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20th Mar 2023

Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Paul Grant dies aged 56

Charlie Herbert

He collapsed outside King’s Cross station last week

Actor Paul Grant, who appeared in Star Wars and Harry Potter, has died at the age of 56.

The actor and father-of-three played an Ewok in ‘Return of the Jedi’, and a Goblin in the film adaptation of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.

Last Thursday, he collapsed outside King’s Cross station, with his death being confirmed on Monday.

The 56-year-old’s daughter, Sophie Jayne Grant, told Sky News: “I’m heartbroken… No girl deserves their dad to be taken away… He was so well known and loved [for his work]. He’s gone to soon.”

He was pronounced dead at 3.49am this morning, but had been declared brain dead before that following his collapse.

His girlfriend, Maria Dwyer, said he was the love of her life (Facebook)

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 2.08pm on Thursday 16 March to reports of an incident at St Pancras Station, Euston Road.

“We sent an ambulance crew and a medic in a response car. We treated a man at the scene and took him to hospital as a priority.”

Paul shared three children; Sophie, Nicole and Robbie, with his ex-wife Janet Crowson.

Paul’s daughter Sophie Grant, 28, told the Sun that his death had left her “devastated.”

Discussing her late father, she said: “He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone’s face. He loved his daughters and son and his girlfriend Maria very much.”

His girlfriend, Maria Dwyer, 64, hailed him “the love of my life” and “the funniest man I know.”

She told the outlet: “He made my life complete. Life is never going to be the same without him.”

A family friend also told the outlet that Grant – who was 4ft 4in – called himself the ‘King of the Dwarfs’.

“He’s always battled with drugs and alcohol addiction but he was a talented actor,” they shared.

Grant’s other acting credits include 1998’s Willow with Val Kilmer and 1985 Tom Cruise movie Legend.

He also starred in Labyrinth in 1986, alongside David Bowie.

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