Who is Deep Roy?

Deep Roy is a professional and talented actor who achieved his fame after the musical fantasy film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where he portrayed the character of Oompa Loompas. Besides that, he is also a professional stunt man and puppeteer.

Quick Info
Full NameMohinder Purba
Date of Birth26 January 1957
Birth PlaceNairobi, Kenya
Parent(s)Burt Roy and Soon Yee Roy
OccupationActor, Stuntman, Puppeteer
Net worthUS $500,000.00

Early life

Roy was born on 26th January of 1957 in the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi. He belongs to both English and Kenyan nationality as he moved to England and finished his schooling. He was born in an Indian family and is the son of Burt Roy and Soon Yee Roy. His father used to work in a factory while his mother was a bartender and housewives. There are no records of his brothers and sisters, and we believe he is the only child of his parents. His original birth name is Gurdeep Roy, but he is commonly known for his nickname.

Roy finished his study in England at The Slim Wood School of Comedy. He began his career as a stand-up comedian. Initially, he didn’t think about choosing acting as his career, but he decided to give it a go due to his mother’s guidance and encouragement.

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Like most of the stars, Deep Roy began his acting career through theatres. Before that, he was a comedian performing in small clubs of England. He made his stage debut in the mid-1970s from the Palace Theatre, located in the town of West-on-Sea in England.


Deep Roy made his film debut in 1976, where he made his first appearance in the comedy film called The Pink Panther Strikes Again. In the movie, he portrayed the character of an Italian Assassin. He then made his next appearance in 1978 in an American Christmas television film Benji’s Very Own Christmas Story, as Key Elf, but his role was not given any credits.

The following year, he made his appearance in the James Bond action film, Licensed to Love and Kill as a dwarf. The film was directed by Lindsay Shonteff and starred the famous actor Gareth Hunt. The same year, he appeared in the film Die Brut des Bosen/Roots of Evil, portraying the character of Van Bullock, and he also worked as a stunt performer in the musical road comedy film The Muppet Movie.

In 1980, Deep Roy made his appearance in the space opera film Flash Gordon portraying Fellini’s character. The same year, he received the opportunity to appear in one of the series of Star Wars called The Empire Strikes Back, where he portrayed the fictional character Yoda and R2-D2 double. He also appeared in another series of Star Wars, Return of Jedi in 1983 as a puppeteer and R2-D2.

In 1984, Deep Roy received more recognition after his performance in the fantasy film called The NeverEnding Story. He made his next breakthrough in 2005 after appearing in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Oompa-Loompas. His other notable films are Big Fish, Star Trek, Transformer: revenge of the Fallen, Intervention, Star Trek Into Darkness, etc.

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Deep Roy made his television debut the same year of his film debut. He made his small appearance in the series The New Avengers as Klokoe. Following year, he appeared in 2 episodes of the British science fiction TV program called Doctor Who portraying Mr. Sin’s character. He also made his appearance in 4 episodes of the British science fiction program Blake’s seven as Decima, Link, Moloch, and The Klute in 1978. In 1989, he played a small role in the TV series called Desperado: The Outlaw Wars but was not credited for his roles.

In 1996, he performed the stunt for the television film Evil Has A Face. Then he went on to play small roles in the American science fiction drama TV series The X-Files as a beggar in 2001. The following year, he voiced the Librarian’s character in an animated horror-comedy series called Courage the Cowardly Dog.

In 2003, Deep Roy appeared in a hidden camera joke reality TV series called The Jamie Kennedy Experiment as himself. He appeared in a total of 9 episodes portraying the character of himself as a comedian. In 2010, he appeared in an American sports comedy series Eastbound & Down as Aaron. He appeared in a total of 4 episodes. In 2012, he appeared in an episode called “Hungry Like the Wolf” of the series Wolfpack of Reseda as Mr. Jo.


Personal life

Talking about the personal life of Deep Roy, he is currently believed to be single. He was neither married in the past nor have any children of his own. There has been a rumor of him having a relationship one time in the past, but there are no details regarding it. Since he prefers to keep his relationship private, it is hard to record his love life.

Roy is active on Instagram, and he has over 16.7 thousand followers. He can be connected by @realdeeproy. Looking at his social account, he seems to have a very outgoing personality. He loves to travel and loves to try the foods of different kinds of restaurants from other places. Despite his age, Roy is still funny and loves to show his dance from his hit film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Physical statistics & others

Deep Roy has a small height of 4 feet and 4 inches with a bodyweight of around 48 kg. He has an average body build. He possesses black hair and dark skin.  His eye is black. He doesn’t have any tattoos on his body, and Roy prefers to keep his looks confident and straightforward.

His zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and his sexual orientation is straight. He belongs to Indian Asian ethnicity.


Net worth

Deep Roy’s net worth as of 2020 is estimated to be around $500 thousand. After receiving recognition from the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roy made his way to the film industry, which led him to earn today’s net worth. His source of income comes solely from the entertainment industry.