Ian McDiarmid
Character actor
Ian McDiarmid
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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'Star Wars - The Force Awakens': Another Point of View on the Movie and the Criticism
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If you have not seen The Force Awakens and intend to without having anything ruined, do not read this. On the Star Wars fan scale, I am not a blinded fanboy. I am also not a fanboy who loves Star Wars only when it works for me personally and trashes it when it doesn't. While I'm aware of, and agree with, most of the major criticisms leveled at the prequels, I am not a prequel hater. This is to provide a degree of context as you read. I see the missteps and flaws in the Star Wars series. For whatever reason, I cut these movies slack I don't cut other movies. The explanation for that is likely for another place and time. For now, I flat out loved The Force Awakens. I'm sure I'll watch it a bazillion times just like I have all the other movies, original and prequel. It's exciting to see Star Wars re-invigorated in a manner I expected to occur in 1999. In the last two weeks, I have devoured quite a bit of commentary across the web and have seen consistent ...
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Emperor Palpatine Is Now Part Of The 'Pork Side' In 'Angry Birds Star Wars 2'
MTV News - over 3 years
by Matt Hawkins It's not easy being an old school Star Wars fan. Kids today actually enjoy Episodes 1-3, J.J. Abrams's upcoming trilogy will more than likely resemble his take on Star Trek, lens flares and all, plus the list of goods that lazily cashes in on the franchise is beyond mind-numbingly long. So here's yet another thing to get upset over: Ian McDiarmid, best known for his portrayal of Emperor Palpatine, is now the star of a brand new trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars 2. Here we have Emperor Palpatine asking you, the player, to "Join the Pork Side": Well, if there's one positive, it's how McDiarmid more than likely got a decent pay date for the above. Also, please remember: even though Rovio will continue to harness the general public’s credit card info, they’ll never able to rob you of your childhood memories of the original trilogy.
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35 Years of ‘Star Wars’: Five Great British Actors in the 1977 Classic
BBC Blogs- America - almost 5 years
Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Photo: 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm) It was exactly 35 years ago today (May 25) that The Force was first with moviegoers. The original Star Wars — titled just plain Star Wars then but now known as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope — invaded theaters on May 25, 1977 and helped pioneer the notion of summer blockbusters. Director-writer George Lucas’ sci-fi adventure film, which was filmed its studio scenes at Elstree and Shepperton Studios in England, launched an additional five movies, millions of action figures, spin-off books, comics, TV shows, video games and parodies (yeah! Spaceballs). (In chronological order of release, the Star Wars films are: 1977’s Star Wars, 1980’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.) In addition to turning Harrison Ford ...
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See Shakespeare In The Park Or Parking Lot
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
From his sharp wit, profound devotion to language and characters which resound with contemporary audiences, Shakespeare's legacy is felt from the high school classroom to the nerdy fantasies of true love. After a busy life of 38 plays and 154 sonnets, the Bard has made an indelible mark on our minds and hearts. We've made a roundup of various cities to see Shakespeare in the Park this summer, so get ready for fireflies, picnic baskets, and the magic of the theater: Midwest: Why wait for the summer if you can start seeing Shakespeare now? The Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents "Timon of Athens" (directed by Barbara Gaines and starring Ian McDiarmid) at the Courtyard Theater from April 24 - June 10, 2012. West Coast: If you are living in sunny California, you can catch Shakespeare in the Park's rendition of "Henry V" in San Francisco or Cal Shakes' presentation of "The Tempest". East Coast: If crowds aren't your thing you can always stop into "The Merry Wive ...
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THEATER REVIEW; Boys' Night Out, Girls' Night Out, and 'The Faith Machine'
NYTimes - over 5 years
LONDON -- On the level of ambition alone, you'll want to applaud ''The Faith Machine,'' the third play from the onetime actor Alexi Kaye Campbell and his second to have its premiere at the Royal Court. Encompassing 13 years across nearly three hours and with two intermissions, the play begins on Sept. 11, 2001, before moving backward and forward,
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John Tiffany's National Theatre of Scotland production of Andrew O'Hagan book - The List
Google News - over 5 years
For O'Hagan, who took a 'backseat' role during the creation of the NTS' 2009 staging of his novel Be Near Me (adapted by its lead actor Ian McDiarmid and directed by Tiffany), the process of staging The Missing has been very different
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Fame Academy - Herald Scotland
Google News - over 5 years
“I was in with a good year with Ian McDiarmid, David Hayman and Denis Lawson. I've worked with all of them. You have a special bond with people you trained with. My memories are really of the boss of the college Colin Chandler
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This week's new theatre - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
The relationaship between faith (Sophie's father, played by Ian McDiarmid, is an ex-bishop) and capitalism, and the nature of love underpins this piece, with direction by Jamie Lloyd, who also directed The Pride. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D in February 2012 - The Reel Bits
Google News - over 5 years
It stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid and a digital puppet named Jar Jar. Post-converted re-releases may be all the rage next year, as this joins Fox's planned Titanic 3D re-issue supervised by James Cameron
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Sleepy Hollow di Tim Burton. Racconti e leggende - Paperblog
Google News - over 5 years
... la Kat di Casper), i sospetti traffici del magistrato Philipse (Richard Griffiths, anch'egli poi ripescato nel tormentone Harry Potter nei panni di Vernon Dursley) e del dottor Lancaster (Ian McDiarmid, più noto per essere il Cancelliere Palpatine
