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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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Aug 11, 1944 In Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Inspector Morse 1988-02-04
Latest Project:
Series Utopia 2013-01-15

2 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Elizabeth I
Poster of MI-5
Poster of The Professionals
Poster of Inspector Morse
Utopia Anton 5 episodes, 2014 2013-01-15
City of Vice Henry Fielding 5 episodes, 2008 2008-01-14
Elizabeth I Lord Burghley 2 episodes, 2005 2006-04-22
MI-5 Unknown 2003-07-22
Touching Evil Unknown 2000-09-20
Cold Lazarus Unknown 1997-06-04
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Unknown 1992-03-04
The Professionals Unknown 1989-02-18
Inspector Morse Unknown 1988-02-04