Verne Troyer, the Mini-Me actor from the Austin Powers series of films, has died at the age of 49.
Troyer who was just 2ft 8in tall as a result of cartilage-hair hypoplasia was born to average-sized parents in Michigan in 1969. He achieved his break in the entertainment industry as a stand-in for the 1994 film Baby's Day Out, which led to roles in Dunston Checks In, Men in Black, and Jingle All The Way before finding pop cultural fame as Dr Evil's miniature clone sidekick in Mike Myers' Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember and as Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Other films include Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and Mike Myers' The Love Guru. Troyer also worked extensively in the UK with the films Keith Lemon: The Film and Convenience, and the reality TV programmes Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Wife Swap.