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Reasons to what went wrong with Star Wars episodes 1-3 - Comic Book Movie
Google News - over 5 years
Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Ian McDiarmid were perfect for their roles. PERFECT. But their co-stars weren't as much. Samuel L. Jackson may play a lot of badass characters (Nick Fury, Jules etc) but his acting was dull and plain
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Phone Hacking: The Movie - The Caledonian Mercury
Google News - over 5 years
Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters could make his acting debut, but for the real authority and weight as conveyed in his press conference, Niles Crane himself, David Hyde Pierce, would be ideal. For James' dad, Scotland's very own Ian McDiarmid
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Critic's Notebook: London stage revivals this summer: Breathing new life into ... - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Kent, the former joint artistic director of the Almeida Theatre with actor Ian McDiarmid (who here plays Maximus, Julian's demented spiritual advisor), isn't that kind of a director. But his steady hand and brisk intelligence provide an ideal
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Long Wait For Premiere Of Long Play By Ibsen
NYTimes - over 5 years
LONDON -- Of the roughly two dozen major plays by Henrik Ibsen, it was not masterpieces like ''Hedda Gabler'' and ''A Doll's House'' that he described as his most important work. Rather it was the little-known ''Emperor and Galilean'' of 1873, a deeply personal reckoning with powerlessness that foreshadowed his famous domestic plays, but whose
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Long Wait for Premiere of Long Play by Ibsen - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Turning the epic into digestible theater was a labor of love for Mr. Kent and the actor Ian McDiarmid, who met at Citizens Theater in Glasgow in the 1970s and, from 1990 to 2002, were joint artistic directors of the Almeida Theater here
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ian McDiarmid
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a recurring role on series 2 of Utopia, playing the role of Anton. Launched in September 2016, the audio podcast drama series Akiha Den Den http://www.akihadenden.com features him in the leading role of Cuttings, a radio ham in a remote part of Scotland who picks up a mysterious voice (Joy McAvoy) coming from an abandoned amusement park.
  • 2009
    Age 64
    McDiarmid played intelligence chief LeClerc in a 2009 BBC Radio dramatization of John le Carré's The Looking Glass War.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 61
    Five years later in 2006, he reprised this role in his debut on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Kent, he performed alongside Ralph Fiennes and Cherry Jones, and won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. One theatrical performance of note is his portrayal of Harry Hackamore in Sam Shepard's play Seduced. By McDiarmid's own description, Hackamore was a Howard Hughes-type character. To play the part, he was made-up in prosthetics, including a false beard and long fingernails. McDiarmid was only 37 at the time, and this convinced George Lucas and Richard Marquand that he could convincingly play a much older character in extreme cinematic close-up, which helped him land the role of Palpatine. After a minor part in the film Dragonslayer, McDiarmid was cast by George Lucas in Return of the Jedi as Emperor Palpatine, the main villain. Sixteen years after appearing in Return of the Jedi, he reprised the role as the character's younger incarnation of Senator Palpatine and Sith Lord Darth Sidious in the prequel films: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Emperor was originally voiced by Clive Revill for that scene, and visually portrayed by Elaine Baker, the wife of make-up designer Rick Baker. With this addition to The Empire Strikes Back, McDiarmid has now appeared in every live-action film version in which Palpatine appears. He has also worked with the Star Wars expanded universe as the voice of Palpatine in the video games of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. McDiarmid made a small appearance during Celebration Europe, and on 23–26 August 2012, he attended Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida and had his own show titled The Phantom Menace: Ian McDiarmid, hosted by James Arnold Taylor, in which he talked about his experience working on Star Wars and how he landed the role of Palpatine. Ian McDiarmid also voiced a pig version of Palpatine for a promo video on Angry Birds Star Wars II, entitled "Join the Pork Side".
  • 2003
    Age 58
    In 2003, McDiarmid took the role of the Stuart statesman Edward Hyde, in the BBC series Charles II: The Power and The Passion.
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  • 1997
    Age 52
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 45
    McDiarmid took an early role as Mickey Hamilton, a killer intent on avenging the death of his wife and child in The Professionals for London Weekend Television. In 1990, he starred in the "Masonic Mysteries" episode of Inspector Morse as the psychopathic conman Hugo DeVries.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, they shared the Special Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Achievement of the Year. Their tenure was marked by a string of highly successful performances involving actors such as Kevin Spacey and Ralph Fiennes. While connected with the Almeida, McDiarmid directed plays such as Venice Preserv'd (1986) and Hippolytus (1991). In 2002, McDiarmid won Almeida Theatre's Critic's Circle Award for Best Actor for his role as Teddy in a revival of Brian Friel's Faith Healer.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 33
    He played Ivanov in Tom Stoppard's play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the Mermaid Theatre in 1978.
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  • 1976
    Age 31
    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).
    More Details Hide Details From April to June 2012, he played the title role in Timon of Athens at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 23
    In 1968, McDiarmid received a gold medal for his work, the first of many recognitions given to him for his work in the theatre.
    More Details Hide Details McDiarmid claimed he became its recipient "by doing all the boring jobs you have to do when you are young, to eke out an existence."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on August 11, 1944.
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