourite film? 
I’m not a fan of 3-D, and I wasn’t sure how a 3-D music documentary in black and white would work but One More Time With Feeling was incredible. Rather than deal with questions about his son’s death on the release of his new album Skeleton Tree, Nick Cave made this film. One of the few films that really benefited from being seen in the cinema. I thought Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool were the best Marvel films to date, really entertaining. And loved taking my son to see Jaws and the original Ghostbusters at The Tyneside.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
That would be either James at City Hall or The Stone Roses at the Etihad Stadium. Sat in the balcony for James and Walk Like You was the second song. Never wanted to stand up and dance to a song more. Sacked off the balcony and headed for the aisles of the stalls with half the rest of the audience. Comedy wise Spencer Jones is my new favourite having seen his Eggy Bagel show in Edinburgh this year. Pure funny.

And finally, what has 2017 got in store for you?
In the first part of the year, I’ll be filming on the new BBC/HBO adaptation of the Robert Galbraith Strike books. (Galbraith is J.K. Rowling’s crime novel pseudonym). And doing more stand-up.

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