Warwick Davis apologises for causing concern after social media post

By John Mercury April 22, 2024

Warwick Davis’ children have reassured fans after they raised concerns about a post on his social media days after the news of the death of his wife.

The 54-year-old Harry Potter star announced last week that his wife of 35 years, Samantha Davis, had died.

Warwick and Samantha Davis pictured at the 2015 National Television Awards. Pic: PA
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Warwick and Samantha Davis pictured at the 2015 National Television Awards. Pic: PA

The actor caused concern among fans after a late-night social media post on Sunday in which he told his 662,000 Twitter followers: “I’m done here, Sgning off [sic],” followed by a broken heart emoji.

The couple’s two children – Annabelle and Harrison – updated their father’s post an hour later.

They wrote: “Thank you everyone for looking out for our Dad, he is taking some time away from social media. He apologises if his last message caused anyone concern. We appreciate all of your love and support, Annabelle and Harrison x”.

Samantha Davis, who was also an actress, co-founded the dwarfism charity Little People UK and featured in the final Harry Potter film, alongside he husband.

Davis announced news of her death last week, revealing she had died on 24 March in a statement to the BBC.

“Her passing has left a huge hole in our lives as a family. I miss her hugs,” he said.

“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.”

He added that she was his “most trusted confidant and an ardent supporter of everything I did in my career”.

(L-R) Harrison Davis, Warwick Davis, Samantha Davis and Annabelle Davis at the screening of Disney+ series Willow in 2022. Pic: PA
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(L-R) Harrison Davis, Warwick Davis, Samantha Davis and Annabelle Davis at the screening of Disney+ series Willow in 2022. Pic: PA

The couple met on the set of George Lucas’s film Willow and married three years later in 1991.

Their two children together, Annabelle and Harrison, also paid tribute to their mother, saying: “Her love and happiness carried us through our whole lives.

“Mum is our best friend and we’re honoured to have received a love like hers.”

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Samantha’s agency, Little People, also shared a statement, calling her passion for supporting members of the community “unmatched,” and pledging to “continue her legacy for a long time to come”.

They added: “Not only was Sammy a passionate advocate for the community, she was a friend to many, with a listening ear at any time and an endless positive spirit, we know this is going to be a huge loss to everyone and we want you to know we will be here to support.”

Davis’ last post on Instagram, shared last October, was a picture of the couple smiling ahead of a night out, with the jokey message: “A long overdue date night with my beautiful wife. She felt a bit overdressed for McDonald’s!”

The actor starred as the titular hero Willow Ufgood in the 1988 original film Willow and reprised the role for the 2022 sequel.

He played three different roles across all eight of the Harry Potter films – a Gringotts bank employee, Professor Filius Flitwick, the charms teacher, and Griphook, a Gringotts goblin.

Davis also played several characters in the Star Wars film series.

Samantha played a goblin in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and had an uncredited role in Willow, through which she first met Warwick.

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