Peter Burroughs

Born: January 27, 1947

Occupation: Actor

Challenges overcome: Dwarfism

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Peter Burroughs is an actor and director of specialised acting agency Willow Management. Born in Peterborough in 1947, Peter Burroughs began his acting career in London in 1964 after initially working in his father’s shop. Starting out with roles in pantomimes and ice shows, Peter thought he’d done all he could do in the entertainment industry, feeling limited due to his disability.

He soon went on to featuring in many television shows, such as King Arthur, as well as a number of feature films like George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode VI, Willow and Labyrinth. He met his now son-in-law, Warwick Davies, on the set of Willow in 1987.Warwick Davies and Peter Burroughs both shared dissatisfaction with how short actors were portrayed and represented on screen and so Willow Management was born in 1995. The agency only represents short actors to raise awareness and make it more common to see short people on screen, such as on Eastenders and Coronation Street.

Challenges Overcome

Peter has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, but has not let it stop him achieving his goals.

“After turning 50, my spinal stinosis got considerably worse, forcing me to use a wheelchair and sticks all the time. Because I have achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, too, being in a chair makes it frustratingly difficult for me to reach things. But I don’t let it stop me working.”

Disability Definitions


Dwarfism occurs when an individual person is short in stature resulting from a medical condition caused by abnormal (slow or delayed) growth. In humans, dwarfism is sometimes defined as an adult height of less than 4 feet 10 inches. Dwarfism can be caused by about 200 distinct medical conditions, such that the symptoms and characteristics of individuals with dwarfism vary greatly.

There are several different kinds of dwarfism, such as: achondroplasia, diastrophic dysplasia, spondylo-epiphyseal dysplasia (SED), pseudoachondroplasia, hypochondroplasia, and osterogenesis imperfecta (OI).



Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism, occurring once every 14,000 births. The symptoms of Achondroplasia include a large head; shorter arms and legs, especially upper arms and thighs; prominent forehead; protruding jaw; crowded and misaligned teeth; forward curvature of lower spine (creates swayback look); bowed legs; flat, short, and broad feet; and loose ligaments creating “double jointedness”

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