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Warwick Davis is reprising one of his best-loved roles – enterprising dwarf and sorcerer Willow Ufgood – in the new Willow series on Disney+. It feels like a golden opportunity to celebrate this talented and prolific actor, so here are 10 reasons we'll always be "Team WD."
1. He's a Star Wars mainstay.
Warwick has portrayed numerous characters in the Star Wars movies, beginning with his role as Wicket in 1983's Return of the Jedi. He was just 12 years old when he landed the part, and he's still very much in demand nearly 40 years later. In fact, he played Wicket again in 2019's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
2. And a Harry Potter alum.
Davis played Professor Filius Flitwick and the goblin Griphook in the popular film series. His role as Griphook really shows his ability to give an emotionally satisfying performance even when wearing a hefty amount of prosthetics.
3. Thanks largely to his role in the above franchises, he's been hailed as the "highest-grossing supporting actor of all time."
According to The Numbers, Davis' movies have grossed in excess of $14 billion worldwide. Wow.
4. He is also a brilliant comic actor.
Davis played a fictionalized version of himself in Life's Too Short, a mockumentary sitcom he co-created with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. In the show, Davis runs a small person's talent agency – something he also does in real life – but his character is much less charming and sympathetic than his actual self.
5. He and his wife co-founded a charity: Little People UK.
According to the charity's website, its aim is "to offer friendship and support to people with dwarfism, their families and friends" as well as "helping [to] build a positive future for those individuals." You can stay up to date with the organization's activities on Twitter.
6. He's a bit of a daredevil.
Check out this clip of Davis crossing a gorge on two ropes from his appearance on a Bear Grylls adventure show. It's not a challenge for the faint of heart!
7. He aced his Top Gear appearance.
As the show's then-presenter James May explains in the clip below, Davis took part in the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" segment after the vehicle in question was customized to take account of his height. And, according to May, he did a"pretty good job."
7. He is also an accomplished TV presenter.
From 2015 to 2021, Davis co-hosted the popular British game show Tenable, in which teams of five players competed to win a top prize of £125,000 ($150,000). His presenting style was always warm and witty.
8. He starred in the Leprechaun franchise.
Davis led the first six films as Lubdan Buttowski, a mean-spirited leprechaun who is inevitably on a quest for revenge. The first Leprechaun movie was originally intended to be played straight, but Davis spotted the comic potential in his role, which helped it to become a cult classic.
10. And finally, he has a fundamentally positive outlook.
Davis has spoken in the past about losing two children who inherited the same rare genetic condition that he and his wife Samantha have: spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED). "Being angry would be a waste of time," Davis told The Guardian. "A waste of the life that you do have. Yes, between the two of us, I suppose there are moments where sometimes, we just go, aargh – everything is that little bit more difficult. But I only get angry about twice a year."
If you weren't already, are you now on Team WD!?