Ian McDiarmid


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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 Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
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 2019 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
Emperor Palpatine
 2015-2018 Star Wars Rebels (TV Series)
Emperor Palpatine
- Family Reunion - and Farewell Part 1 (2018) ... Emperor Palpatine (voice)
- A World Between Worlds (2018) ... Emperor Palpatine (voice)
- Wolves and a Door (2018) ... Emperor Palpatine (voice)
- The Siege of Lothal (2015) ... Emperor Palpatine (voice)
 2017-2018 Britannia (TV Series)
King Pellenor
- Episode #1.7 (2018) ... King Pellenor
- Episode #1.5 (2018) ... King Pellenor
- Episode #1.4 (2018) ... King Pellenor
- Episode #1.3 (2018) ... King Pellenor
- Episode #1.2 (2018) ... King Pellenor
 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
- One Long Weekend (2014) ... Edward Grey
- One Week in July (2014) ... Edward Grey
- One Month in Summer (2014) ... Edward Grey
 2009 The Odds (Short)
The Gambler
 2009 Margaret (TV Movie)
Denis Thatcher
 2008 City of Vice (TV Mini-Series)
Henry Fielding
- Episode #1.5 (2008) ... Henry Fielding
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... Henry Fielding
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Henry Fielding
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Henry Fielding
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... Henry Fielding
 2005 Elizabeth I (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Burghley
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Lord Burghley
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Lord Burghley
 2005 Our Hidden Lives (TV Movie)
B. Charles
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
 2005 Star Wars: A Musical Journey (Video)
Host
 2004 Spooks (TV Series)
Prof. Fred Roberts
- The Sleeper (2004) ... Prof. Fred Roberts (uncredited)
 2003 The Last King (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Edward Hyde
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Sir Edward Hyde
- Episode #1.1 (2003) ... Sir Edward Hyde
 2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
 2002 Crime and Punishment (TV Movie)
Porfiry
 1999 Sleepy Hollow
Doctor Lancaster
 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 Heart of Darkness (TV Movie)
Doctor
 1993 Selected Exits (TV Movie)
George Devine
 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
 1990 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Hugo De Vries
- Masonic Mysteries (1990) ... Hugo De Vries
 1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Arthur
 1988 Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Dostoevsky
 1985 Summer Season (TV Series)
Murgatroyd
- Pity in History (1985) ... Murgatroyd
 1983 Gorky Park
Professor Andreev
 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
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Emperor (2004 DVD version) (uncredited)
 1979 A Performance of Macbeth (TV Movie)
The Porter / Ross
 1979 The Professionals (TV Series)
Mickey Hamilton
- The Madness of Mickey Hamilton (1979) ... Mickey Hamilton
 1977 Once Upon a Union (TV Movie documentary)
Seton of Pitmeddon
 1976 The Likely Lads
Vicar
 1976 Red Letter Day (TV Series)
Blade
- Amazing Stories (1976) ... Blade
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Other Works:

He acted in Dame Irish Murdoch's stage adaptation of her novel, "The Black Prince," at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Simon Williams and Sarah Badel. See more »

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Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on digitally replacing Clive Revill in the DVD release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)] George felt that it was just and proper. When he made Empire, we hadn't met, and he didn't have a particular idea of who would play the Emperor or how the character would develop. And he had no notion that he would do the backstory - Episodes I, II, and III. So whoever played the ... See more »

Trivia:

In 1982, he played Harry Hackamore, a Howard Hughes-type character, in the play, "Seduced", by Sam Shepard. This showed his ability to convincingly play, in close-up, a character much older than himself. This is what attracted the attention of George Lucas and Richard Marquand, who decided that he could play the Emperor in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), which was already in ... See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Leo

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