Gurdeep Roy, known professionally as Deep Roy, is a Kenyan-British actor, puppeteer, and stuntman. At 132 centimetres (4 ft 4 in) tall, he has often been cast as diminutive characters, such as Teeny Weeny in The NeverEnding Story and the Oompa-Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Keenser in Star Trek, and subsequent films (“Kelvin Timeline”), and in television series such as The X-Files, Doctor Who, and Eastbound & Down.

In 1979, Roy also played a genetically engineered life form “Decima” in the first season Blake’s 7 episode “The Web”, the diminutive chess genius, “The Klute”, in the second season Blake’s 7 episode “Gambit” and he voiced the character “Moloch”, in the third season Blake’s 7 episode “Moloch”. He portrayed the Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He is uncredited on the film but can be seen in many behind-the-scenes photos dressed as Yoda for perspective shots filmed towards the end of production.

He has played apes in two movies: Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and again in the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes (2001) in two roles, one as a young gorilla boy and as Thade’s niece. He has worked for Burton in three other films, Big Fish (2003), Corpse Bride (2005), where he supplied General Bonesapart’s voice, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (also 2005). He played all the Oompa-Loompas (165 of them) in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In referencing his workload during production, director Tim Burton called Roy the “hardest-working man in show biz.” Roy had extensive training for the role in dance, yoga, and some minor instrument playing. His great nephew is Wakehams Green FC central midfielder, Arun Purba.

He has performed many other roles in movies and on television, including The X-Files, Flash Gordon, Return to Oz (as the Tin Woodman), 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.

He appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) as an Egyptian border guard and in the film Star Trek (also 2009) as Keenser, Scotty’s assistant on the ice planet Delta Vega; he reprised the Keenser role in the sequels Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. In one of his more prominent speaking roles, Roy played Aaron, a violent Mumbai-born Mexican criminal in second season of the HBO comedy, Eastbound & Down. Roy starred as Sandeep Majumdar in the 2012 short film The Ballad of Sandeep