Meet the Cast The Bristol Hippodrome Panto Family
By Alison Gurney
When a cast of actors come together for a
show you quite often hear them say that they become like a family. Well this
year we literally do have a family in Snow White with Warwick Davis daughter
Annabelle playing Snoozy,
Warwick's father in law Peter playing Grumbly and Warwick's sister in law
Hayley playing Blusher. Come and let us introduce you to the actors playing our
7 Dwarfs this year at The Bristol Hippodrome in Snow White.
Warwick Davis - Prof
Warwick's acting career came about purely
by chance. Back in 1981 his Grandmother heard a radio announcement calling for short
people to appear in the new Star Wars film Return
played the tiny Ewok, Wicket
In 1985, Warwick appeared alongside David
Bowie in the
fantasy film, Labyrinth.
In 1987, Warwick was called to Elstree
Studios in London for a meeting with Ron Howard and George Lucas. They discussed a new project
written specifically with
He was cast in two series of the BBC television classic, The Chronicles of Narnia.
In 1995, Warwick appeared as Grildrig in Gulliver's
In 1997, George Lucas invited Warwick to
return to that famous galaxy far, far away for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.
In 2001, Warwick joined the faculty of that
most famous school for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hogwarts.
Warwick plays Professor Flitwick , the Goblin Bank Teller and Griphook in
all eight Harry Potter films, one of the most successful film series of all time!
Ricky Gervais wrote an episode of his hit
comedy Extras to
feature Warwick and fellow
cast member Daniel Radcliffe.
In 2011, he starred in BBC comedy series Life's
2012 saw Warwick travel the globe in the
hugely popular, An Idiot Abroad 3 with Karl
Warwick recently appeared in another classic
sci-fi universe, Dr Who. Nightmare in Silver
In 2013, Warwick made his West End debut in Spamalot,
starring as Patsy.
Warwick and his family embarked on another tour
of the UK in their VW
campervan for a second series of their
travel show for ITV, Weekend Escapes. Warwick
game show host
for Celebrity Squares.
He was also thrilled to be asked to once again return to that galaxy far,
far away for Star Wars - Episode VII.
Annabelle Davis - Snoozy
Annabelle's debut stage performance was at The Manchester Opera House in 2005. She was 9 years old at the time and won the hearts and praise of the audience and reviewers alike.
Now 17, Annabelle is studying for
A-Levels in Media, Textiles, Art and IT at Sawtry Community College. Annabelle is also a writer and
Annabelle's past acting work has not just
been in theatre, she appeared in Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 as a goblin in Gringotts
In 2013, Annabelle appeared in another
blockbuster movie, Jack the Giant Slayer.
She landed a role in the much anticipated Star Wars - Episode VII and is a new character in the BAFTA award winning CBBC drama, The Dumping Ground which will air later in 2015. She also embarked on another trip around the UK with her family for a second series of Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis.
Peter Burroughs - Grumbly
Peter started his career at the London
Palladium in the Man in the Moon.
Other theatre work includes Aida at the London Coliseum, Mahogany
the English Opera Company, and being an experienced ice skater he also appeared
Arnold's Ice Show
and Holiday on Ice.
Peter has also been seen in the films Labyrinth,
Star Wars - Return of the Jedi, Willow,
Dark Crystal, Flash Gordon, The
Tenth Kingdom and
Harry Potter playing a Goblin in the very last Harry
Potter film. He has also appeared in several commercials
including Nestle Toffee Crisp.
In 1999 he appeared as the Milk Carton in
Blur's video Coffee & TV , which delighted him as it won the Best Video
Hayley Burroughs - Blusher
Hayley made her acting debut when she was just seven years old when she appeared as a Newlyn Villager in the epic fantasy Willow, and in a film role playing a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth alongside Sir Richard Attenborough in Elizabeth. She played the crazy Bizza Bopkin in three series of the popular children's ITV series Jamboree with Floella Benjamin , appeared on The Priory with Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston and also Banzai and Teachers both for Channel 4. Most recently Hayley appeared in BBC's Lifes Too Short.
