Warwick Davis: Bob Monkhouse was a genius

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 September 2014
Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis has praised the late Bob Monkhouse for his work on 'Celebrity Squares', confessing he's nervous about taking over the role of a "genius"

Warwick Davis has praised the late Bob Monkhouse for being a "genius".

The 44-year-old star - who is to follow in Bob's footsteps by taking over as host of game show 'Celebrity Squares' when it re-launches on ITV - has confessed he knows he has big shoes to fill.

Speaking about how he's been watching old episodes of the show - which Bob presented from 1975 to 1979 and again from 1993 to 1997 - he told The Sun newspaper: "He was a genius in his quips and one-liners.

"He had a brilliant mind for retaining jokes which I don't have but I just tend to come up with stuff of the fly.

"Bob had a very laid-back presenting style whereas my style is a bit more in-your-face. I am a bit more cheeky than he might have been."

The 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' actor - who was born with a rare form of dwarfism known as SED - is also happy to be diversifying TV by becoming the first person of restricted growth to front a prime-time show.

He said: "I am in a really privileged position. It is a bold step for ITV and I really admire them for that but at the same time it's a great thing.

"People like myself who are short, we are no different to anyone else ... The more people understand that, the better the world will be."

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