Andy Herd might not be a household name but his work in film has not gone unnoticed. Doubtless you’ve seen the actor on-screen and not realised it. Usually under the cover of prosthetic make-up and body suits, he’s appeared in such iconic movies as Star Wars, Willow, Labyrinth and Harry Potter.
Andy Herd came to my attention when I noticed he’d posted candid pictures of himself on social media with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford on the set of George Lucas’ Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. He was responding to those who didn’t know him personally about his life as an actor.
When he was living in Hertfordshire in 1983, he noticed in the local paper that a film production at Elstree Studios required the services of dwarves. Little did he know he’d go on to feature in George Lucas’ fantasy epic, playing both one of the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi as well as Jabba’s Jawa servant.
Herd, who more recently appeared in the Harry Potter films, understandably looks back on his acting debut with fond memories. “Harrison Ford was a nice guy, and a very serious actor. Mark Hamill was great fun. He was so fascinated by the little people, he moved his stuff into our place. It was one big laugh all the way through,” he once said.
It led to other film roles. As well as Star Wars and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, he was also an Elwyn Villager in Willow and appeared in Labyrinth with David Bowie.
Herd, who has appeared at fan conventions to sign autographs and chat with fans, now lives in Brussels with his wife and children.