Gurdeep Roy (born 1 December 1957), sometimes credited as Roy Deep, Gordeep Roy, or just Deep Roy, is a Kenyan-born English actor, stuntman and puppeteer of Indian descent.
Born Mohinder Purba in Nairobi, Kenya to Indian parents, Roy is 4 ft 4 in (132 centimetres) tall.
Because of his short stature, he has played a variety of unusual characters in his acting career. Roy made his professional screen acting debut in a 1976 episode of The New Avengers entitled "Target!" as character named Klokoe. He would later make his film debut that same year, in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, as the Italian Assassin. Another notable early role was as Mr. Sin, the "pig-brained Peking Homonculus", a villain with a distinct appetite for homicide, in the acclaimed Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang. In 1979, Roy also played a genetically engineered life form 'Decima' in the 1st season Blake's 7 episode "The Web" as well as the diminutive chess genius, 'The Klute', in the 2nd season Blake's 7 episode "Gambit".
He has played apes in two movies: Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and again in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes (Two roles: one as a young gorilla boy and as Thade's niece). His most notable role is playing all the Oompa-Loompas (165 of them) in Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Deep had extensive training for the role in dance, yoga, and even some minor instrument playing. He is noted for his frequent collaborations with Tim Burton, appearing in Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride where he supplied General Bonesapart's voice.
He has done many other roles in movies and on television, including The X-Files, Flash Gordon, Return to Oz (as the Tin Woodsman), Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal as a puppeteer extra, The NeverEnding Story as Teeny Weeny, the rider of the "racing snail", Alien from L.A., Howling VI: The Freaks as Mr Toones and Return of the Jedi as Droopy McCool and in The Haunted Mansion.
More recently, he appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as an Egyptian guard and in the 2009 film Star Trek as "Keenser", Montgomery Scott's assistant on the ice planet Delta Vega. Deep played a green man while doing a commercial shoot for Ozocleanse. In one of his more prominent speaking roles, Roy played Aaron, a violent Mexican criminal, in second season of the HBO comedy, Eastbound & Down. Most recently Deep starred as Sandeep Majumdar in the 2012 award winning short film "The Ballad of Sandeep".
|1976||The Pink Panther Strikes Again||Italian Assassin|
|1979||Licensed to Love and Kill||Dwarf|
|Die Brut des Bösen||Van Bullock|
|The Dark Crystal||Additional performer|
|1983||Mini Gulliver||Mini Gull|
|1983||Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi||Droopy McCool||Uncredited role|
|1984||Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes||Primate Sequences|
|The NeverEnding Story||Teeny Weeny||Voice dubbed by Frank Lenart|
|1985||Return to Oz||Tin Man|
|Starship||Grid' not 'Kid|
|1986||Weekend Warriors||Little Girl||Uncredited role|
|1988||Alien from L.A.||Mambino|
|1989||Rising Storm||Joker Arroyo|
|1991||Howling VI: The Freaks||Toones||Direct-to-video release|
|1992||The Resurrected||Main Monster|
|1993||Freaked||George Ramirez #3|
|1994||Dickwad||Little Telephone Bully|
|1995||Under the Hula Moon||Bus Driver|
|1998||Mafia!||Small Hitman||Uncredited role|
|2000||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Post Office Clerk|
|2001||Planet of the Apes||Gorilla Kid/Thade's Niece|
|2003||The Haunted Mansion||Hitchhiking Ghost|
|Big Fish||Mr. Soggybottom|
|2004||Surviving Eden||Indian Mo|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Oompa-Loompa||Played all of the Oompa-Loompas|
|Corpse Bride||General Bonesapart||Voice role|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||Egyptian Guard|
|1976||The New Avengers||Klokoe||Episode: "Target!"|
|1978||Benji's Very Own Christmas Story||Key Elf||Uncredited role
|1977–1986||Doctor Who||Mr. Sin
|1989||Desperado: The Outlaw Wars||Uncredited role|
|2001||The X-Files||Beggar Man||Episode: "Badlaa"|
|2010||Eastbound & Down||Aaron|