Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid

Highest Rated: 89% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Awakening (1980)

Birthday: Aug 11, 1944

Birthplace: Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland, UK

Known to millions of Star Wars fans as the scabby and nefarious Emperor Palpatine, Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid also happens to have built a career as one of the London theatre's most acclaimed and influential figures. The co-artistic director (along with Jonathan Kent) of Islington's Almeida Theatre since 1990, McDiarmid has been, in large part, responsible for the Almeida's transformation from obscure fringe theatre to one of London's most respected playhouses. Alongside Kent, he was named by one theatre critic as one of the "capital's prime impresarios."Born in Carnoustie, Scotland, on April 17, 1947, McDiarmid grew up in Dundee, Tayside. Although he nurtured an interest in the theatre from a young age, he put aside his stage inclinations to study social sciences at St. Andrews University. Ultimately deciding that he was not suited for a career as a clinical psychologist, McDiarmid decided to take the plunge into acting, working for a year to support his training courses at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After completing his study, he performed with various fringe theatres throughout Scotland and England, and eventually joined the vaunted Royal Shakespeare Company.McDiarmid began moving into television and film in the late 1970s with his casting in a supporting role in the TV series The Professionals. He made his film debut in 1980, but did not have his first major -- or memorable -- role until he was cast as the Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi (1983). Like so many other actors in the Star Wars trilogy who traded in recognizable facial/bodily/vocal features for the demands of their often heavily made-up or computerized characters, McDiarmid did earn a certain amount of fame for his work in the film, but it was largely confined to the realm of enthusiastic Star Wars fans.While the actor continued to appear onscreen in such features as Gorky Park (1983) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), his first love was the theatre, and it was in his capacity as a stage actor and director that he made and continues to make his greatest impact. In 1998, McDiarmid and Kent won the Evening Standard's Theatrical Achievement of the Year award. The following year, McDiarmid appeared in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and reprised the role of Emporer Palpatine -- albeit a younger, less made-up version of the character -- for the hugely-hyped Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which succeeded in introducing him to a new generation of Star Wars fans. After appearing in the World War I drama All the Kings Men the same year, McDiarmid returned to the role of Palpatine in 2002's Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and again in the franchise-closer Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Emperor Palpatine 2019
No Score Yet Margaret Denis Thatcher 2009
No Score Yet City of Vice Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception Actor 2007
80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Supreme Chancellor Palpatine 2005
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Supreme Chancellor Palpatine $308M 2002
No Score Yet All the King's Men Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards 2000
68% Sleepy Hollow Doc Lancaster 1999
No Score Yet Great Expectations Jaggers 1999
53% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Sen.Palpatine/Darth Sidious $431.1M 1999
No Score Yet Rebecca Actor 1997
No Score Yet Annie: A Royal Adventure Prof. Eli Eon 1995
40% Heart of Darkness Doctor 1994
No Score Yet Selected Exits Actor 1993
No Score Yet Final Warning Dr. Vatisenko 1990
89% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Arthur 1988
75% Gorky Park Prof. Andreev 1983
82% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Emperor Palpatine 1983
87% Dragonslayer Brother Jacopus 1981
0% The Awakening Dr. Richter 1980
20% Richard's Things Burglar 1980
No Score Yet A Performance of Macbeth The porter 1978

TV

Credit
87% Britannia
2018-2019
King Pellenor 2019
2018
No Score Yet Inspector Morse
1987-2000
2017
No Score Yet MI-5
2003-2011
Fred Roberts 2005
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Jaggers Rev. Pierrepont Edwards 2000
1999
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Hugo De Vries 1992

QUOTES FROM Ian McDiarmid CHARACTERS

Emperor Palpatine says: It is of no concern. Soon the rebellion will be crushed and young Skywalker will be one of us.

Darth Vader says: The Death Star will completed on schedule, my master.

Emperor Palpatine says: You have done well, Lord Vader. And now I sense you wish to continue your search for young Skywalker.

Darth Vader says: Yes, my master.

Emperor Palpatine says: Patience. Soon, he will seek you out and when he does, you must bring him before me. He has grown strong, only together can we turn him to the dark side of the Force.

Darth Vader says: As you wish.

Emperor Palpatine says: Everything is proceeding as I have forseen. (Laughs)

Emperor Palpatine says: Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. [laughs]

Emperor Palpatine says: Strike me down with all of your hatred & your journey towards the dark side will be complete!

Emperor Palpatine says: Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!

Luke Skywalker says: No, I'll never turn to the dark side. You've failed your Highness. I'm a Jedi, like my father before me.

Emperor Palpatine says: So be it, Jedi!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend. At last, the Jedi are no more.

Yoda says: Not if anything to say about it I have! At an end your rule is, and not short enough was it. If so powerful you are... why leave?

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: You will not stop me! Darth Vader will become more powerful than either of us!

Yoda says: Faith in your new apprentice, misplaced may be. As is your faith in the dark side of the Force.

Mace Windu says: In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you're under arrest, Chancellor.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?

Mace Windu says: The Senate will decide your fate.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: I am the Senate!

Mace Windu says: Not yet.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: It's treason, then...

Mace Windu says: I'm going to end this once and for all!

Mace Windu says: I'm going to put an end to this, once and for all!

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: You can't. he must stand trail.

Obi-Wan Kenobi says: You can't. he must stand trail.

Mace Windu says: He has control over the senate and the corurts he's too dangerous to be left alive

Mace Windu says: He has control over the senate and the corurts he's too dangerous to be left alive.

Mace Windu says: He has control of the senate and all the courts. He is too dangerous to be left alive!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: I'm to weak oh don't kill me please

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: I'm to weak oh don't kill me please.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine says: But, I'm too weak. Don't kill me.

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: it's not the jedi way he must live

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: It's not the jedi way he must live.

Anakin Skywalker says: That's not the Jedi way. He must live.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: please don't

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Please don't.

Anakin Skywalker says: I need him!

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: I need him!

Anakin Skywalker says: Nooo! [cuts off mace windu's hand]

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: please no.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Please no.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine says: Power, unlimited power!

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: nooo! [cuts off mace windu's hand]

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: Nooo! [cuts off mace windu's hand]

Mace Windu says: ahhhhhh!

Mace Windu says: Ahhhhhh!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: POWER!

Obi-Wan Kenobi says: ULDLIMATE POWER!

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: Is it possible to learn this power?

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: ... Not from a Jedi.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Not from a Jedi.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Go to the Mustafar system and wipe out Viceroy Gunray and the other separatist leaders.

Emperor Palpatine says: So be it, Jedi.

Emperor Palpatine says: You, like your father, are now mine!

Clone Trooper says: My lord, this way!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: There he is! He's still alive! Get a medical capsule immediately

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: There he is! He's still alive! Get a medical capsule immediately.

Clone Trooper says: Yes, sir!

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: Is it possible to learn this power?

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Not from a Jedi.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Dark Side of the Force is a pathway that many abilities consider to be unatural.

Emperor Palpatine says: And now, young Skywalker...you will die.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Lord Vader...can you hear me?

Darth Vader says: Yes...master. Where is Padme? Is she safe? Is...she alright?

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: It seems, in your anger, you killed her.

Darth Vader says: I-I couldn't have! She was alive...I FELT IT! (Darth Vader breaks off of medical capsule and destroys all droids in the lab)

Darth Vader says: I-I couldn't have! She was alive...I FELT IT! [Darth Vader breaks off of medical capsule and destroys all droids in the lab]

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: (smiles evilly)

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: [smiles evilly]

Darth Vader says: NOOOOOO!!!

Darth Vader says: NO!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: POWER!!!! UNLIMITED POWER!!!!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: POWER! UNLIMITED POWER!

Mace Windu says: (Defending himself from the lighting power from Palpatine) Don't listen to him Anakin, AH!

Mace Windu says: [defending himself from the lighting power from Palpatine] Don't listen to him Anakin, AH!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Don't let him kill me. I can´t hold it any longer. I'm too weak. (Stops lighting to Mace Windu) Anakin. HELP ME! I can´t hold it any longer.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Don't let him kill me. I can't hold it any longer. I'm too weak. [stops lighting to Mace Windu] Anakin. HELP ME! I can't hold it any longer.

Mace Windu says: I'm going to end this, once and for all.

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: You can't he must get trial.

Mace Windu says: He has control of the city and the court, he is too dangerous to be kept alive.

Obi-Wan Kenobi says: I'm too weak. Don't kill me please.

Obi-Wan Kenobi says: It's not the Jedi way, he must live. I need him. (Mace Windu tries to kill Palpatine) NO! (Anakin cuts off Mace Windu's right hand)

Obi-Wan Kenobi says: It's not the Jedi way, he must live. I need him. [Mace Windu tries to kill Palpatine] NO! [Anakin cuts off Mace Windu's right hand]

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Anakin? I told you were coming to this, I was right. THE JEDI ARE TAKING OVER!

Mace Windu says: The opression of the Sith will never return. You have lost.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: No, NO NO, YOU WILL DIE! (He shoots the lighting force power to Mace Windu) He's a traitor.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: No, NO NO, YOU WILL DIE! [he shoots the lighting force power to Mace Windu] He's a traitor.

Mace Windu says: He is the traitor. AH!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: I've got the power to save your wife, you must choose.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Lord Vader...Can you hear me ?

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Lord Vader, can you hear me?

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: Yes master...

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader says: Yes master.

Mace Windu says: In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you're under arrest, Chancellor.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?

Mace Windu says: The Senate will decide your fate.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: I am the Senate.

Mace Windu says: Not yet.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: It's treason, then.

Mace Windu says: The oppression of the Sith will never return! You, my lord, have lost!

Mace Windu says: The oppression of the Sith will never return! You, my lord, have lost!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: No... no... no! YOU WILL DIE!!!

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: [speaking as Darth Sidious] No... no... no! YOU WILL DIE!

Emperor Palpatine says: Oh, I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive.

Luke Skywalker says: I am a Jedi like my father before me

Luke Skywalker says: I am a Jedi, like my father before me.

Emperor Palpatine says: So be it.Jedi

Emperor Palpatine says: [angrily] So be it.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: At last! The Jedi are no more.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: At last, the Jedi are no more.

Yoda says: Not if anything to say about I have!

Yoda says: Not if anything to say about it I have!