Harry Potter star Warwick Davis first alumni after visit to former Tadworth school

This Is Local London: Warwick Davis visited his former school in Tadworth. Photos: What's on in Banstead Warwick Davis visited his former school in Tadworth. Photos: What's on in Banstead

Warwick Davis took a trip down memory lane when he went to film at his old school on Thursday.

The actor with dwarfism, who has starred in Harry Potter and Star Wars, visited Chinthurst School in Tadworth Street, Tadworth, for the BBC’s the One Show.

During the visit Davis agreed to become its very first Old Chintonian as the school starts to found an alumni association.

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He got the chance to catch up with an old teacher, help out with rehearsals for the school play and meet lots of the students.

Parent Mark Davies said: "It was great, he was so down-to-earth and loved coming back. He met one of his old teachers who is chair of governors and told me all about the classrooms and teachers.

"He enjoyed seeing the kids rehearse for the school play as it happens to be the same production he just finished touring with, See How They Run.

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"He then gave the cast some valuable tips on acting and enjoyed being back at the school for the first time since leaving."

Davis was a student there between 1974 and 1983 at a time when it was an all-boys school.

A school statement said: "He loved his time at the school and was always the prankster.

"His favourite subject was geography and he was in Nelson House and enjoyed the long jump, which he attempted to do again for the One Show crew.

"He encapsulated the children as he told a funny story about how he used to hide cabbage in his trouser pockets and then walk around the playing fields and slowly take it out of his pockets and drop it onto the grass.”

Headmaster Mr Williams said: "We are just setting up our alumni foundation and Warwick will be the first name for what we hope will become a truly spectacular addition to Chinthurst life given its rich heritage of over 105 years in existence."

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The actor was born in Epsom and went on to City of London Freeman’s School in Ashtead after Chinthurst School.

He played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi and Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films.

Davis has also starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the sitcom Life's Too Short, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

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