Zombies Down Under for Walking Dead events

Hoardes of Walking Dead fans are expected to take over Sydney and Melbourne as part of fan events.
Hoardes of Walking Dead fans are expected to take over Sydney and Melbourne as part of fan events.

Hoardes of 'undead' are expected to take over Sydney and Melbourne as enthusiastic fans of The Walking Dead TV series swarm on the cities for The Walker Stalker events.

The mass zombie events, which run similarly to the Comic Cons with cosplayers and panels featuring performers from the show, will run over the next two weekends marking the popularity of the long-running show.

Actor IronE Singleton, who played T-Dog in the first three seasons, says the show's popularity came as a surprise to him when it debuted in 2010.

"I don't think many of my cast mates expected it either; we were thinking 'OK here's another job, it's about zombies. How long can you write about people running from zombies or slaying zombies, probably not more than a season.' But now it's going into season eight. That's pretty phenomenal," Singleton told AAP on Thursday.

"It's still my favourite drama on television. The people I started with, there's about four or five of them still alive, so I especially tune in to see what they're going to do."

The actor got his big break playing a drug-dealer in Oscar-winning movie The Blind Side, but gets noticed for his part in The Walking Dead, even though he was killed off five years ago.

"When I first started the show I was told that I would work two, maybe three episodes, so I thought my character would die in the first season but I ended up going into season three," he said.

"Since then, it's been a different world. I walk down the street, people recognise me just about wherever I go now. Only a handful of people recognised me from The Blind Side, but after the Walking Dead I could hardly go places without being recognised, which is still happening even to this day, five years later."

* The Walker Stalker fan events are happening in Sydney this weekend February 3-4 at the Sydney Showgrounds, Olympic Park and in Melbourne next weekend February 10-11 at the Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale. The second half of The Walking Dead season eight will launch on Foxtel from February 26, the same day as the US.