Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid

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.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2017

The Lost City of Z

2017-03-15
2015

Star Wars: Greatest Moments

Himself2015-12-26
2015

Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel

Himself2015-12-15
2014
37 Days
Edward Grey2014-03-06
2009
The Odds
2009-10-20
2009

Margaret

Denis Thatcher2009-03-26
2005

Our Hidden Lives

B. Charles2005-10-03
2005

Elizabeth I

Lord Burghley2005-09-29
2005
The Story of Star Wars
Palpatine/The Emperor2005-08-18
2005
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Chancellor Palpatine2005-05-17
2005
Star Wars: A Musical Journey
Host2005-05-03
2003
Charles II: The Power & the Passion
Sir Edward Hyde2003-11-23
2002
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Chancellor Palpatine2002-05-15
2002
Crime and Punishment
2002-02-12
2001
The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'
Himself2001-02-01
1999
Sleepy Hollow
Dr. Lancaster1999-11-18
1999
All the King's Men
Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards1999-11-14
1999
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Senator Palpatine1999-05-19
1999
Great Expectations
Jaggers1999-05-09
1996
Hillsborough
1996-09-11
1996
Karaoke
1996-04-28
1995
Restoration
Ambrose1995-12-29
1995
Annie: A Royal Adventure
Dr. Eli Eon1995-01-01
1988
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Arthur1988-12-14
1983
Gorky Park
Professor Andreev1983-12-15
1983
The Nation's Health
1983-10-27
1983
Return of the Jedi
The Emperor1983-05-23
1981
Dragonslayer
Brother Jacopus1981-06-26
1980
Richard's Things
1980-12-26
1980
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
Reg Smeeton1980-11-07
1980
The Awakening
Dr. Richter1980-07-31
1980
The Empire Strikes Back
Emperor1980-05-17
1979
A Performance of Macbeth
The Porter / Ross1979-02-02
1976
The Likely Lads
1976-02-01