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      Ian McDiarmid

      Ian McDiarmid

      Highest Rated: 89% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Aug 11, 1944

      Birthplace: Carnoustie, Scotland, UK

      Despite a résumé rich in classical stage roles and numerous accolades from the British critics, Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid was a pop cultural nonentity until he took an undemanding paying job as the despotic Emperor Palpatine in "Return of the Jedi" (1983), the second sequel to George Lucas' paradigm-smashing space opera "Star Wars" (1977). Obscured under heavy makeup for his time onscreen, McDiarmid could not have anticipated how much of a bite the role would take out of his professional life. Immortalized in Lucasfilm merchandising for 15 years as he returned to a purposeful career as an actor, director and theatrical impresario, McDiarmid was recalled to the franchise for "The Phantom Menace" (1999), a prequel to "Star Wars" that required the veteran actor to reinterpret the same character fifty years younger. He would play the vampiric Palpatine twice more, in "Attack of the Clones" (2002) and "Revenge of the Sith" (2005), but the stage would remain McDiarmid's true home. In 2008, the 61-year-old actor suffered a heart attack while performing at London's Gielgud Theater, but staved off an EMS crew until after he had taken his curtain call. Seen later as the star of the U.K. miniseries "City of Vice" (2008) and as controversial British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's doting husband in "Margaret" (2009), McDiarmid remained what he had long been to the theatregoers of London's West End: a consummate and highly valued character actor.

      Highest rated movies

      Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Lost City of Z
      Dragonslayer
      Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
      Gorky Park
      Sleepy Hollow Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

      Photos

      STAR WARS: EPISODE III-REVENGE OF THE SITH, from left: Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Producer Rick McCallum, on set, 2005. Ph: Ralph Nelson Jr./TM and ©copyright Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved THE LOST CITY OF Z, CHARLIE HUNNAM (CENTER), IAN MCDIARMID (RIGHT), 2016. PH: AIDAN MONAGHAN//THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTOR: BLEECKER STREET MEDIA/© AMAZON RETURN OF THE JEDI, Ian McDiarmid, 1983 THE LOST CITY OF Z, FROM LEFT: IAN MCDIARMID, DIRECTOR JAMES GRAY, ON SET, 2016. PH: AIDAN MONAGHAN/THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTOR: BLEECKER STREET MEDIA/© AMAZON RETURN OF THE JEDI, Ian McDiarmid, 1983. RETURN OF THE JEDI, Darth Vader, Ian McDiarmid, Mark Hamill, 1983 SLEEPY HOLLOW, Steven Waddington, Jeffrey Jones, Casper Van Dien, Ian McDiarmid, Johnny Depp, Michael Gambon, 1999, (c)Paramount STAR WARS: EPISODE I - PHANTOM MENACE, Ian McDiarmid, 1999 THE LOST CITY OF Z, IAN MCDIARMID (CENTER), 2016. PH: AIDAN MONAGHAN/THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTOR: BLEECKER STREET MEDIA/© AMAZON STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES, Ian McDiarmid, 2002, Copyright 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd., STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, 2002, Copyright 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd., STAR WARS: EPISODE III-REVENGE OF THE SITH, R2D2 (front left), Ian McDiarmid (back left), Ewan McGregor (center, with beard), Hayden Christensen (right), 2005. Industrial Light & Magic/TM and ©copyright Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. All rights re STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES, David Bowers, Ian McDiarmid, 2002, Copyright 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd., STAR WARS: EPISODE III-REVENGE OF THE SITH, from left: Ian McDiarmid, Hayden Christensen, 2005. Industrial Light & Magic/TM and ©copyright Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 99% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - 40th Anniversary The Emperor (Character) - 2023
      51% 86% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Palpatine (Character) $515.2M 2019
      86% 58% The Lost City of Z Sir George Goldie (Character) $8.6M 2016
      No Score Yet 44% Margaret Denis Thatcher (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Odds Unknown (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 60% City of Vice Unknown (Character) - 2008
      79% 66% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Supreme Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Character) $380.3M 2005
      No Score Yet 88% The Last King Sir Edward Hyde (Character) - 2004
      65% 56% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Character) $310.7M 2002
      No Score Yet 68% All the King's Men Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards (Character) - 1999
      70% 80% Sleepy Hollow Dr. Thomas Lancaster (Character) $101.1M 1999
      52% 59% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Senator Palpatine/Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Character) $474.5M 1999
      No Score Yet 72% Great Expectations Jaggers (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 82% Inquest Doctor Popper (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 79% Rasputin Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 55% Annie: A Royal Adventure Dr. Eli Eon (Character) - 1995
      50% 39% Heart of Darkness Doctor (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 50% Chernobyl: The Final Warning Dr. Vatisenko (Character) - 1991
      89% 84% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Arthur (Character) $40.9M 1988
      78% 59% Gorky Park Prof. Andreev (Character) - 1983
      83% 94% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi The Emperor (Character) $314.3M 1983
      84% 62% Dragonslayer Brother Jacobus (Character) - 1981
      17% No Score Yet Richard's Things Burglar (Character) - 1980
      0% 22% The Awakening Dr. Richter (Character) - 1980

      TV

      Credit
      100% 93% Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Darth Sidious (Character),
      Unknown (Voice)
      2022
      92% 77% Britannia King Pellenor (Character) 2020
      98% 84% Star Wars Rebels Emperor Palpatine (Guest Voice) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 37 Days Edward Grey (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Elizabeth I Lord Burghley (Character) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spooks Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touching Evil Unknown (Character) 1997-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 1998
      78% 87% The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet 76% Inspector Morse Unknown (Guest Star) 1990