John Rhys-Davies was stage-struck young and while at the University of East Anglia, he founded the University Dramatic Society and starred at the acclaimed Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and next worked repertory theatres throughout Britain and at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
His first film role was in Don Siegel's The Black Windmill, starring Michael Caine. He was blown up before the title sequence! Since then, John has been in over eighty films including "Victor/Victoria", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "The Living Daylights", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and most recently "Highbinders" with Jackie Chan and Claire Forlani. Perhaps his most famous role to-date however is Gimli the Dwarf in Peter Jackson's outstanding "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
For television, he has been equally successful, winning an Emmy nomination for his performance as Rodrigues in "Shogun". He also starred as Professor Arturo in "Sliders," and gave memorable performances in "I, Claudius" and "The Naked Civil Servant."