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Warwick Davis announces death of beloved wife

Warwick and Samantha Davis

Samantha Davis, wife of actor and TV personality Warwick Davis, has died at the age of 53.

Mr Davis announced the death of his wife yesterday, who passed away on March 24th, uploading the final photo taken of the couple enjoying a ‘long overdue date night’.

In a statement Warwick said: ‘Her passing has left a huge hole in our lives as a family. I miss her hugs.’

He went on to describe ‘Sammy’ as his ‘most trusted confidant and an ardent supporter of everything I did in my career’.

‘She was a unique character, always seeing the sunny side of life she had a wicked sense of humour and always laughed at my bad jokes.’

Paying tribute to their mum, Davis’ children Harrison and Annabelle, added: ‘Mum is our best friend and we’re honoured to have received a love like hers.’

Davis was the co-founder of Little People UK, a charity supporting people living with dwarfism, a condition which runs through the family.

The couple met on the set of Star Wars, where Warwick played Wicket the Ewok and Samantha was cast in an uncredited role.

They went on to launch Willow Management, a business co-founded by Warwick’s father Peter Burroughs, representing actors under five feet and over seven feet tall.

Mr Davis continued: ‘With her by my side, I was sure I could achieve anything, it was like having a super-power.

‘Without Sammy, there would have been no Tenable quiz show, no Willow series. No Idiot Abroad Series 3.’

He went on to reveal Samantha struggled with her mobility over the past few years, but she was ‘determined that it would not impact her quality of life.’

The couple’s first son Lloyd when he was just nine days old after inheriting spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED) from his father and achondroplasia from his mother.

Several years later Samantha suffered a miscarriage at 20 years, losing another baby they went on to call George.

Their surviving children both live with SED.

Speaking about his son’s death to People in 2022, Warwick said: ‘I think it brings you closer together, or something like that, but it’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone, it’s devastating.

‘You do learn to live with it, eventually, over time, you’re able to better understand why it happened and can come to terms with it a bit more, but you never get over it.

‘I think the losses shaped our family dynamic, we love Annabelle and Harrison all that more because they’re here with us.’

[ Samantha Davis almost died in 2019 when she was diagnosed with sepsis, her family gathered around her bedside to say their goodbyes. ]

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