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Harry Potter actress Samantha Davis, wife of Warwick Davis, dies aged 53-Tori Brazier-Entertainment – Metro

The actress met her Star Wars actor spouse on the set of Willow.

Harry Potter actress Samantha Davis, wife of Warwick Davis, dies aged 53-Tori Brazier-Entertainment – Metro

Actress Samantha Davis has died (Picture: David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock)

Actress Samantha Davis, wife of Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, has died at the age of 53.

Her death was confirmed in a statement by her husband Warwick, who revealed she had died on March 24.

‘Her passing has left a huge hole in our lives as a family. I miss her hugs,’ Warwick said in a statement, according to the BBC.

The actor described his wife, ‘Sammy’, as his ‘most trusted confidant and an ardent supporter of everything I did in my career’.

‘She was a unique character, always seeing the sunny side of life she had a wicked sense of humour and always laughed at my bad jokes.’

‘Mum is our best friend and we’re honoured to have received a love like hers,’ Davis’ children, Harrison and Annabelle, added.

Davis, who played a goblin in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and was also co-founder of dwarfism charity Little People UK, had also featured in her husband’s cult favourite film Willow in 1988.

She and husband Warwick Davis tied the knot in 1991 (Picture: News Group/REX/Shutterstock)

They met on the set of Willow, where Warwick played aspiring sorcerer and titular character Willow Ufgood (Picture: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock)

Warwick had been acting since he was a child, finding fame through Star Wars, in which he played several characters, including, most famously, Wicket the Ewok.

She appeared in an uncredited role as a Nelwyn villager alongside her father, Peter Burroughs.

The couple met on the set of the movie, with Burroughs later forming a business partnership with his son-in-law after they founded a talent agency together in 1995.

Willow Management specialises in representing actors under five feet as well as performers over seven feet tall.

Davis’ death was described as leaving ‘a huge hole in our lives as a family’ (Picture: S Meddle/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)

‘With her by my side, I was sure I could achieve anything, it was like having a super-power,’ the Professor Flitwick actor continued.

‘Without Sammy, there would have been no Tenable quiz show, no Willow series. No Idiot Abroad Series 3.’

Davis and her 54-year-old husband share daughter actress Annabelle Davis, 27, who starred in the CBBC show The Dumping Ground as Sasha Bellman, and in Hollyoaks as Lacey Lloyd until earlier this year.

Their eldest son Lloyd died at nine days old in 1990, after inheriting both spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED) from his father and achondroplasia from his mother, a combination which is fatal.

(L-R) Son Harrison Davis, Samantha Davis, Warwick Davis, and daughter Annabelle Davis (Picture: Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage)

Davis (second from L) had reprised her role as a villager in the Willow TV series alongside her sister, actress Hayley Burroughs (L), Warwick, and daughter Annabelle (second from R) (Picture: @HayleyBurroughs)

Youngest son Harrison is 21, and also appeared in the final Harry Potter instalment as a magic goblin.

Davis’ other acting credits include BBC educational series Through the Dragon’s Eye, Honky Sausages and ShortFellas.

Warwick revealed that his wife had struggled with her mobility in recent years but was ‘determined that it would not impact her quality of life’.

Disney, whose streaming platform revived Willow for a TV series in 2022, called Davis a ‘beloved member of the UK film and TV community.

‘Our thoughts are with the Davis family during this difficult time,’ they added.

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