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Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid was born in Tayside, Scotland, in 1944. He studied for an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at The University of St Andrews, but eventually found that his calling was in theatre. He went to the Royal Academy in Glasgow, where he received the prestigious gold medal for his work. He now has a highly successful career as a theatre director, and from 1990 until his retirement in 2001 was Joint Artistic Director of London's Almeida Theatre in Islington. He and his co-director Jonathan Kent revived the Almeida and persuaded many Hollywood stars including Kevin Spacey, Ralph Fiennes and Anna Friel to tread the boards in their humble theatre. They won the coveted London Evening Standard Award in 1998 for their efforts. McDiarmid is also well known for his film and television appearances, and is perhaps most famous for his chilling performance as The Emperor in George Lucas's Star Wars films.

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Aug 11, 1944 In Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Quick-draw Okatsu 1969-04-10
Latest Project:
Movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 2019-12-18
Known For
Poster of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Poster of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Poster of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Poster of Return of the Jedi
Movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Darth Sidious / Palpatine 2019-12-18
Movie The Lost City of Z Sir George Goldie 2017-03-15
Movie Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel Himself 2015-12-15
Movie Star Wars: Greatest Moments Himself 2015-12-26
Series Utopia Anton 2013-01-15
Movie Margaret Denis Thatcher 2009-03-26
Movie The Odds 2009-10-20
Movie Traitor Lord Burghley 2008-08-23
Series City of Vice Henry Fielding 2008-01-14
Movie Star Wars: A Musical Journey Host 2005-05-03
Movie Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious 2005-05-17
Series Elizabeth I Lord Burghley 2005-09-29
Movie Our Hidden Lives B. Charles 2005-10-03
Movie The Story of Star Wars Palpatine/The Emperor 2004-08-18
Series Charles II: The Power and The Passion Unknown 2003-11-16
Movie Crime and Punishment Porfiry 2002-02-12
Series Spooks Unknown 2002-05-13
Movie Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Chancellor Palpatine 2002-05-15
Movie The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' Himself 2001-02-01
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception Prof. Levi 1999-10-31
Movie Great Expectations Jaggers 1999-05-09
Movie Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Senator Palpatine 1999-05-19
Movie All the King's Men Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards 1999-11-14
Movie Sleepy Hollow Dr. Lancaster 1999-11-18
Series Karaoke 1996-04-28
Movie Hillsborough Doctor Popper, Coroner 1996-09-11
Movie Annie: A Royal Adventure Dr. Eli Eon 1995-11-18
Movie Restoration Ambrose 1995-12-29
Movie Chernobyl: The Final Warning Dr. Vatisenko 1991-04-22
Movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Arthur 1988-12-14
Series Inspector Morse Unknown 1987-01-06
Movie Blame It on Rio Henry Fielding 1984-02-17
Movie Return of the Jedi The Emperor 1983-05-23
Movie The Nation's Health 1983-10-27
Movie Gorky Park Prof. Andreev 1983-12-15
Movie Dragonslayer Brother Jacopus 1981-06-26
Movie The Awakening Dr. Richter 1980-07-31
Movie The Empire Strikes Back Emperor (Special Edition) 1980-05-20
Movie Richard's Things Burglar 1980-12-26
Movie Sir Henry at Rawlinson End Reg Smeeton 1980-11-07
Movie Scoring King Pellenor 1979-01-25
Movie A Performance of Macbeth The Porter / Ross 1979-02-02
Movie Amazing Stories Blade 1976-02-01
Movie The Likely Lads 1976-02-01
Movie Quick-draw Okatsu Sir Edward Grey 1969-04-10