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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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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
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 2017 Britannia (TV Series) (filming)
King Pellenor
 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 The Odds (Short)
 2009 Margaret (TV Movie)
Denis Thatcher
 2005 Elizabeth I (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Burghley
 2005 Our Hidden Lives (TV Movie)
B. Charles
 2005 Star Wars: A Musical Journey (Video)
 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)
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Coroner
 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 Restoration
 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
 1981 Dragonslayer
Brother Jacopus
 1980 Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
Reg Smeeton
 1980 Richard's Things
 1980 The Awakening
Dr. Richter
 1976 The Likely Lads
 1976 Red Letter Day (TV Series)
- Amazing Stories (1976) ... Blade
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant of Venice," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Frances Tomelty, Christopher Ravenscroft, Adam Bareham, Amanda Root, Sebastian Shaw, and Josette Simon in the cast. John Caird was director. See more »

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I don't do the signings and public appearances. A lot of people do and make a lot of money out of them - and good luck to them. I'm not ruling it out forever, though. One day I may be really poor. See more »


Is the first actor in the Star Wars films to both physically play a Sith Lord, and provide the voice. See more »


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

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