He worked with David Alan Barclay and Mike Edmonds on Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi, was part of Barclay's puppet team for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and assisted with Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.
Philpott has been active in helping to create and run schools for the circus arts and performed with the NoFit State Circus troupe for several years. From 1982-1983, he also served as European director for the International Jugglers' Association.
He currently works for his local library in Cardiff, Wales providing computer and Internet support. He has appeared at a few Star Wars fan conventions like Celebration 3 in Indianapolis, and some local events. He has a son, Keili, and a daughter, Yo - and now a grand-daughter Matilda.
- The Dark Crystal: urTih (the Alchemist), Garthim, Podling Foot Juggler, Crawlie, Jim Henson's Right Hand (for Skeksis Ritual-Master etc.), others
- Labyrinth: Fiery 1 (assistant), Goblin, Helping Hands, The Junk Lady (eyes only), Background character in Goblin City