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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
(2005)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
(2002)

Filmography

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 2016 The Lost City of Z
Sir George Goldie
 2014 Utopia (TV Series)
Anton
- 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)
Host
 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)
Porfiry
 1999 All the King's Men (TV Movie)
Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards
 1999 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
Jaggers
 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)
Coroner
- 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
Ambrose
 1995 Annie: A Royal Adventure! (TV Movie)
Dr. Eli Eon
 1993 Selected Exits (TV Movie)
George Devine
 1993 Heart of Darkness (TV Movie)
Doctor
 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)
Murgatroyd
- 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)
Fedka
- Last Night Another Dissident... (1981) ... Fedka
 1981 Dragonslayer
Brother Jacopus
 1980 Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
Reg Smeeton
 1980 Richard's Things
Burglar
 1980 The Awakening
Dr. Richter
 1976 The Likely Lads
Vicar
 1976 Red Letter Day (TV Series)
Blade
- Amazing Stories (1976) ... Blade
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Other Works:

Featured in an episode of the interview series "Hollywood Stars" about the movie Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Other actors also interviewed include: Natalie Portman; Samuel L. Jackson; Ewan McGregor; Hayden Christensen; George Lucas; Rick McCallum; Trisha Biggar; Bruce Spence and Jimmy Smits. See more »

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3 Interviews | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

His Star Wars character, Senator Palpatine, is believed to have been named after the character Senator Palantine, who appears in the film Taxi Driver (1976). In Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Palpatine conceals a lightsaber in his sleeve and brings the hilt into his hand when he is about to engage in a fight. As Travis Bickle, Robert De Niro conceals his handgun likewise in ... See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Leo

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