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Binde Johal

Binde Johal

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Christmas is a special time of the year for families - and Binde Johal has good reason to look forward to this year’s festivities.

Christmas is a special time of the year for families - and Binde Johal has good reason to look forward to this year’s festivities.

He’s playing the role of Grouchy, one of the seven dwarfs, in the panto Snow White at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre just five miles away from his family home.

The dad-of-two said: “It will be nice to do the Christmas lights with the kids, come home every day and be in my own bed.....I am not good at staying away from home.”

Home is Selston where Binde lives with his wife Amy, son Jeevan, 8, and daughter Samran, 6. “The kids are really happy that I’m in panto and are looking forward to seeing their dad in the show,” he said.

Binde, who is 4ft 1in tall, has played a dwarf in pantos for nine years, performing throughout the country, including Nottingham and Swansea.

This time last year he was in Blackpool among a pack of dwarves which included Jamie John, one of the stars of the telly documentary series Seven Dwarfs. He has also worked with Seven Dwarfs’ star Max Laird in Manchester in 2003, which was Binde’s first panto.

Most famous for his performance in two Harry Potter movies, Binde said: “I was the Tall Goblin in the Deathly Hallows: Part Two and my body was also superimposed onto the head of Kreacher.”

His last appearance on screen was a year ago when he was in the TV series Life’s Too Short with Ricky Gervase in which his character was tasked with acting out the infamous scene from the movie Brokeback Mountain.

Screen work has been harder to find in 2012. Binde said: “It has been a very quiet year - it has been rubbish. People have not been making films involving small people.”

He’s hoping for a reversal of fortunes in 2013 when he launches a promotional website focusing on entertainment and film. Later in the year he will be starting a course in performance arts at West Notts College.

Meanwhile, Binde’s message for readers this Christmas is: “I wish people to be healthy - with health you can do anything”