Kiran Shah

Kiran Shah (born 28 September 1956) is a Kenyan-Indian actor and a stunt double.

Kiran Shah
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Shah in 2006
Born (1956-09-28) 28 September 1956 (age 64)
OccupationActor, stuntman
Years active1977–present
Height4 ft 2 in (127 cm)

Shah was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He lived in Kenya until he was twelve years old, when he moved to India with his family. While living in India, he became interested in films, and when his family moved to Feltham, he became involved in show business. His first film was Candleshoe (1977), as a stand-in. When stunt coordinator Bob Anderson asked him to do stunts as well, his career was started. Shah played the part of Bolum in The People That Time Forgot (1977).

Shah is often confused with Deep Roy; they are both dwarf Nairobi-born Kenyan actors of Indian descent who got their starts in film and television in the late 1970s. He is the world's shortest stuntman according to the Guinness World Records. He has appeared as an actor in 31 films; and 37 as stuntman or body double.

Stand-in, stunt, and background workEdit

He has been in several blockbuster films since, such as Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Dark Crystal (1982), Return of the Jedi (1983), Legend (1985), Aliens (1986), The Sign of Four (1987), Bullseye! (1990), Braveheart (1995), and Titanic (1997) where he stunt doubled all the children in the film.

He has appeared as a stunt double or stand-in in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series. He was the scale double for Elijah Wood as Frodo,[1] though he doubled for all the other main hobbits, being the only scale-double capable of stunts. He doubled Bilbo Baggins as played by both Martin Freeman (in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and Ian Holm (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring). He is one of only three actors to play the titular character in the Hobbit films.

Character workEdit

His most featured role was as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where he played Ginarrbrik. He also portrayed an Andaman islander in the Sherlock Holmes film The Sign of Four, and the monster who came out of a painting and attacked Natasha Richardson in the 1986 film Gothic. In addition to doubling for Martin Freeman as Bilbo in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he also appeared as the Goblin Scribe.

Shah appeared as the mysterious figure in the Steven Moffat scripted "Listen", the fourth episode of the eighth series of Doctor Who, also episode 2 of series 10 as Emojibot 1 in "Smile".[2]

Shah appeared in the 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as Teedo, a small, brutish scavenger that roams the planet Jakku's vast wasteland on his semi-mechanical Luggabeast.[3][4]


In addition to being an actor and a stuntman, Kiran is also a poet. His poetry has been published in Great Britain and the United States, and is based on his personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences.[5]



  1. ^ J.W. Braun, The Lord of the Films (ECW Press, 2009).
  2. ^ "The making of Smile - Smile: Behind the Scenes - Smile, Series 10, Doctor Who - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ Marston, George (12 August 2015). "J.J. ABRAMS: REY and FINN's Last Names in STAR WARS: FORCE AWAKENS Are Purposely Secret". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Teedo (Species)". 12 January 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ Milliken, Neil (4 January 2016). "Kiran Shah – Actor and Stuntman". AXSChat. Retrieved 4 February 2017.

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