Who is McDiarmid?
Ian is a Scottish actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the Sith Lord Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film franchise. He first appeared as the character in “Return of the Jedi” (1983) and later reprised the role in the prequel trilogy, “The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Attack of the Clones” (2002), and “Revenge of the Sith” (2005). He has also appeared in numerous stage and screen productions throughout his career.
Where is Ian McDiarmid now?
Although in his late ’70s, Ian is still active, but he has turned more to voice roles; he’s recently voiced Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in a couple of ‘Star Wars franchise projects, including the TV series “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, “Tales of the Jedi” (2022), and “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” (2023), among others.
McDiarmid Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Ian McDiarmid was born on 11 August 1944, in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. His father introduced him to theatre at the age of five when they watched Tommy Morgan perform at a theatre in Dundee, an experience which both fascinated and scared him. McDiarmid initially pursued a degree in psychology at Queen’s College, Dundee, but later enrolled in acting courses at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow – he received a gold medal from the academy in 1968 for his theatre work. Despite his father’s disapproval, McDiarmid pursued his passion for acting, and went on to receive numerous accolades for his performances on stage and screen.
Ian launched his professional career in the late ’60s, and made his first notable appearance in the play “Hamlet” (1972) at Open Space Theatre, London, followed by an appearance in the play, “And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers” the following year. Throughout the ’70s, he enjoyed success in theater, appearing in such plays as “Macbeth” (1973 and 1975), then “Measure for Measure” (1974), “Destiny” (1976), and “Much Ado About Nothing” (1977), among many others.
Despite his on-screen career on the rise, Ian continued to make an impact in theater throughout England, appearing in such plays as “Peer Gynt” (1980), “Ezra” (1981), “Insignificance” (1982), “Edward II” (1986), and “The Black Prince” (1989), among others.
Last time we had a pool on stage was in The Tempest (2000) and it looked like this 👇
Can't wait for "Daddy" 💦
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— Almeida Theatre (@AlmeidaTheatre) March 11, 2020
Since the ’90s and especially the 2000s, his career on stage has declined, but Ian has become a staple actor in England theaters. He directed and starred in both “Volpone” (1990) then “Hippolytus” (1991), then was seen in the play “The Government Inspector” (1997), while from 2000 to 2001, he performed in the play “The Tempest” at Almeida Theatre.
Some other notable plays he appeared in include “Henry IV” in 2004, “King Lear” (2005), and “The Lemon Table” (2021), among numerous others.
Throughout his career on stage, Ian has won a number of awards, including the Oliver Award and a Tony Award, among others.
Ian made his on-screen debut in the TV series “Red Letter Day” as Blade, followed by a string of minor roles in such projects as “The Likely Lads” (1976) and “The Professionals” (1979). In 1981, he was Brother Jacobus in the Academy Award-nominated fantasy action adventure film “Dragonslayer”.
Rise to Prominence
1983 was a turning point in his career – Ian McDiarmid’s portrayal of Emperor Palpatine in “Return of the Jedi” has become one of the most memorable performances in the history of cinema. The character was the mastermind behind the rise of the Galactic Empire, and was a central figure in the Star Wars franchise. In “Return of the Jedi”, Palpatine was intent on destroying the Rebel Alliance and solidifying his power over the galaxy. McDiarmid’s portrayal of the Emperor was dark, sinister and calculated, and was widely praised by fans and critics alike.
McDiarmid’s co-stars in “Return of the Jedi” included Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, who played Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, respectively. The film was a massive success, grossing over $475 million worldwide, and becoming the highest-grossing film of 1983.
Ian McDiarmid(Sidious) signs autographs for fans at the world premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’. -B-
McDiarmid’s portrayal of Emperor Palpatine was so popular that he reprised the role in the prequel trilogy and in the sequels, including the final film in the franchise, “The Rise of Skywalker”.
The same year he first appeared in the “Star Wars” franchise, Ian also portrayed Professor Andreev in the film “Gorky Park”, a crime thriller based on the novel by Martin Cruz Smith.
In the 1988 comedy film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, Ian McDiarmid played the role of Felix, a wealthy businessman who becomes the target of two con artists played by Michael Caine and Steve Martin. Felix is initially suspicious of the con men, but they manage to win him over with their charm and deception. The following year, he played Dr. Maximilian ‘Max’ Renn in the TV mini-series “Crusoe”, a loose adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s novel “Robinson Crusoe”, and again received wide praise.
His next notable on-screen role was Dr. Lancaster, one of the suspects in the Academy Award-winning fantasy horror-mystery film “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), co-starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and Miranda Richardson among others.
He played Henry Fielding in the Channel 4 historical drama series “City of Vice”, Denis Thatcher in 2009’s “Margaret”, and intelligence chief LeClerc in a 2009 BBC Radio dramatization of John le Carré’s “The Looking Glass War”.
In 2014, McDiarmid played the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey in the BBC television drama “37 Days”, about the diplomatic crisis that preceded World War I. Moreover, he played Anton, a recurring character in the TV series “Utopia”, and starred in the audio podcast drama series “Akiha Den Den” in 2016.
In the same year, Ian had the role of Sir George Goldie, a member of the Royal Geographical Society who finances Fawcett’s expeditions in the biographical adventure film “The Lost City of Z”. The film tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett’s search for a lost city in the Amazon jungle, and starred Charlie Hunnam.
According to authoritative sources, Ian McDiarmid’s net worth is estimated at $10 million, as of mid-2023.
Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Ian McDiarmid is very secretive when it comes to his personal life. According to reports, he doesn’t have children and hasn’t married.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Ian McDiarmid has gray hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m), while he weighs approximately 155lbs (70kgs). His vital statistics are unknown; he has a slim figure.