Gurdeep Roy

Gurdeep Roy

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.

Early life

Born Mohinder Purba in Nairobi, Kenya to Indian parents, Roy is 4 ft 4 in (132 centimetres) tall.

Career

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".

 

Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again Italian Assassin  
1979 Licensed to Love and Kill Dwarf  
Die Brut des Bösen Van Bullock  
1980 Flash Gordon Fellini  
1982 The Sender    
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
1987 Going Bananas Bonzo  
1988 Alien from L.A. Mambino  
1989 Rising Storm Joker Arroyo  
Lethal Woman Grizabella  
1990 Disturbed Marty  
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
2009 Star Trek Keenser  
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Egyptian Guard  
2012 Zambezia Mushana Voice only
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1976 The New Avengers Klokoe Episode: "Target!"
1978 Benji's Very Own Christmas Story Key Elf Uncredited role
TV movie
1977–1986 Doctor Who Mr. Sin
Possican Delegate
7 episodes
1978–1980 Blake's 7 Decima
The Klute
Moloch
Link
4 episodes
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars   Uncredited role
2001 The X-Files Beggar Man Episode: "Badlaa"
2010 Eastbound & Down Aaron  

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