In 1982 Hugh Spight spent six weeks at Elstree Studios filming in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. But he believes his chance at fame was shot down when his name was misspelled during the credits, renaming him Hugh Spirit.
Spight played several small background roles in the film—a pig-like Gamorian guard, a Mon Calamari fish creature and an Elom monster. Originally trained in ballet dancing, Spight made it on to the Star Wars set after he was spotted next door on the set of Muppet-creator Jim Henson’s movie The Dark Crystal.
Mr Spight’s biggest role is as the Gamorrian guard who escorts Han Solo into captivity.
He said: “We were on Jabba the Hutt’s barge and in those scenes I was the one who had my hand on the shoulder of Harrison Ford. “We had to take him down to the dungeon.”
Spight also portrayed several roles in Classic Doctor Who, including the iconic black Dalek in the Seventh Doctor story “Remembrance of the Daleks” with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred.