Being manhandled by a burly wrestler left Return of the Jedi star Warwick Davis “shaken not stirred” when he visited Morecambe to film part of a new ITV travel show.
Warwick took on Morecambe wrestler Johnny Phere in head-to-head combat on Thursday as part of the quirky series.
He said: “Move over Daniel Craig. I’m in one piece and my no claims bonus is intact.”
Warwick and his family have been filmed travelling around the UK in their campervan and trying out unusual activities along the way.
In the Morecambe show Warwick pays a visit to the Regent Studios Stunt School in the West End of the town and ends up being thrown down a set of stairs by Phere. In true Bond hero style, Warwick said: “Now let’s get a Martini on Morecambe front!”
Warwick’s TV credits include his own series Life’s Too Short as well as the Ricky Gervais shows Extras and An Idiot Abroad. Martin Shenton, who owns and runs Regent Studios, said the production company had contacted him due to his background as a stuntman.
Crowds gathered outside Regent Studios to catch a glimpse of their idol. Warwick gave his time generously, making sure everyone had a chance to get his autograph and have a photograph taken with him. His wife Sam, daughter Annabelle, 16, and son Harrison, 10, were also extremely gracious.
Warwick said: “This is great. You don’t expect to find a stunt school in Morecambe. I went to a workshop for stage fighting when I was eight years old. Since then I have been working in films.”
He said he’s been to other seaside locations including Cornwall and Blackpool but he especially liked the traditional seaside atmosphere of Morecambe. After a final photoshoot at sunset near the Eric Morecambe statue, Warwick said he was off to get some chips. The show, provisionally titled ‘Home Grown Holidays’, is due to be screened on ITV in the spring.