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All about Kiran Shah, the World’s Shortest Stuntman

Kiran Shah is a renowned Britain-based actor. He was born on September 28, 1956, in Nairobi, Kenya where he grew up before relocating to India with his parents.

He has appeared in multiple films, often engaging in characters that need unique creature performances, stunts, or physical attributes.

He is also a talented stunt double who has graced many stages for amazing performances.

Kiran Shah was born with acromicric dysplasia, which contributed to his dwarfism.

Most people confuse Kiran Shah with Deep Roy who is also a Kenyan-born actor of Asian-Indian descent.

His physical appearance made him appear in different films bringing different characters to life.

He was allowed to take on different roles as unique creatures, dwarves, and others.

His unique physical skills and willingness to take on challenging roles are what made him one of the valuable assets in the film world.

Here is more you need to know about Kiran Shah, including personal life, education, career, and family.

Kiran Shah’s Profile Summary

  • Full name: Kiran Shah
  • Nick Name: Kiran
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Year of birth: September 28, 1956
  • Age: 66 years (as of 2023)
  • Nationality: Indian, Kenyan
  • Current residence: Argyle House, Joel Street, Northwood, England.
  • Ethnicity: Asian with Indian descent
  • Religion: Jainism
  • Sexuality: Straight
  • Height: 4 feet 2 inches (1.27 m)
  • Profession: Actor, Stuntman
  • Net worth: Approximately $5 million
  • Weight: 77 kg (155 lbs.)
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown

Early life of Kiran Shah

Kiran Shah was born and raised in Kenya. He lived in Nairobi and other towns in Kenya like Kiambu until his family relocated to India when he was 12 years old.

Kiran became interested in venturing into films after relocating to India.

Since his father was sick, he was forced to relocate to Crawley, West Essex in England for treatment.

While in England he opted to try different show businesses after his father recuperated.

Despite a lack of formal training in acting, he possessed a powerful innate ability that helped him bring different traits to life.

Kiran Shah’s dedication and charisma to the craft were the guiding force that helped him maneuver in the world of film and entertainment.

Educational Background

In England, Kiran Shah was enrolled in school but maintained a strong desire to pursue a career in the film industry.

While in school, his attention was drawn to the Red Budha theatre company that was recruiting people for on- and off-stage performances.

He passed the audition and was offered a spot as a main character.

He went on a tour in Italy for three months with the theatre company and later went back to school and joined the mime and mask classes.

Kiran Shah joined experimental theatre after completing secondary education to learn more about mime and masks.

After completing his course, he decided to work at the experimental theatre for four years before trying his luck in the film industry.

The Family Life of Kiran Shah

Kiran Shah maintains a private life and little is known about his family or marital status.

However, according to various sources, he is currently single and chooses to focus more on his role as an actor.

He also states that his determination, resilience, and adaptability to various life situations have always been his driving forces since childhood.

Professional Career

Kiran Shah’s acting career started in the late 1970s when he first appeared in a film.

Kiran appeared in Norman Tokar’s film Candleshoe (his first movie) in the year 1977. 

He also played a key role in Kevin Connor’s film The People That Time Forgot in 1977.

Ever since he has showcased his talent in 31 films. He has also performed as a stuntman in 37 films.

He has appeared in numerous recognized films including:

  • Superman (1978)
  • Superman II (1980)
  • Raiders of The Lost Ark (1982)
  • The Dark Crystal (1982)
  • Return of The Jedi (1983)
  • The Legend (1985)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • The Sign of Four (1987)
  • Bullseye (1990)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1999)
  • The Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter (2000).

Kiran Shah has also performed in different films and series as a stuntman, including The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.

Being the only scale-double stuntman in these films, he was able to double for different hobbits.

Kiran doubled in different Hobbit series including:

  • Bilbo Baggins in An Expected Journey
  • The Fellowship of The Ring (2001)
  • The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • The Battle of The Five Armies (2014).

Kiran Shah also appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 as Teedo.

His magnificent talent and ability to blend into the world of filmmaking earned him admiration and immense recognition from different audiences.

Kiran Shah has also collaborated with renowned directors like Peter Jackson, Jim Henson, and others.

His contribution to the film industry as an actor and stuntman has been well-recognized.

For instance, in 2010, he was recognized as the shortest wing walker by being fastened to the wing of a 1940s Boeing Spearman biplane, soaring 300 meters above ground at a speed of 120 miles per hour.

He also holds a distinct accolade in the Guinness World Records as the world’s shortest stuntman, further cementing his fame.


Kiran Shah is also known for his magnificent talent in poetry.

Besides acting, he is a polished poet. He has educating and entertaining poems that have been published in different nations, including the United States and Great Britain.

He is particularly known for Small Voice Large Thoughts, which was published in 1996 by The Spotlight Poets.

His poetic works are based on feelings, experiences, and personal thoughts.


Kiran’s philanthropic efforts are particularly attuned to the struggles faced by individuals of shorter stature.

His compassionate involvement extends to those who experience dwarfism, a cause he holds dear.

 Notably, Kiran’s commitment led him back to Nairobi (after four decades), where he played a pivotal role in establishing and promoting The Association of People with Dwarfism.

This heartfelt dedication showcases his solid support for a community that often goes unnoticed, reaffirming his role as a true philanthropist.

He also the spokesperson for The Disability Network, a Canadian organization dedicated to raising awareness about specific disabilities within communities.

The network offers support, information, and online resources for individuals with disabilities.

Kiran frequently discusses dwarfism on this platform, contributing to the channel’s mission to educate and empower people facing such challenges.

Kiran Shah’s Net Worth

It is estimated that Kiran Shah’s net worth is approximately $5 Million.

The estimation of Kiran Shah’s net worth is based on different sources like salary, lifestyle, assets, income, money, and other essential details.

His income stems largely from his roles as an accomplished stage actor and skilled stuntman.

Wrap Up

Kiran Shah is an actor with a great personality that has positively impacted the movie world.

 His amazing works from 1977 to date speaks volume to the extent he can go to provide the best for his targeted audience.

 Kiran’s ability to pick out different traits is inspirational to young people who desire to venture into the world of film.

Kenyalogue Contributor


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