Star Wars' Warwick Davis pays a heartfelt tribute to 'enthralling' co-star ...

Warwick Davis has paid tribute to his Star Wars co-star Peter Mayhew, one day after the legendary actor passed away aged 74.

The two first met in 1983 on the set of Return Of The Jedi, where Warwick, 49, played Ewok Wicket W. Warrick opposite Peter's Chewbacca.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Friday's This Morning, Warwick described being 'enthralled' by the 7'3" actor as a child.

Tribute: Warwick Davis has paid tribute to his Star Wars co-star Peter Mayhew, one day after the legendary actor passed away aged 74

Tribute: Warwick Davis has paid tribute to his Star Wars co-star Peter Mayhew, one day after the legendary actor passed away aged 74

He said: 'I first met Peter when I was 11 and I was enthralled by Chewbacca. But I soon learned that Chewbacca was Peter. 

'He had a big heart and lovely humour, and he brought that through the yak hair that made Chewbacca's costume.'

The actor went on to praise his late co-star's talent, explaining it is difficult to 'convey such emotion' through a costume.

He said: 'Testament to him, it is hard to convey such emotion when you really don't have your facial features to work with but Peter managed to do that. 

Sad news: Peter, who was born in Richmond-on-Thames, London, died peacefully at his home in Texas on Tuesday surrounded by his family (pictured in May 2018)

Sad news: Peter, who was born in Richmond-on-Thames, London, died peacefully at his home in Texas on Tuesday surrounded by his family (pictured in May 2018)

'He had a big heart': Warwick, 49, discussed his experience with the actor with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Friday's This Morning

'He had a big heart': Warwick, 49, discussed his experience with the actor with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Friday's This Morning

'So we all felt empathy and emotion towards Chewbacca… he was always such a fan favourite, he'll be very sadly missed.'

Peter, who was born in Richmond-on-Thames, London, died peacefully at his home in Texas on Tuesday surrounded by his family. 

A spokesperson told ABC that he died of a heart attack, having suffered health complications for years due to his towering height.

Tributes for the actor, who played the beloved and furry sidekick to Han Solo and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, have since flooded in. 

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