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Date Of BirthDecember 1, 1957
FactAlong with George Takei, Clive Revill, Jason Wingreen, Felix Silla and Phil Fondacaro, he is one of only six actors to appear in both the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" series. He played Droopy McCool in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Keenser in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
PaymentsEarned $1,000,000 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

  • Born Mohinder Singh Purba (1957, Nairobi, Kenya), Deep Roy is known for playing 165 Oompa Loompas in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
  • Initially aspiring to be a comedian, he declined his father’s wish for him to study accountancy, choosing instead to pursue comedy and acting.
  • Roy’s career spans over 70 roles, including significant parts in “Star Trek,” “The NeverEnding Story,” and “Corpse Bride.”
  • Despite his public persona, Roy keeps his personal life, including his marital status, private.
  • he has an estimated net worth exceeding $2 million, a testament to his successful career in entertainment.

Who is Deep Roy?

Born Mohinder Singh Purba under the sign of Sagittarius on 1 December 1957, in Nairobi, Kenya, also known as Gurdeep Roy, Deep Roy is a diminutive – 4ft 4ins (1.32m) tall – almost 66-year-old award-winning British stuntman, actor and puppeteer of Indian origins, with Kenyan and UK nationality.

He is perhaps best known to the world for his significant presence on the TV screen and across the many media outlets due to his numerous roles, most prominently for having his appearance cloned and multiplied in order to star as the 165 Oompa Loompas in the 2005 musical fantasy film entitled “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

He has also had a number of other successes over the course of his often lucrative acting career since 1976.

Early life and education: Growing up in Nairobi

Roy was originally brought up right where he was born by his Indian father, who was a household décor dealer, and his mother of an unknown profession, both of still unspecified names. Regarding any siblings he may have had, he is apparently an only child.


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There still isn’t enough information to reveal what his early interests were across credible sources, though there is the fact that he came into adulthood wanting to be a world-famous comedian, so a passion for showmanship seems very likely in this case.

As for his education, Roy attended an unspecified high school in Nairobi, from where he matriculated around 1967. His family then moved to London, England, so that Roy could have the opportunity to study accountancy, according to his father’s wishes.

However, the young man had something entirely different in mind, and he refused his father’s funding for a college education in order to make an attempt at comedy. His father was outraged, but Roy was as determined as ever, and to this day, he is yet to attend college. Still, he did get an education at The Slim Wood School of Comedy, from where he graduated at an unspecified date.

Career: From stand-up to chocolate factories

While in comedy school, Roy began doing stand-ups at nearby cabaret clubs around 1969. In 1970, he had the honor of opening on the London stage of Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea’s Ray Cooney’s Miracle Worker.

Full NameMohinder Singh Purba, also known as Gurdeep Roy
Known ForPortraying all 165 Oompa Loompas in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
ProfessionActor, Stuntman, Puppeteer
EducationHigh school in Nairobi; attended The Slim Wood School of Comedy, did not complete university
Net WorthEstimated over $2 million as of early 2024​​
Date of Birth1 December 1957
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Place of BirthNairobi, Kenya
EthnicityIndian origins
Hair ColorPitch-black
Eye ColorDark brown
Height4ft 4ins (1.32m)
WeightApproximately 105lbs (48kgs)
AwardsWon 11 awards for performances, including for “The Ballad of Sandeep” and “God Came ‘Round”
Notable Works“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Star Trek” series, “The NeverEnding Story”, “Corpse Bride”
Social Profile LinksFacebook, Instagram


For a few years after graduating from the comedy school, Roy remained a stand-up comedian with a relatively well-established presence, though he was at that moment yet to achieve true success.

Fortunately, he was successful in two auditions in 1976 and made both his TV series and film debut in the same year – starring as Klokoe in an episode of “The New Avengers” entitled “Target!”, and as an Italian assassin in “The Pink Panther Strikes Again”.

In 1977, he set a career milestone by obtaining a role in as many as six episodes of the wildly popular TV series entitled “Doctor Who”. He was seen in “Benji’s Very Own Christmas Story” in 1978 for his short film debut, and he also appeared in an episode of “Blake’s 7”, in which he starred again in 1979 and 1980.

In 1979, he was seen as Van Bullock in “Roots of Evil”, as well as Midget in “Undercover Lover”, while 1980 showed him as Princess Aura’s Pet in “Flash Gordon”.

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His breakthrough 20 years

Roy took a break from acting for a year in 1981, and in 1982 appeared in two titles – “The Dark Crystal” and a short video entitled “Return of the Ewok”. In 1983, he had an uncredited role as Droopy McCool in “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”. He made up for his pause with three more appearances in 1984, starring as a gorilla in “Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes” and two other feature films.

Roy saw massive success in 1985, when he obtained the role of Tin Man in the legendary “Return to Oz”, which was at the time one of the most popular films on the planet, and remained such for many years. In 1986, he appeared in another episode of “Doctor Who”, and he also had an uncredited role in “Weekend Warriors”.

With one more screen appearance in 1987 and another two in 1988, Roy increased the count with three more in 1989, the most famous of which is “Rising Storm”, in which he portrayed Joker Arroyo. He was seen in only one role in 1990, two in 1991, and seven more until and including the year 2000.

