May the fourth be with you: A look back at the life of Preston's own R2-D2 Kenny Baker on Star Wars Day

May 4 has become synonymous with Star Wars Day, and to celebrate we thought we'd take a look back at our very own Kenny Baker.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 2:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 2:30 pm
R2D2 actor Kenny Baker poses at his home in Preston with a light sabre for the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope

Kenny, formerly of Ashton, Preston famously appeared in films like The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Willow, Flash Gordon, Amadeus and Labyrinth, but it was his role as R2-D2 in Star Wars that made him a household name.

Going into orbit is R2D2, alias Kenny Baker, on the bouncy castle with young fans of Star Wars after he opened a fun day at Wigan Rugby Union Club in aid of the NSPCC on Saturday 20th of May 1989
Star Wars legends Jeremy Bullock, left, who played bounty hunter Boba Fett, and Kenny Baker who played robot R2D2 meet old adversary Darth Vader at the opening of a new sci-fi shop, Yesterday's Yubnub, owned by Ian Clarke in Fleet Street, Pemberton, on Saturday 20th of March 2004

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Kenny Baker at the UK premiere of Star Wars in Manchester on January 27 1978
Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Mark Hamill at the UK premiere of Star Wars in Manchester on January 27 1978
Star Wars actor Kenny Baker with his Rolls Royce at the Rolls Royce and Bentley Motor Car Rally held on Lytham Green in 1999
Kenny on-set as R2-D2
Kenny with get-well soon cards from fans at his home in Preston
Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Mark Hamill at the UK premiere of Star Wars in Manchester on January 27 1978
Kenny Baker with R2-D2
Kenny Baker judging the Great architectural Bake Off at Frank Whittle Partnership, Preston
Actor Peter Mayhew (top), who played Chewbaca the Wookey in the first three films poses with Kenny Baker who plays R2D2 in both the older films as well as the new film "Episode 1 The Phantom Menace" as they arrive for the premier at London's Leicester square 14 July 1999
Fans of Star Wars trilogy movies ask to actors Kenneth Colley (L) alias Amiral Piettto, Kerny Baker (C) alias R2-D2 and Jeremy Bulloch alias Boba Fett to sign autographs on their DVD box during the first sale at a famous store on Les Champs Elysees in Paris, early 21 September 2004
Kenny Baker attends the opening of the European Premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in central London on December 16, 2015
George Lucas, Ewan Mcgregor, Kenny Baker, Ian Mcdiarmid, Rick McCallum, Peter Mayhew, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee and Anthony Daniels attends UK Premiere of "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith" at Odeon Leicester Square on May 16, 2005 in London
Star Wars actor Kenny Baker signs autographs during the opening day of "Star Wars Celebration IV" in Los Angeles 24 May 2007
Actor Peter Mayhew, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher (1956 - 2016), Kenny Baker (1934 - 2016), co-stars in the first Star Wars trilogy, UK, 20th May 1980
Kenny Baker and his wife Eileen Baker attend the royal premiere of 'The Empire Strikes Back' at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, UK, 20th May 1980
Kenny with Warwick Davis at the premiere of "Star Wars Special Edition" at the Odeon Leicester Square in March 1997
Kenny Baker attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London in 2015
Kenny signs autographs at the London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court, London in 2013
Kenny taking time off from filming Return of the Jedi at Elstree Studios, to collect his new Mercedes Benz estate car in 1982