Ian McDiarmid

Character Actor
Born Aug 11, 1944

Ian McDiarmid is a Scottish theatre actor and director, who has also made sporadic appearances on television, and appeared in 47 films since 1976. Internationally, he is perhaps most famous for his role as Palpatine in the Star Wars film series.

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1944 Birth Born on August 11, 1944.


1968 23 Years Old In 1968, McDiarmid received a gold medal for his work, the first of many recognitions given to him for his work in the theatre. … Read More


1976 31 Years Old McDiarmid is renowned for his work in British theatre, having won plaudits as an actor and director from a wide variety of sources. He has starred in a variety of Shakespeare plays, including Hamlet (1972), The Tempest (1974, 2000), Much Ado About Nothing (1976), Ross and the Porter in Trevor Nunn's 1976 Macbeth (television 1978), The Merchant of Venice (1984) and King Lear (2005). … Read More
1978 33 Years Old He played Ivanov in Tom Stoppard's play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the Mermaid Theatre in 1978.


1990 45 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1990, McDiarmid and Jonathan Kent served as the artistic directors of the Almeida Theatre in Islington, London, gaining the commitment of prominent actresses such as Glenda Jackson and Claire Bloom for their productions. The two men resigned in 2001 with the venue in good shape. … Read More


1997 52 Years Old In 1997, McDiarmid played the villain, Ronald Hinks, in Touching Evil's "Through the Clouds/The Lost Boys", Parts 1 & 2 He played the role of police detective Porfiry Petrovich in the BBC's 2002 adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.
2003 58 Years Old In 2003, McDiarmid took the role of the Stuart statesman Edward Hyde, in the BBC series Charles II: The Power and The Passion.
2004 59 Years Old In the 2004 re-release of The Empire Strikes Back, a brief scene between Darth Vader and a hologram of Emperor Palpatine was updated to include McDiarmid. … Read More


2005 60 Years Old In 2005, he portrayed the part of Satan in the 41 part BBC Four radio drama based on John Milton's Paradise Lost, which was subsequently re-broadcast on BBC7.
2006 61 Years Old Five years later in 2006, he reprised this role in his debut on Broadway. … Read More
2009 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Recently, he played the writer and pioneer of policing, Henry Fielding, in the Channel 4 historical drama series City of Vice and Denis Thatcher in 2009's Margaret.
2014 69 Years Old In 2014, he played a leading role as British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey in the BBC television drama 37 Days, which is about the diplomatic crisis preceding the First World War. … Read More
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