Who Played C-3PO?


C-3PO is one of the most recognisable characters in the Star Wars franchise, and his presence in the series is inseparable from the man who played him. In this article, we will explore the life and career of the actor who brought the beloved droid to life: Anthony Daniels.

Anthony DanielsStar Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), Revenge of the Sith (2005), The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Jimmy VeeThe Last Jedi (2017), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Early Life and Career

Anthony Daniels was born on February 21, 1946, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He attended Giggleswick School and later studied law at the University of Manchester, but soon realized that his true passion was acting.

Daniels began his acting career in the early 1970s, working in theatre productions before transitioning to television and film. He had small roles in several British television shows and films, including “Z Cars” and “Dixon of Dock Green.”

Playing C-3PO

Daniels’ big break came in 1976 when he was cast as the protocol droid C-3PO in the first Star Wars film. He auditioned for the role after meeting director George Lucas at a party, and he was chosen for the part based on his movement and mime skills.

Daniels’ portrayal of C-3PO was iconic, and he continued to play the character throughout the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. He even made a brief appearance in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Other Roles and Projects

Despite being best known for his role as C-3PO, Daniels has had a long and varied acting career. He has appeared in several films, including The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The LEGO Movie. He has also provided the voice for other animated characters, including Legolas in the animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

In addition to his acting work, Daniels has also written several books about his experiences on the Star Wars films, including I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story.

Legacy and Recognition

Anthony Daniels’ portrayal of C-3PO has become one of the most beloved and iconic characters in the Star Wars franchise. His performance has earned him a dedicated fanbase, and he is widely recognized as one of the most important contributors to the success of the series.

In recognition of his contributions to the Star Wars franchise, Daniels was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Bolton in 2017. He was also made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2004 for his services to drama.


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