Roy’s new millennium

In 2001, Roy appeared as a beggar in one episode of “The X-Files”, and as a gorilla kid in “Planet of the Apes”. He took another year-long break in 2002, and was back on screen in 2003 in two roles, while 2004 showcased him as Indian Mo in “Surviving Eden”.

It wasn’t until 2005 that his two most successful roles to date were realized – voicing General Bonesapart in world-famous Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride”, and all of the Oompa Loompas in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Starring in the latter film proved a massive challenge for any actor since each of the individual Oompa Loompas had to be played differently and yet with apparent similarities, all by the same actor.

There are as many as 165 of them, and in order to play every single one successfully, Roy took Pilates and dance classes at the time. Just for this role, he received $1 million, and thus this appearance is considered to be the greatest yet contribution to his net worth.

One could argue that it was precisely Roy’s incredible performance that popularized the ‘oompa-loompa’ expression, which is now widely used everywhere. After this role, Roy took a four-year break from acting

The last 10 years

In 2009, he appeared in three titles, the most famous of which is definitely as Keenser in “Star Trek”, wherein he became one of the only two actors to hold an achievement called ‘the unique science fiction trifecta’, alongside Simon Pegg, appearing in “Doctor Who”, “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” franchises. That year, he was seen in one more sci-fi franchise – as an Egyptian guard in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”.

In 2010, he starred as Aaron in three episodes of “Eastbound & Down”, while in 2011 he played the lead role of Sandeep Majumdar in “The Ballad of Sandeep” – a short film. 2012 showcased him in two more characters, at which time he gave his voice to Mushana in “Zambezia”, and starred as Mr. Jo in an episode of “Wolfpack of Reseda”.

He had three roles in 2013, the most important of which is his reappearance as Keenser in “Star Trek Into Darkness”. After a role in 2014 and a break in 2015, he was Keenser one more time in “Star Trek Beyond” in 2016. In 2017 he played Sandeep in a short film entitled “God Came ‘Round”. After a break in 2018, he is this year seen as Dr. Love in “Deep Into Love”, making for a total of over 70 roles, in a variety of characters, but also performing stunts in many.

A very impressive award summary

Over the years, Roy has made significant contributions to cinematography, some of which haven’t gone unnoticed and without an award. As a matter of fact, he is one of the extremely few actors ever to have won all of their 10+ nominations, the total being 11.

His first was the Best Actor award at the Colorado Film Festival for his performance in “The Ballad of Sandeep”; he won two more in 2012, another three in 2017, and five in 2018. It’s important to note that all of his awards came due to two of his performances, the one mentioned above and the one in “God Came ‘Round”.

Unfortunately and unexpectedly, he is yet to win an award for his 165 performances in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. However, as his career continues, there’s no telling what else he could win in the future.

Love life: His family, does he have a wife?

When it comes to his romantic involvements, Roy has always been known for extreme secrecy regarding this part of his life, and not even the most informed sources are able to shed light on the matter. He hasn’t been seen with a particular female presence even once, but he is still thought to be a married man.

Under the assumption that this is true, his wife remains a complete mystery to the fans, and he almost definitely does not have any children. As far as rumors go, he was never thought to be involved with anyone.

According to all of the information currently available, or the lack thereof, Deep Roy is heterosexual and potentially married with no children. He is normally a resident of Hounslow, England.

What is Deep Roy’s Net Worth?

Have you recently considered the net worth Deep Roy could have accumulated by 2024? According to the most reputable sources, it has been estimated that the total of Deep Roy’s wealth is over $2 million, made by lending his appearance to numerous titles throughout his life, most prominently for starring as 165 Oompa Loompas in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Seeing as his career is not finished yet, the specified amount can be expected to grow.

Body Measurements: What is his height?

When it comes to his physical specifications, Deep Roy is in fact quite famous precisely due to his somewhat unusual height. He is 4ft 4ins (1.32m) tall and weighs approximately 105lbs (48kgs) right now. He has pitch-black hair and dark brown eyes, as well as a generally dark complexion, and his body shape is mostly described as curvy.


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Social Media Presence

So, does Deep Roy have a presence on social media nowadays? He is widely expected by both his fans and colleagues to retain active engagement through social media networks, in order to potentially increase the future profits of his upcoming projects, which is a strategy that most actors apply.

However, it doesn’t look as though Roy is too interested in partaking in this trend, as he is mildly present on just two social networks and doesn’t persist with engagement. His private Facebook profile has almost 2,000 fans, he doesn’t have a Twitter account, and his Instagram account has just over 44,000 followers.

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General Info

Full NameDeep Roy
Date Of BirthDecember 1, 1957
Height1.32 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Stunt Performer, Puppeteer


MoviesCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek, The NeverEnding Story, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Return to Oz, Flash Gordon, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Haunted Mansion, Freaked, Howling VI: The Freaks, Paranormal Movie, Going Ban...

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)$1,000,000


1The most important thing is never to forget to always have love in your heart.


