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Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid was born on August 11, 1944 in Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland. He studied for a Master's degree 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 ... See full bio »
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 2014 Utopia (TV Series)
- Episode #2.6 (2014) ... Anton
- Episode #2.5 (2014) ... Anton
- Episode #2.4 (2014) ... Anton
- Episode #2.3 (2014) ... Anton
- Episode #2.2 (2014) ... Anton
 2014 37 Days (TV Mini-Series)
Edward Grey
 2009 Margaret (TV Movie)
Denis Thatcher
 2005 Elizabeth I (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Burghley
 2005 Our Hidden Lives (TV Movie)
B. Charles
 2004 MI-5 (TV Series)
Prof. Fred Roberts
- Episode #3.2 (2004) ... Prof. Fred Roberts (uncredited)
 2003 The Last King (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Edward Hyde
 2002 Crime and Punishment (TV Movie)
 1999 All the King's Men (TV Movie)
Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards
 1999 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
 1997 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (TV Series)
Ronald Callender
- Sacrifice (1997) ... Ronald Callender
 1997 Touching Evil (TV Series)
Ronald Hinks
- Through the Clouds: Part 2 (1997) ... Ronald Hinks
- Through the Clouds: Part 1 (1997) ... Ronald Hinks
 1997 Rebecca (TV Mini-Series)
 1996 Hillsborough (TV Movie)
Doctor Popper, Coroner
 1996 Cold Lazarus (TV Mini-Series)
Oliver Morse
- Episode #1.3 (1996) ... Oliver Morse
 1996 Karaoke (TV Mini-Series)
Oliver Morse
- Thursday (1996) ... Oliver Morse
- Wednesday (1996) ... Oliver Morse
- Tuesday (1996) ... Oliver Morse
 1995 Annie: A Royal Adventure! (TV Movie)
Dr. Eli Eon
 1993 Selected Exits (TV Movie)
George Devine
 1993 Heart of Darkness (TV Movie)
 1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
Prof. Levi
- Paris, October 1916 (1993) ... Prof. Levi
 1991 Chernobyl: The Final Warning (TV Movie)
Dr. Vatisenko
 1985 Summer Season (TV Series)
- Pity in History (1985) ... Murgatroyd
 1983 The Nation's Health (TV Series)
Doctor Vernon Davis
- Collapse (1983) ... Doctor Vernon Davis
- Chronic (1983) ... Doctor Vernon Davis
- Decline (1983) ... Doctor Vernon Davis
- Acute (1983) ... Doctor Vernon Davis
 1981 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
- Last Night Another Dissident... (1981) ... Fedka
 1976 Red Letter Day (TV Series)
- Amazing Stories (1976) ... Blade
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He acted in Bertolt Brecht's play, "The Days of the Commune," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Ian McKellen, Greg Hicks, Alfred Molina, Bob Peck, Nickolas Grace, Mike Gwilym, Cherie Lunghi, Paola Dionisotti, and Ruby Wax in the cast. Howard Davies was director. See more »

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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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That's a pattern I'm very happy with. I mean I take theater seriously and I am primarily a stage actor and every now and again a movie comes along and I'm happy to do it if the part's good. See more »


Was very good friends with fellow Star Wars cast member Sebastian Shaw. See more »


Often uses a soft-spoken, accented voice See more »

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