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Our friends over at the excellent Binary Sunset were fortunate enough to catch up with Sio Bibble himself, actor Oliver Ford Davies recently to discuss his role in the prequel trilogy, which of course kicked off 20 years ago with The Phantom Menace.

How did you get mixed up in Star Wars?

“Well I’ll tell you how I did, I was at Stratford working with the R.S.C. and my daughter was seven. I used to take her to the cinema, and the only thing showing was the Return of the Jedi, and I think we saw it three times.” Then I was doing a play in London with Ian McDiarmid and the casting director Robin (Gurland) came to see it and thought, he might do. So I went to see George and I proved to know a great deal about Return of the Jedi, and Jabba the Hutt, and all that. He was so amazed that this aging British character actor knew about Jabba the Hutt that he gave me the part of Sio Bibble

You have appeared in all three prequels.

I did. The part got smaller and smaller, and I wasn’t going to be in the last one but George suddenly thought it would be nice to have him at the funeral. So they popped my head into the funeral, and I’m there for about four and a half seconds.