In Lord Of The Rings, Kiran doubled as – and did stunts for – all four of the main hobbits at one time or another. He worked most closely with Elijah Wood, doubling for Frodo.
Kiran, born in Nairobi in 1956, broke into show business in the 1970s and has been working ever since. His first film in 1976 was Candleshoe standing-in for a girl called Sara Tamakuni. On location, stunt coordinator Bob Anderson, asked Kiran to do stunts for Sara.
On the same film while being at Pinewood Studios Kiran was spotted by a producer John Dark who asked him to audition for a film The People That Time Forgot for a small part. Since appearing in this film playing Bolum, Kiran has appeared in various films, television productions, commercials and videos.
Just a few of his notable credits include: Titanic, Interview with the Vampire, Braveheart, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Legend, The Indiana Jones Trilogy, Aliens I and II, Return of the Jedi, The Dark Crystal and Superman I and II.
He will also appear as the White Witch’s evil offsider, Ginarrbrik, in the adaptation of CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe later this year.
Kiran also writes poetry, his work has been published in Britain and America. His poems are based on his thoughts and feelings about the places he has been and the experiences he has had. He has written film scripts and currently is working with his nephew Chaitan on a script. He hopes one day these scripts will be produced.
Kiran will be answering questions about his work in Lord of the Rings as well as his other films. He may – non-disclosure agreements permitting – even answer some questions about Narnia.
All are welcome to join us.
This will be a moderated question and answer session, and HoF staff are now accepting questions. So if you have a question, and you don’t think you can make it on the day, feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com.
What: Kiran Shah moderated Q&A
Date: Saturday June 18, 5.30pm EDT (US East Coast)
Place: #thehalloffire on the TORn IRC server
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