12/17/2015 03:05 EST | Updated 12/17/2015 03:59 EST

Star Wars Warwick Davis: The Time Princess Leia Met An Ewok

Warwick Davis was only 11 when he played Wicket.


Everybody loves the Ewoks in Star Wars. Not only are these fur balls cute, but they were vital to the success of the Rebellion. And one in particular helped devise plans to take down the Imperial machines.

Of course, we’re talking about Wicket, played by Warwick Davis.

Davis landed the memorable role in “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi” when he was just 11 years old.

According to IMDB, Davis’ grandmother heard a radio announcement calling for people under four-feet tall to fulfill a role in the movie. At the time of his audition, Davis was just under three feet and was cast as a background Ewok.

Originally, Kenny Baker, who plays R2-D2, was supposed to fill the role of Wicket. But Baker fell ill and Davis was chosen to take his place in the 1983 film.

In a throwback post on Reddit, a user shared a photo of Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia, with 11-year-old Davis on set.

Davis went on to portray his character Wicket in two spin-off films: “The Ewok Adventure” in 1984 and “Ewoks: The Battle for Endor” in 1985.

But that wasn’t the end of his “Star Wars” appearances. Davis also landed the role of Wald in “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace” in 1999 and Wollivan in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens," released this year.

Now 45, here's what Davis looks like now:

On Wednesday, the actor attended the European premiere of "The Force Awakens" with his family in London. The actor and his wife Samantha have two kids: 18-year-old Annabelle and 12-year-old Harrison.

If Davis looks familiar, you likely recognize him from the equally popular “Harry Potter” film franchise. Davis famously played Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook, the goblin who worked at Gringotts Wizarding Bank.


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