Warwick’s acting career came about purely by chance. Back in 1981 his Grandmother heard a radio announcement calling for ‘short people’ to appear in the new Star Wars film Return of the Jedi.
He played the tiny Ewok, Wicket, who became one of the film’s lead creature characters.
In 1984, after the success of Return of the Jedi, Lucas went on to make two Ewok Movies for ABC television, Caravan of Courage, and in 1985, Battle for Endor, Warwick reprised his role as Wicket in both. Also in 1985, Warwick appeared alongside David Bowie in the fantasy film, Labyrinth.
In 1987 Warwick was called to Elstree Studios in London for a meeting with Ron Howard and George Lucas. They discussed a new project called Willow, written specifically with Warwick in mind. This epic fantasy has since become a firm favourite with family audiences throughout the world.
After the success of Willow, Warwick was immediately back in front of the camera, this time for the small screen. He was cast in two series of the BBC television classic, The Chronicles of Narnia. In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Warwick portrayed the swashbuckling mouse, Reepicheep, and in The Silver Chair he played Glimfeather the owl.
Up until this point in his career, Warwick had always been cast as a ‘goodie’. On reading the script for Leprechaun, he was thrilled to learn that this Leprechaun was in fact a ‘baddie’. The film achieved cult status with movie fans, which prompted no less than five sequels to be made!
In 1995, Warwick appeared as Grildrig in Gulliver’s Travels. The series set new American television audience records by attracting a staggering 56 million viewers!
In 1997, George Lucas invited Warwick to return to that famous galaxy far, far away for Star Wars – Episode 1 ‘The Phantom Menace’. Warwick played no less than four roles in the film, including the characters Wald and Weazel.
Later in 1997, a script arrived entitled A Very Unlucky Leprechaun. No, not another horror movie, this time the Leprechaun, known as Lucky, was friendly, if a little eccentric. The success of this children’s film meant a sequel; The White Pony was made the following year. As well as the many roles on the big and small screens, Warwick has trodden the boards of theatres throughout the United Kingdom. As well as numerous productions of Snow White, he has also appeared in Peter Pan and Aladdin.
During 2001 Warwick completed filming on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Warwick plays Professor Flitwick and the Goblin Bank Teller in what has become one of the most successful films of all time! He went on to reprise the role of Flitwick in sequels, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Warwick was thrilled to receive a call from the Oscar nominated director Taylor Hackford in 2003, with the offer of a role in his critically acclaimed Ray Charles biopic, Ray. His character of Oberon is MC in the jazz club where Ray Charles first takes to the stage.
Next, Warwick was back in space, this time not in a galaxy far, far away, but hitching a ride as Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He once again went back to Hogwarts and reprised his role of Prof. Flitwick in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Ricky Gervais wrote an episode of his hit comedy Extras to feature Warwick and fellow Harry Potter cast member Daniel Radcliffe. Episode 3 in the series presents both Warwick and Daniel in a very different light!
Next, it was back for a new term at Hogwarts but this time with Warwick playing two characters. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 and Part 2 he appears as both Professor Flitwick and Griphook the goblin.
In 2011 he starred in BBC comedy series Life’s Too Short, writen and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Warwick co-created the show which saw him playing an fictionalised version of himself alongside guest stars including Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Barry from Eastenders.
2012 saw Warwick travel the globe in An Idiot Abroad 3, on Sky 1 HD with Karl Pilkington. The unlikely pair were sent by Ricky Gervais to follow in the footsteps of Marco Pollo from Venice, Italy to China.
Warwick has also released his own smart phone and tablet app called PocketWawrick. It’s been described as a cross between The Sims and a Tamgotchi. PocketWarwick allows the user to look after and manage the career of a virtual Warwick, inside their ‘non-specific electronic handheld device’. The app is available to download from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Android store.
Warwick recently appeared in another classic sci-fi universe, Dr Who. A Nightmare in Silver written by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman saw the return of the Cybermen and Warwick in the role of Porridge, the Emperor of the Universe in hiding.
He also made his West End debut in Monty Python’s Spamalot, starring as Patsy alongside his Life’s Too Short co-star Les Dennis as King Arthur and Bonnie Langford as The Lady of the Lake. Singing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life with Eric Idol in the audience was one of the most nerve-racking moments of his career.
2014 will see the realisation of a dream for Warwick as he sets out on a UK tour with his Reduced Height Theatre Company for their first production, See How They Run. This wonderfully funny and much loved farce will be enhanced by the fact that the cast are all under four foot tall. Tickets are on sale now!