The British Katy Kartwheel was able to turn her passion into her work. At an early age she started with gymnastics but at that time she also already had a love for arts and drama. These ingredients came together perfectly in the profession of circus artist. At the age of sixteen she left for London to persue her dream of becoming a circus performer. After several setbacks including being homeless for several months, she obtained a scholarship at a circus, which officially started her big adventure.
Katy is skilled in all kinds of disciplines, such as the trapeze and stilt walking. Her experience came in handy when she was hired by Neal Scanlan to work at the Star Wars Creature Department. In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” she portrayed the droid HURID-327, which can be seen walking away from Maz Kanata’s castle when Han Solo, Rey and Finn arrive.
She returned for “The Last Jedi” in which one of the roles she played was that of a Caretaker on Ahch-To. In “Solo: A Star Wars Story” she had a larger part playing the four armed Ardennian Rio Durant, the pilot of the crew led by Tobias Beckett, later joined by Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Katy Kartwheel will be answering questions of visitors and taking part in a signing session at Echo Base Con.