1He played an ape in both Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and Planet of the Apes (2001).
2Along with George Takei, Clive Revill, Jason Wingreen, Felix Silla and Phil Fondacaro, he is one of only six actors to appear in both the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" series. He played Droopy McCool in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Keenser in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
3He and Simon Pegg are the only holders of a unique science fiction trifecta, namely to appear in the "Doctor Who", "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" series. He played Mr Sin in the 1977 Doctor Who (1963) serial "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", Droopy McCool in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Keenser in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
4A true 'Blue Blooded' descendant of India's Maharajah Vinepal, 26 generations removed.
5Often collaborates with Tim Burton.
6There are 165 Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and he plays every one of them. For this role, he had to take Pilates and dance lessons in preparations for the four musical numbers.
7Parents are Indian.
8His given name, Gordeep, means 'God's Light.'




Star Trek Beyond2016Keenser
Mantervention2014Massage Dad
Star Trek Into Darkness2013Keenser
Paranormal Movie2013Demon
Jewtholic2013Video shortBarnaby
Zambezia2012Mushana (voice)
Wolfpack of Reseda2012TV SeriesMr. Jo
The Ballad of Sandeep2011ShortSandeep Majumdar
Eastbound & Down2010TV SeriesAaron
Soccer with the Sirens2009TV SeriesCoach Deep
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen2009Egyptian Guard
Star Trek2009Keenser
Corpse Bride2005General Bonesapart (voice)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005Oompa Loompa
Surviving Eden2004Indian Mo
Big Fish2003Mr. Soggybottom
The Haunted Mansion2003Hitchhiking Ghost
Planet of the Apes2001Gorilla Kid / Thade's Niece
The X-Files2001TV SeriesBeggar Man
How the Grinch Stole Christmas2000Post Office Clerk
Mafia!1998Small Hitman (uncredited)
Night Stand1996TV SeriesTanned Mike
Alice in Chains: Grind1995ShortEvil Cherub 1
Under the Hula Moon1995Bus Driver
Dickwad1994ShortLittle Telephone Bully
Freaked1993George Ramirez #3
Shatterbrain1991Main Monster
Howling VI: The Freaks1991VideoToones
Desperado: The Outlaw Wars1989TV Movie uncredited
Rising Storm1989Joker Arroyo
Ochlim Lokshim1989
Alien from L.A.1988Mambino
Lethal Woman1988Grizabella the Dwarf at Dinner
Going Bananas1987Bonzo
Doctor Who1977-1986TV SeriesMr. Sin / Possican Delegate
Weekend Warriors1986Little Girl (uncredited)
Return to Oz1985Tin Man
The NeverEnding Story1984Teeny Weeny
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes1984Primate Sequences
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983Droopy McCool (uncredited)
Return of the Ewok1982Video shortDroopy McCool
The Dark Crystal1982Additional Performer
Flash Gordon1980Princess Aura's Pet
Blakes 71978-1980TV SeriesLink / Moloch / The Klute / ...
The Man from S.E.X.1979Midget
Roots of Evil1979Van Bullock
Benji's Very Own Christmas Story1978TV ShortKey Elf (uncredited)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again1976Italian Assassin (as Roy Deep)
The New Avengers1976TV SeriesKlokoe


The Unborn2009stunt double: Atticus Shaffer
Van Helsing2004stunts
Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood2003Video stunts
A Man Apart2003stunt double
The Kid2000stunt double: Rusty
The Adventures of Ragtime1998stunt double: Barkley
Retroactive1997stunt player
Evil Has a Face1996TV Movie stunts
Sudden Death1995stunts
The Jungle Book1994stunts
The War1994stunts
The Little Rascals1994stunts
New Nightmare1994stunts
Josh and S.A.M.1993stunts
Leprechaun1993stunt performer
Poltergeist II: The Other Side1986stunts
Flash Gordon1980stunts - uncredited
Blakes 71978TV Series stunts - 1 episode


Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983puppeteer
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back1980stand-in: Yoda - uncredited


Life After Flash2017Documentary filmingHimself
Groovey.TV's Celebration of Badassery Interview Series2013TV SeriesHimself
Through the Mind's Eye of Colleen Atwood2013ShortHimself
Vegas Cinefest2011Himself
Big Brother's Efourum2005TV SeriesHimself
Becoming Oompa-Loompa2005Video documentary shortHimself
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Different Faces, Different Flavors2005Video documentary shortHimself
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment2003-2004TV Series
The Lively Arts1977TV Series documentaryHimself / Mr. Sin

Archive Footage

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryBonzo (uncredited)
The Culture Show2013TV Series documentaryMr. Sin
Hammer Horror2007Video documentary shortMr. Sin
Serial Thrillers2003Video documentary shortMr.Sin (uncredited)
60 Millionen für Phantásien - Wie die 'unendliche Geschichte' ins Kino kam1984TV Movie documentaryTeeny Weeny (uncredited)


Won Awards

2012Award of MeritBest Shorts CompetitionLeading ActorThe Ballad of Sandeep (2011)
2012Festival AwardSunset International Film FestivalBest ActorThe Ballad of Sandeep (2011)
2011Best ActorColorado Film Festival, USThe Ballad of Sandeep (2011)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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