Deep Roy

Last updated 09 January 2020

Mohinder Purba (Gurdeep Roy)

Born: Sunday 1st December 1957 (age: 66)


Deep Roy is an English actorstuntman and puppeteer of Indian descent.

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

He played 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. He is the only actor to appear in the "Doctor Who", "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" franchises. .

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.  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 ApesBig FishCharlie 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-FilesFlash GordonReturn 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 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. Deep starred as Sandeep Majumdar in the 2012 award winning short film "The Ballad of Sandeep". Most recently he has appeared in all three of the "alternative universe" Star Trek films "Keenser", Montgomery Scott's assistant.