As one of the fortunate little people who was hired to portray an Ewok in George Lucas' "Return of the Jedi", Warwick Davis began his remarkable career at the young age of 11. It was truly a lucky break for Warwick, having responded to a radio advertisement soliciting undersized actors to audition for the film. Warwick was chosen partly due to his diminutive stature, and he quickly caught the attention of director Richard Marquand with his childish innocence and abundant fascination. The intense interest he displayed towards everything on the set was especially focused on the R2-D2 robot. Warwick was amazed with the workings of the droid and was always found investigating and examining it closely. Marquand transformed Warwick's childhood curiosity into one of Jedi's most memorable scenes: the little Ewok Wicket, on tiptoe, cautiously peering into the eye of R2-D2 amid the trees of the Endor forest. Warwick Davis' role as Wicket was reprised with two more Ewok movies, "The Caravan of Courage an Ewok Adventure" and "The Battle for Endor". Warwick continued his rapport with Lucasfilm when he was invited by producer George Lucas and director Ron Howard to take the title role in the fantasy theme film "Willow". As the character Willow, Warwick proved that even the tiniest of people could be the biggest of heroes when he fulfills, the destiny protecting the baby princess and delivering her to safety. Willow saw a resurgence in 2021 when a TV series telling the continuing story of the characters premiered on DISNEY+.
Warwick's acting career took a very different turn, however, when he donned the horrifying make-up and green suit, replete with stripped tights and buckled shoes, that comprise his frightening costume in the movie, "Leprechaun". The horror film became so popular with younger audiences and teens that it spawned 5 additional films all having Warwick Davis in the starring role.
His relationship with Lucasfilm was sparked again as he returned to the set of the box office smash film, "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace". Warwick managed four roles in Lucas' long-awaited prequel, including Wald, the alien friend of Anakin Skywalker's, and Weasel, the unsavory scoundrel friend of Anakin's master Watto that cheers for the villainous Sebulba during the heart pounding pod racing sequence.
Warwick’s “Star Wars” appearances continued in many of the newer films including characters in “SOLO: A Star Wars Story”, “ROGUE ONE”, and the JJ Abrams films including “Rise of Skywlaker”!
Warwick Davis has thrilled fans of science fiction and fantasy films for the past 40 years, and his career continued with another major franchise and more than one role in the Warner Bros. motion pictures of HARRY POTTER (in the film adaptations of the best-selling series of novels by author J.K. Rowling). He co-stared as Professor Flitwick and Griphook the Goblin.
Other films Warwick has taken on include a very serious role in the Academy Award winning film RAY, another Disney franchise “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”! His TV credits include “Life is Too Short” and is the host of the UK TV game show “Tenable”.
Warwick founded the “Reduced Height Theater” in the UK which allows little people to shine through amazing performances live on stage.
He’s married to his wife Samantha, and they have two children Annabelle and Harrison.