Deep Roy made his professional screen acting debut in a 1976 episode of The New Avengers entitled “Target!” as character named Klokoe. He would later make his film debut that same year, in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, as the Italian Assassin. Another early role was as Mr. Sin, the “pig-brained Peking Homonculus”, a villain with a distinct appetite for homicide, in the Doctor Who serial “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”. In 1979, Roy also played a genetically engineered life form Decima in the 1st season Blake’s 7 episode “The Web” as well as the diminutive chess genius, The Klute, in the 2nd season Blake’s 7 episode “Gambit”.
He has played apes in two movies: Greystoke – The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes as a young gorilla boy, and again in the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes (2001) as Thade’s niece. He has worked for Burton in three other films, Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride (also 2005) where he supplied General Bonesapart’s voice. He played all the Oompa-Loompas (165 of them) in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Deep had extensive training for the role in dance, yoga, and even some minor instrument playing.
He has done many other roles in movies and on television, including The X-Files, Flash Gordon, Return to Oz (as the Tin Woodsman), Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal as a puppeteer extra, The NeverEnding Story as Teeny Weeny, the rider of the “racing snail”, Alien from L.A., Howling VI: The Freaks as Mr Toones, The Haunted Mansion, and Return of the Jedi as Droopy McCool.
He appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) as an Egyptian guard and in the film Star Trek (also 2009) as Keenser, Montgomery Scott’s assistant on the ice planet Delta Vega. Roy played a green man while doing a commercial shoot for Ozocleanse. In one of his more prominent speaking roles, Roy played Aaron, a violent Mumbai-born Mexican criminal, in second season of the HBO comedy, Eastbound & Down. Deep starred as Sandeep Majumdar in the 2012 short film “The Ballad of Sandeep”.
Most recently, Roy reprised his role as Keenser in Star Trek: Into Darkness.