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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:
Movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 2019-12-18
Known For
Poster of Britannia
Poster of The Lost City of Z
Poster of Charles II: The Power and The Passion
Poster of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
Movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Emperor Palpatine 2019-12-18
Series Britannia King Pellenor 2018-01-18
Movie The Lost City of Z Sir George Goldie 2016-10-15
Movie Star Wars: Greatest Moments Himself 2015-12-26
Series 37 Days Sir Edward Grey 2014-03-06
Movie The Odds 2009-10-20
Movie Star Wars: A Musical Journey Host 2005-05-03
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 (archive footage) 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 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 1999-04-12
Movie All the King's Men Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards 1999-11-14
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception Prof. Levi 1999-10-31
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 Heart of Darkness Doctor 1993-10-01
Movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Arthur 1988-12-14
Movie Gorky Park Prof. Andreev 1983-12-15
Movie Dragonslayer Brother Jacopus 1981-06-26
Movie The Empire Strikes Back The Emperor 1980-05-20
Movie Richard's Things Burglar 1980-12-26
Movie Sir Henry at Rawlinson End Reg Smeeton 1980-11-07
Movie The Likely Lads Vicar 1976-02-01
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