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Katie Purvis is an actress who played the "Maternal Ewok" in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. She is also the daughter of Star Wars actor Jack Purvis, and is good friends with Maureen Charlton.
Katie Purvis was born in England in 1966. Her father was Jack Purvis, born with a condition called Achondroplasia a form of dwarfism who was 4'6". Katie inherited this conditionith from her father, standing tall at 3'11 as an adult.
Her first appearance in a mainstream movie was Terry Gilliam's extravaganza Time Bandits in 1981, where she doubled for short actor Tiny Ross in a stunt in the movie. Notice that other Star Wars stars featured in this project, including Katie's own father Jack as well as Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Mike Edmonds (Logray), Marcus Powell (Rycar Ryjerd), Declan Mulholland (Opun Mcgrrrr) and Malcolm Dixon (Jawa).
Katie became a part of the Star Wars saga with her small but iconic role in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, where she plays the Maternal Ewok, holding a wokling. Of course, her father Jack and many other actors of short stature were featured in that that scene.
Experienced in "small creature" roles, Katie was called again to act as a Goblin in both Ridley Scott's Legend and Jim Henson's Labyrinth; as usual, acting as "one of the small creatures", she met again with other actors from previous works.
Katie was also one of the Newlyns (alongside her father) in acclaimed filmWillow (1988) and she appeared as a widget in Look-and-Read TV children's drama series Through the Dragon's Eyes in 1989.
Katie Purvis also was lucky enough to work on Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. Where she was a stand-in for Killians son,Killians being played by Steven Waddington during the Headless Horsemans (Ray Park) attack on his house.
Katie appeared as a Gringotts Goblin in two of theHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows. Katie was also a carol singing witch in the Hogsmeade Choir in Harry potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire she was lucky enough to secure two roles, one as opposing supporters of the Quidditch World Cup games! TV roles include the TV version of Chronicles of Narnia (2004), and we could see her as a cashier in a 2003 episode of Channel 4 TV series Teachers. She also appeared as a contestant on Deal or No Deal in November 2011