Hayley appeared on the Vanessa Feltz Show and The Ovitz Family, a documentary based on a family of dwarf musicians during the 2nd World War and enjoyed performing in the Weetabix advert.
Hayley played Corkscrew Charlie in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 2005 and appeared in Freaky for Channel 4.
Hayley appeared in the film Elizabeth The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett and more recently has just finished filming Harry Potter - The Deathly Hallows, which is the very last in the series.
This is Hayley's nineteenth pantomime.
Danny Blackner - Loopy
Danny became an equestrian performer in
the circus at the age of 17, which lead him into fringe and comedy theatre,
including regular appearances at the Edinburgh Festival.
His first experience of film was as an Ewok in Star
Wars - Return of The Jedi,
and between 1982 and 1997 he performed in numerous movies such as The
Labyrinth, The Witches, The Muppets - Treasure Island and Princess Bride.
Danny also had the opportunity to work in
television with John Hurt, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in the Storyteller
series as well as roles in Chronicles of Narnia, One
Foot in The Grave and
Taking part in music videos by Queen (It's a Kind of Magic) and Duran Duran
(Arena) were also great experiences.
Danny fulfilled creature roles in the hit
Guide to the Galaxy and
numerous one-off shows for The Carnival of the Bizarre and also had the
opportunity to perform in two shows with Canon and Ball on stage. He can be seen driving the Volkswagen in the
Channel Five film sponsorship commercial
Snow White spoof. The last few
years has been typically busy for Danny, during which he has performed in eight
tours of The
Circus of Horrors as
A veteran of twenty-nine performances of Snow White, Danny is looking forward to appearing in Bristol this Christmas.
Dean Whatton - Sniffley
Dean started his theatrical career in
2002 at Derby Playhouse playing the part of a Pimp in Pericles. He has performed in many plays including Puck in an adaptation of a Midsummer Nights Dream - Dream On, Prince Osimo in The
Life of Galileo and
name but a few.
On television Dean has appeared in BBC's
and Dom and
as Paul in Little Britain -
series two and series three, and also for Maverick television. He appeared in
the pilot of I Spasticus and
has appeared on the Paul O'Grady Show.
Dean appeared in the Gringott's Bank
scene on the very last Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part
He appeared in Ricky Gervais' comedy Life's
too Short in
2011 and in 2013 Season 4 of Game of Thrones
Dean has toured with Northern Broadsides
Theatre Company in an adaptation of Shakespeare's Loves
the part of Moth in 2011.
He appeared in the 2012 film Snow
White and the Huntsman.
Dean toured with comedian John Bishop on
his 2012 Rollercoaster Tour, and has also appeared with John Bishop in Baby
Cow's production of Panto for
ITV playing the role of Greg Chip.
In 2013 Dean played Tom Thumb in An Bronntanas a
contemporary thriller shown as a mini-series on TG4 and featured as the closing
film in this year's Galway Film Fleadh
Pete Bonner - Cheeky
Pete performed with the Holiday On Ice
Company, touring around Europe in 1987-88. He also toured around Belgium,
Holland and France in the musical Snow White.
television credits include Casualty, Ricky Gervais Show,Psychoville,
Home for the Holidays & as Little Pete in Life's Too Short.
He has been particularly active in a
variety of television commercials including E4 Channel inserts for Glee,
Pete has appeared in a wide range of
films from fantasy to horror! His first role was as stunt double for the title
character in the film Willow in
1988, which took him to New Zealand. He
has appeared as a goblin in Gringott's Bank
in both the first and last Harry Potter movies.
Other movies include Tenth Kingdom, Jack the Giant
for Sky TV, Da Vinci's Demons.
Last year he came into the 21st Century playing the part of Thogan Willowshield in Dwarves Assemble broadcast on the Multiverse YouTube Channel.