Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 45

Birthday 1944-08-11

Place of Birth Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Britannia(9 episodes) as King Pellenor
2017 The Lost City of Z as Sir George Goldie
2015 Star Wars: Greatest Moments as Himself
2015 Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel as Himself
2014 Star Wars Rebels(1 episode) as Emperor Palpatine
2014 37 Days(3 episodes) as Sir Edward Grey
2013 Utopia(5 episodes) as Anton
2009 The Odds
2009 Margaret as Denis Thatcher
2009 Margaret(1 episode) as Denis Tatcher
2008 City of Vice(5 episodes) as Henry Fielding
2005 Our Hidden Lives as B. Charles
2005 Elizabeth I(2 episodes) as Lord Burghley
2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith as Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious
2005 Star Wars: A Musical Journey as Host
2004 The Story of Star Wars as Palpatine/The Emperor
2003 Charles II: The Power and The Passion(3 episodes) as Sir Edward Hyde
2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones as Chancellor Palpatine
2002 Spooks(1 episode)
2002 Crime and Punishment as Porfiry
2001 The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' as Himself
1999 Sleepy Hollow as Dr. Lancaster
1999 All the King's Men as Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards
1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception as Prof. Levi
1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace as Senator Palpatine
1999 Great Expectations as Jaggers
1996 Hillsborough as Doctor Popper, Coroner
1996 Karaoke(4 episodes)
1995 Restoration as Ambrose
1995 Annie: A Royal Adventure as Dr. Eli Eon
1991 Chernobyl: The Final Warning as Dr. Vatisenko
1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as Arthur
1987 Inspector Morse(1 episode)
1983 Gorky Park as Professor Andreev
1983 The Nation's Health
1983 Return of the Jedi: 4K83 as The Emperor
1983 Return of the Jedi as The Emperor
1981 Dragonslayer as Brother Jacopus
1980 Richard's Things
1980 Sir Henry at Rawlinson End as Reg Smeeton
1980 The Awakening as Dr. Richter
1980 The Empire Strikes Back as Emperor
1979 A Performance of Macbeth as The Porter / Ross
1976 The Likely Lads
1976 Amazing Stories as Blade

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