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Jimmy Vee
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Jimmy Vee at Comic Con, Newcastle in 2016
Born (1959-02-03) 3 February 1959 (age 60)
Years active2001–present
Height1.12 m (3 ft 8 in)

Jimmy Vee (born 3 February 1959) is a Scottish[1] actor, puppeteer and stunt performer. He is best known for playing a number of Doctor Who monsters and aliens, as well as the actor for R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars Episode IX, replacing the late Kenny Baker.


Vee started his career as a stunt double/performer for various small actors[2] and extras in films such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Vee also starred as Cheeky the dwarf in the King's Theatre, Glasgow adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.[1]

In November 2015, he was cast as R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, succeeding Kenny Baker before Baker's death in August 2016.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

He identifies as a dwarf, standing 1.12 metres (3 ft 8 in) tall, the same height as Kenny Baker, who originally played R2-D2.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Goblin Uncredited
2007 Skins: Secret Party Digger Short film
2009 Kilt Man Midget
2015 Pan Lofty
Star Wars: The Force Awakens R2-D2 Uncredited[5]
2017 Dark Ascension Evil Dwarf
Star Wars: The Last Jedi R2-D2
2018 Train Set Randy
Solo: A Star Wars Story Creature and droid puppeteer
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX R2-D2 Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Weirdsister College Gargoyle Episode: "The Gargoyle"
2005–14 Doctor Who Moxx of Balhoon
Space Pig
Graske (multiple)
Skovox Blitzer
Episodes: "The End of the World"
"Aliens of London"
"Attack of the Graske"
"Voyage of the Damned"
"Music of the Spheres"
"The Caretaker"
2007–10 The Sarah Jane Adventures Slitheen (multiple)
Krislok the Graske
Episodes: Revenge of the Slitheen
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith
"From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love"
The Gift
Death of the Doctor
2017 Trust Me Mr. Kennedy Episode #1.3


  1. ^ a b Lyons, Beverley (11 December 2015). "Scots actor Jimmy Vee hotly tipped to join Star Wars cast.. but admits he doesn't even know a light saber". Daily Record. Glasgow, Scotland: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Midlands MCM Expo - Sept '08 - Part 6 - Jimmy Vee 1 - YouTube". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  3. ^ McEwan, Cameron K. (November 16, 2016). "Doctor Who actor Jimmy Vee is the new R2-D2 in Star Wars Episode 8". Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Lawson, Nicola (13 August 2016). "Kenny Baker, actor behind R2-D2, dies". The Guardian. London, England: The Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (February 14, 2017). "'Star Wars': R2-D2 Role to Be Filled by Jimmy Vee in 'The Last Jedi'". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 2, 2018.

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