The Sword Guy Podcast

Lightsaber Twirling with Jill Bearup

July 2, 2021

The Sword Guy Podcast episode 58

Jill Bearup is a stage combatant, YouTuber and a lightsaber twirler. I first came across her work through her YouTube channel critiquing swordfights in TV and movies, which is here: Jill loves pretending to fight people on stage and screen and her videos cover how a good fight can add to the story being told, and also, in case you need it, how to sword fight in a dress.

You can find her online at and her website is

In our conversation we talk a lot about Star Wars and lightsabers. The lightsabers Jill has are from Saberzone

To watch the Kylo Ren and Rey Throne Room fight with all that random twirling from the Red Guards, see

We don’t just talk about Star Wars, we discuss other swordfights on the big and small screen. This is a favourite of ours; the final duel in Rob Roy, with Liam Neeson and Tim Roth: It’s not all good though, we also talk about the sword fighting in Game of Thrones.

You might be interested in Jill’s YouTube channel for hair tutorials, where she recreates hair styles from film, including Princess Leia’s braids:


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