To accompany the premiere of the new Willow series on Disney+, Lucasfilm released a behind-the-scenes short feature looking back at the career of Warwick Davis, who reprises his role as the sorcerer Willow Ufgood.
Davis explains how he got into the movie business, first appearing in Return of the Jedi as a kid, and how his career grew since then.
Davis has been a mainstay in Lucasfilm’s projects for a long time and has become a fan favorite for Star Wars aficionados. In fact, though he has rarely been in a starring role, Davis is actually currently the eleventh-highest grossing actor in box office history. His work on Star Wars is quite extensive; he played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi (1983), and then reprised the role for the spin-off Ewok fillms in Caravan of Courage (1984) and The Battle for Endor (1985). In The Phantom Menace (1999), Davis played Wald and Weazel, the latter of whom he also portrayed in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Additionally, he played Wollivan in The Force Awakens (2015), Weeteef in Rogue One (2016), Wodibin in The Last Jedi (2017), and Wizzich in The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Additionally, in The Rise of Skywalker he returned to the role of Wicket W. Warrick, seen at the end of the film watching a defeated Star Destroyer above the skies of Endor alongside his son. Davis also voiced Rukh in episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
In addition to his work on Star Wars, Davis starred in Willow (1988) and has returned for the series of the same name in 2022. He is also known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise, playing Filius Flitwick and Griphook. Off-screen, Davis is a mainstay at Star Wars Celebration, serving as a host for various panels. He’s an engaging host who is always a fan favorite for those in attendance.
So, as you can tell, Warwick Davis has carved out an extensive history in the film industry and with Lucasfilm – and the Star Wars franchise – in particular. He’s almost always playing obscure background aliens, but he’s now back front and center, which is very cool!