5 quick facts about Warwick Davis
Actor Warwick Davis receives the Who Do You Think You Are? treatment on Wednesday 15 February. Here’s five things you may not have known about the Star Wars legend…
Don't miss Warwick's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on Wednesday 15 February (Photo: Getty Images/Jason LaVeris)
Actor Warwick Davis has played some of the best-loved characters in the highest-grossing blockbusters in history – turning his height into a highly successful asset.
Since landing the role of Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, Warwick has starred in Willow, the Harry Potter franchise, and most recently The Force Awakens. He also played a fictionalised version of himself in the mockumentary comedy Life’s Too Short, alongside Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
As one of the industry’s most popular figures, Warwick has been something of a trailblazer for actors with dwarfism – he’s even started his own agency to help others like him.
In honour of his Who Do You Think You Are? journey, here’s five things you may not have known about Warwick:
1. Ewok 'n' roll
Not only has Warwick played an Ewok in the Star Wars universe, but he also played Yoda in Episode I: The Phantom Menace along with three other roles. The Force is indeed strong with this one.
2. Goblin' up the roles
Although originally portrayed by Verne Troyer, Griphook – the unscrupulous goblin formerly employed by Gringotts bank – was played by Warwick in the final Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows Part II.
3. A serious subject
In 2013, Warwick presented a documentary entitled The Seven Dwarves of Auschwitz, in which he explored the life of the Ovitz family. A touring musical troupe of Romanian Jewish dwarves, the Ovitzes were sent to the notorious death camp in 1944. Remarkably, all of them survived – the largest such family to remain intact.
4. Desert Island Davis
Appearing on Desert Island Discs in 2016, Warwick’s selections were wide-ranging, including ‘Groovy Kind of Love’ by Phil Collins and John Williams’s stirring orchestral theme from Return of the Jedi – the film that kickstarted his acting career. Warwick also picked ‘Oxygene Part IV’ by French electronic composer Jean-Michel Jarre, whose music accompanied the home movies Warwick made while growing up.
5. Industry pioneer
Warwick was born with Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, an extremely rare form of dwarfism. Alongside his talent agency, Willow Management, which caters for actors under five feet tall, he is also the founder of the Reduced Height Theatre Company.