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11 August 1944 Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland, UK

How tall is Ian McDiarmid?

1.78 m

Life Story of 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 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 Emperor Palpatine in George Lucas's Star Wars films.

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Often uses a soft-spoken, accented voice
Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films

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Actors Filmography
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Palpatine, Star Wars Rebels (2018) Emperor Palpatine, Britannia (2018) King Pellenor, The Lost City of Z (2016) Sir George Goldie, Utopia (2014) Anton, 37 Days (2014) Edward Grey, The Odds (2009) The Gambler, Margaret (2009) Denis Thatcher, City of Vice (2008) Henry Fielding, Elizabeth I (2005) Lord Burghley, Our Hidden Lives (2005) B. Charles, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Star Wars: A Musical Journey (2005) Host, Spooks (2004) Prof. Fred Roberts, The Last King (2003)...

Birth information

11 August 1944 Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland, UK

How tall is Ian McDiarmid?

1.78 m

Life Story of 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 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 Emperor Palpatine in George Lucas's Star Wars films.

Significant features of Ian McDiarmid

Often uses a soft-spoken, accented voice
Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films

What movies did Ian McDiarmid play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Palpatine, Star Wars Rebels (2018) Emperor Palpatine, Britannia (2018) King Pellenor, The Lost City of Z (2016) Sir George Goldie, Utopia (2014) Anton, 37 Days (2014) Edward Grey, The Odds (2009) The Gambler, Margaret (2009) Denis Thatcher, City of Vice (2008) Henry Fielding, Elizabeth I (2005) Lord Burghley, Our Hidden Lives (2005) B. Charles, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Star Wars: A Musical Journey (2005) Host, Spooks (2004) Prof. Fred Roberts, The Last King (2003)...

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Ian McDiarmid and Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: Episode IX - Der Aufstieg Skywalkers (2019)

Serves as Artistic Director of London's Almedia Theatre.

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Ian McDiarmid and Jessica Oyelowo in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

He was awarded the 2001 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama) for Best Actor for his performance in "Faith Healer" at the Almeida at King's Cross.

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Ian McDiarmid in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

In an odd twist of fate, he played an elderly, disfigured Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and then went on to play a younger version of that character, some 20 years later, in the Star Wars prequels.

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Has appeared with his drama school classmate Denis Lawson in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and with Lawson's nephew Ewan McGregor in Karaoke (1996), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

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Christina Ricci, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Miranda Richardson, etc.

Attended the University of St. Andrews where he pursued a Master's degree in clinical psychology and the Royal Academy in Glasgow.

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Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, etc.

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 production at the time.

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Ian McDiarmid in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

The make-up he had to wear in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) took about two hours to apply and two to take off. By the end of principal photography, the make-up artists had been able to get it on in an hour and a half.

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Johnny Depp, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gambon, etc.

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 Taxi Driver (1976).

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Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, etc.

Has appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), which is a remake of Bedtime Story (1964), which starred Marlon Brando. He also appeared in Heart of Darkness (1993), which is based on the Joseph Conrad story of the same name, which was previously filmed as Apocalypse Now (1979), also with Brando.

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Ian McDiarmid and Gabrielle Lloyd in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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

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Frank Oz and Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

Has appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) with Frank Oz, and then in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), which Oz directed. These films were later turned into an NPR radio broadcast and a Broadway musical, respectively. John Lithgow appeared in both.

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Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

Based his character Emperor Palpatine's unusual voice on the Japanese method of using your stomach to project yourself. The result was a strange, guttural croak that Lucas decided was perfect for the character of Palpatine. In an earlier draft of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the Emperor was described as having a voice that was even deeper and more terrifying than Darth Vader's.

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Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

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

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Ian McDiarmid and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

Currently starring in the Donmar Warehouse production "Henry IV", now showing at The Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, England. [July 2004]

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Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

Appearing, as Stevens, in the BBC Radio 4's adaptation of "The Remains of the Day", starring with Julia Ford, Oliver Ford Davies, Peter Sallis, Anton Lesser, Adrian Scarborough, Garrick Hagon, 'Ed Bishop', 'Tom George', 'Maggie McCarthy', 'Ben Crowe', Deborah Findlay, 'David Shaw-Parker', Becky Hindley and Tracy Wiles. [August 2003]

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Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

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Natalie Portman and Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode I - Die dunkle Bedrohung (1999)

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Ian McDiarmid, Clive Francis, and Charlie Hunnam in Die versunkene Stadt Z (2016)

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Ian McDiarmid, Clive Francis, and Charlie Hunnam in Die versunkene Stadt Z (2016)

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Ian McDiarmid and James Gray in Die versunkene Stadt Z (2016)

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Ian McDiarmid, Clive Francis, and Charlie Hunnam in Die versunkene Stadt Z (2016)

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James Earl Jones, David Prowse, Ian McDiarmid, etc.

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Ian McDiarmid and Kenny Baker in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

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Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker, etc.

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Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

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Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

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James Earl Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Hayden Christensen, etc.

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Ian McDiarmid and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith (2005)

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