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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 The Likely Lads 1976-02-01
Latest Project:
Series Britannia 2018-01-18
Known For
Poster of Margaret
Poster of Star Wars: A Musical Journey
Poster of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Poster of All the King's Men
Series Britannia King Pellenor 2018-01-18
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 37 Days Sir Edward Grey 2014-03-06
Movie Margaret Denis Thatcher 2009-03-26
Movie The Odds 2009-10-20
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
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 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Senator Palpatine 1999-05-19
Movie Great Expectations Jaggers 1999-05-09
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 Return of the Jedi The Emperor 1983-05-23
Movie Gorky Park Professor Andreev 1983-12-15
Movie The Nation's Health 1983-10-27
Movie Dragonslayer Brother Jacopus 1981-06-26
Movie The Awakening Dr. Richter 1980-07-31
Movie The Empire Strikes Back Emperor 1980-05-20
Movie Sir Henry at Rawlinson End Reg Smeeton 1980-11-07
Movie Richard's Things 1980-12-26
Movie A Performance of Macbeth The Porter / Ross 1979-02-02
Movie The Likely Lads 1976-02-01