Warwick Davis is an outstanding English actor whose career started at only 11 years old. Davis is known for numerous roles in epic franchises, such as Star Wars and Harry Potter, but perhaps his most notable role came in Willow (1988) and its subsequent reboot on Disney+ in 2022.
Throughout four decades of his career (and he’s only 52!), Warwick became an absolute fan favorite and earned his stop in the all-time greats list for many. If you want to learn more about Warwick Davis, his net worth, biography, age, height, family, and other interesting facts, keep reading this article.
Warwick Davis Bio
Warwick Davis was born on February 3, 1970, in England. Davis was born with a very rare form of dwarfism known as spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which inherently caused his height. He attended the City of London Freemen’s School, and interestingly, his height was actually what pushed him into the world of acting.
At age 11, his grandmother was listening to a radio and overheard that Star Wars producers were looking for people under four feet tall to appear in the movie as Ewoks. Warwick applied and got the role of an extra Ewok.
Kenny Baker was supposed to play the role of Wicket Wystri Warrick in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – a young, brave Ewok who willingly joined the Rebellion to help fight against the Empire. However, after Baker fell ill, George Lucas needed a replacement, and after seeing Davis’ enthusiasm for the franchise, he picked Warwick to replace Kenny.
It was Warwick’s first role, and the rest was history. He’d later return as Wicket in other Star Wars projects and got numerous roles afterward. Warwick got married in 1991 after his wife played an extra in Willow (1988), where he was the titular character.
He still lives in Epsom, Surrey, in England, where he was born.
Warwick Davis Net Worth
Warwick Davis’ net worth is approximately between $8-10 million. He started amassing his wealth when he was only 11 years old, when Warwick got his first acting role and hasn’t spent all that much considering he still lives in his hometown of Epsom, Surrey, in England. Davis earned his wealth mostly through his acting career but also as a screenwriter, producer, and businessperson.
Warwick Davis Age
As we mentioned, Warwick Ashley Davis was born on February 3, 1970, in Epsom, Surrey, England, UK. That means he’s 52 years old, approaching 53, at the time of writing this article.
Warwick Davis Height & Weight
Warwick Davis was born with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which is an atypical form of dwarfism. According to his IMDb profile, Davis is 107 cm tall (3 feet 6 inches). The information about his weight, however, varies dramatically, from as little as 25 kg (55.12 lbs) to as many as 55 kg (121 lbs).
Warwick Davis Family (Parents, Siblings, Wife & Children)
Warwick has a wife named Samatha Davis (formerly Burroughs). They met, fell in love, and ultimately tied the knot in June 1991. Samatha also has dwarfism, but a different type called achondroplasia. The two have been living a wonderful, happy life ever since – despite all the hardships and heartbreak they went through.
They have had four children, Annabelle, Harrison, Lloyd, and George. Annabelle is 25, and Harrison is 19. They both inherited their father’s condition only. Unfortunately, two children who would be the oldest, Lloyd and George, inherited both of their parent’s conditions simultaneously, which proved fatal for both.
George was a stillborn baby at 19 weeks, whereas Lloyd died at nine days old. He was actually the first baby ever that survived the condition, even if it’s for only nine days, which Samatha Davis shared in 2014:
“We found out later that he was the first in the world to survive at all. The doctors actually learned a lot from Lloyd. Hopefully, that will help other people. But it hit us like a train.”
As for the rest of his family, Warwick’s parents are Susan J. Davis (formerly Pain) and Ashley Davis, an English insurance broker. He also has a sister, Kim Davis.
Warwick Davis Most Notable Roles
Warwick Davis’ most notable roles came in some of the most popular franchises in history. He portrayed Wicket in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi and returned for the role in several Star Wars spin-offs (such as TV movies Ewoks: The Battle for Endor and The Ewok Adventure) and video games.
Davis is also known for portraying the titular character in the 1990s Leprechaun pentalogy, but perhaps his most beloved and most notable role came in the Harry Potter franchise. There, he actually portrayed several characters, but the most notable one was Professor Filius Flitwick.
Davis reprised the role throughout the franchise, as well as in all the Harry Potter video games, starting with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007.
Finally, his absolutely most notable role came in Willow (1988), as it was a role specifically written for him. He also portrays the same character in the Disney+ Willow reboot that came out just recently, in 2022.
Warwick Davis Trivia
There are quite a few incredibly interesting facts about Warwick Davis and his illustrious career. For instance, apart from being an actor, Warwick also runs Willow Personal Management with his father-in-law, Peter Burroughs. It’s an agency known as ‘The biggest agency for short actors in the world.’
Another interesting piece of trivia is that Warwick is potentially the world’s shortest leading actor ever, especially in Hollywood, where he was the lead in both Willow (1988) and Leprechaun (1993).
Interestingly, Warwick was one of only 14 cast members that appeared in all eight Harry Potter movies. That’s because Warwick played not one but several roles in the franchise. He actually shared how honored and proud he was about it, especially his own exhibit at the Warner Bros Studio Tour:
Warwick stated: “I feel truly honoured to have my own dedicated exhibit at [Warner Bros Studio Tour]. #TheManyFacesOfWarwickDavis features characters I played in the #HarryPotter film series, all beautifully restored. Now to get my ego out through the studio gates!”
Warwick played the goblin bank teller in the first Harry Potter movie and also portrayed Professor Flitwick throughout the franchise. He gave the voice to Griphook in the first film as well, although Verne Troyer physically acted in the role.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Flitwick appeared but had no lines. It was also the last time Professor Flitwick appeared in his long-haired, white-bearded form.
After the character was essentially cut from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Alfonso Cuaron asked Davis to portray Frog Choir Conductor. Davis did, and after Flitwick returned for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the director Mike Newell liked the Frog Choir Conductor’s sophisticated appearance so much that they used it for Professor Flitwick in the rest of the franchise.
Harry Potter wasn’t the only franchise where Warwick played multiple roles. In fact, in the Star Wars franchise, all of his roles begin with the letter W: Wald (The Phantom Menace), Wollivan (The Force Awakens), Weeteef Cyubee (Rogue One), Wodibin (The Last Jedi), and Weazel (Solo).
The last interesting fact I’d like to point out about Warwick Davis is that he is actually best known for portraying non-human characters. He was an Ewok in Star Wars, a wizard and a goblin in Harry Potter, a leprechaun in Leprechaun, Reepicheep in Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Willow Ufgood (a sorcerer) in Willow, etc.