Star Wars actors and fans pay tribute to R2D2 actor Kenny Baker who has died aged 81


The actor who played R2D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81, his agent said.

Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in, found fame in 1977 playing the robot in the first Star Wars film and reprised the role in subsequent films in the hit franchise. He also appeared in Flash Gordon, Time Bandits and Mona Lisa.

Baker's agent Johnny Mans said: "He will be sadly missed."

Kenny Baker, centre, poses for photographers upon arrival at the European premiere of the film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens '
(Joel Ryan/AP)

Mans said Baker had been ill for a couple of years, adding that he had been cared for by his nephew.

Ewan McGregor, who appeared in three Star Wars movies, led the tributes on Twitter, posting: "So sorry to hear about this. It was lovely working with Kenny."

Daniel Logan who played young Boba Fett in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones also tweeted.

As did his legion of fans.