Ian McDiarmid

Age: 69
Birthplace: Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland

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.

Movie Character Year
Jsxhppex05jzhsmtdmpbvopt0hv A Performance of Macbeth The Porter / Ross 1979
Jx5p0ahlbpxqe3ah9g15nvmwaqq Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi The Emperor 1983
Z1aowsrqctgqn0vyek3rq5bycxm Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Arthur 1988
N8v09ddc02kssn6q4hc2bx6hn8x Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Senator Palpatine 1999
Hd2cl4eneloydu5rnfxqlvwdkxt Sleepy Hollow Dr. Lancaster 1999
2vcnftrzxnwicbgh5e2xxcmvr8t Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Chancellor Palpatine 2002
Hfwzxune3cyuge68q2nczst2zy6 Charles II: The Power & the Passion Sir Edward Hyde 2003
Tgr5pdy7ehzybqbkn2k7q02xgob Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Chancellor Palpatine 2005