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Warwick Davis Early Life

Warwick Davis, born 3 February 1970, is a man whose dream came true. When he was 11, his grandmother heard a radio advert calling for people who were four feet tall or shorter to be in Star Wars Episode Six: Return of the Jedi. Known for breakout roles including Willow in the fantasy epic ‘Willow’ and Wicket the Ewok in the legendary sci-fi film ‘Return of the Jedi,’ actor Warwick Davis has spent the most recent years of his career languishing in his home country of England. He currently fills his time working as a film agent for little people and struggling to reconcile his crushing tax debt.

Since he was already a huge fan of the Star Wars movies, Warwick applied and was cast as the Ewok ‘Wicket’ – and the rest is big-screen history.

Warwick, who has been married to Sammy since 1991, was born with an extremely rare condition called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED), where the bone endings fail to form. It meant he never grew taller than 3ft 6in. The actor and his wife, who has achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder that causes disproportionate dwarfism, founded the charity which focuses on education in parts – an element Warwick deals with by visiting schools and giving talks.

He said: ‘I co-founded the charity 7 or 8 years ago and part of our work within the community is education and I deal with that side of it…

‘I go out to schools. Sometimes there’ll be a child at the school with dwarfism and sometimes there won’t. I talk about my life and career and answer questions…

On the focus on their charity, he said: ‘We try and raise awareness for dwarfism but people say we’re aware of people with dwarfism but I don’t think people understand how challenging it is for some people in society today…

Warwick Davis Biography and Profile

Warwick was born in Epsom, Surrey on February 3, 1970, with Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, an extremely rare genetic form of dwarfism. Standing at just three feet six inches tall, Warwick Davis is the world’s leading short actor.


On the screen and on the stage, he has starred alongside the likes of Robert Powell, Alec Guinness, Alan Rickman, Jennifer Aniston, Val Kilmer, David Bowie and Harrison Ford, so we are all familiar with his screen presence.

Stars Wars

Besides Stars Wars, his film credits include playing the title roles in Willow and the Leprechaun series, and Professor Filius Flitwick in the enormously successful Harry Potter films, Warwick has also starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the sitcom Life’s Too Short, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Most recently, he has appeared on television in the moving documentary The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz, featuring the Ovitz family – a touring Jewish musical troupe.

Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis

In 2010, Warwick published his autobiography, Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis. In the foreword, movie producer and director George Lucas says of him:

Willow Management

Warwick set up the talent agency Willow Management, the world’s biggest agency for short actors. Warwick says that his agency, which now also represents very tall actors, was set up “to change the way that short people are represented in films and on television”. The success of the agency meant that over forty members of Willow Management were cast as goblins in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part Two.

Warwick Lifestyle

Warwick has a healthily wry outlook on life and stature, as evidenced by his website, where you can download an app called ‘Pocket Warwick’. Just like with a Tamagotchi, you have to make sure Pocket Warwick is entertained, fed, educated and washed – but with the catch that you also have to manage his career!

In 2010, Warwick published his autobiography, Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis. In the foreword, movie producer and director George Lucas says of him:

“Warwick has already led an extraordinary life – actor, director, businessman and devoted husband and father. He has undergone tremendous physical and other challenges and has become an even stronger force of nature by overcoming them. For all that he has done and for his innate decency and integrity, he’s my hero.”

It is for these reasons, Vice Chancellor, that it is my pleasure to present Warwick Davis for the award of Doctor of Arts, honoris causa.

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off

He appeared on the 2013 series of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off. Orange flavoured biscuits topped with bright orange icing and a simple chocolate icing. These easy biscuits will make you smile.


For the Biscuits

  • 225g/8oz salted butter, at room temperature
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 3 large oranges, finely grated zest only
  • 1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 450g/1lb plain flour, plus extra for flouring

For the Icing

  • 250g/9oz icing sugar
  • ½ – 1 tbsp cocoa powder (not the sweetened hot chocolate)
  • 1 – 1½ tbsp liquid (juice from the zested orange above)
  • orange food colouring


  • For the biscuits, beat the butter and sugar and orange zest together in a bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Lay out a sheet of cling film on a clean work surface.
  • Add the egg to the mixture and beat together. Add the flour to bring together as a dough.
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate it for at least 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  • Flour the work surface and then roll the dough gently, using a floured rolling pin, until about 0.5cm/¼in thick.
  • Cut out the biscuits using biscuits cutters of your choice.
  • Transfer to a baking tray using a palette knife, ensuring the biscuits are well spaced apart. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  • For the icing, sift the icing sugar and divide it between two bowls. Sift the cocoa powder into one of the bowls.
  • Gradually add the liquid to each bowl, a teaspoon at a time, until the icing is thick but runny. If it is too runny, add more sifted icing sugar.
  • Add a drop of orange food colouring to the white icing.
  • Put the icing into two separate piping bags. Pipe orange and brown patterns onto the biscuits. Leave to harden to serve.

Warwick Davis, Samantha Davis and Family

Warwick Davis is married to fellow actor Samantha Davis. Warwick’s wife has achondroplasia and he has previously said that the only drawbacks to their dwarfism is the associated health problems. The couple met while filming his movie Willow, where Samantha had a minor role as a Nelwyn villager. Warwick Davis and Samantha Davis have two children. His family lives in Peterborough, where – along with his father-in-law, fellow short actor Peter Burroughs.

Warwick Davis: “Prior to Annabelle and Harrison we had a baby boy, Lloyd, who inherited both our conditions… and that is something that proves fatal.”

The heartbreak was not over for them as Sam lost their second child, George, at 19 weeks.

Warwick said: “It’s something that a baby won’t survive. But Lloyd he survived for nine days, but yeah he was beautiful.”

“It was a tough time. And yeah, we had a stillborn too.

The Star Wars legend and Sam have managed to live through the pain together.

He added: “That kind of stuff it just makes you stronger.”

Warwick Davis, Samantha Davis and Family
Warwick Davis, Samantha Davis and Family

Warwick Davis Biography and Profile

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