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Ian McDiarmid

Birth Place: Carnoustie, SCOTLAND

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[West End]
West End Premiere, 2014

Broadway Revival, 2006

Ian McDiarmid Movies

The Likely Lads
[ 1976 ] Vicar
Richard's Things
[ 1980 ] Burglar
The Awakening
[ 1980 ] Dr. Richter
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
[ 1980 ] Reg Smeeton
[ 1981 ] Brother Jacopus
Gorky Park
[ 1983 ] Professor Andreev
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
[ 1983 ] The Emperor
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
[ 1988 ] Arthur
[ 1995 ] Ambrose
Sleepy Hollow
[ 1999 ] Doctor Lancter
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
[ 1999 ] Senator Palpatine
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
[ 2002 ] Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
[ 2005 ] Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
The Lost City of Z
[ 2016 ] Sir George Goldie
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
[ 2019 ] Emperor Palpatine

Ian McDiarmid TV Shows

King Pellenor

Ian McDiarmid Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Ian McDiarmid, Faith Healer

Theatre World Awards - 2006 - Performance

Ian McDiarmid, Faith Dealer

Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Ian McDiarmid, Faith Healer

Evening Standard Awards - 1998 - Theatrical Achievement

Ian McDiarmid

Olivier Awards - 1983 - Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role

Ian McDiarmidTales From Hollywood

Olivier Awards - 1982 - Actor of the Year in a New Play

Ian McDiarmidInsignificance

Ian McDiarmid News

Michael Grandage Will Direct Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans in the World Première of BACKSTAIRS BILLY

The world première of Marcelo Dos Santos' new play Backstairs Billy looks at a pivotal moment in the 50 year relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal servant William “Billy” Tallon.

Full Cast Announced For ORLANDO at the Garrick Theatre

The full company has been announced for Orlando – joining Emma Corrin, in the title role, are Deborah Findlay (Mrs Grimsditch), Jessica Alade (Virginia, Drunken Tory), Debra Baker (Virginia, Favilla, The Captain), Akuc Bol (Virginia, Euphrosyne, Prue), Lucy Briers (Virginia, Queen Elizabeth, Officer), Richard Cant (Virginia, Harriet, Kitty), Melissa Lowe (Virginia, Drunken Tory), Jodie McNee (Virginia, Marmaduke), Oliver Wickham (Virginia, Clorinda), and Millicent Wong (Virginia, Sasha, Nell).

Dates and Venue Announced for ORLANDO Starring Emma Corrin

The Michael Grandage Company announced that their production of Orlando opens at the Garrick Theatre on 5 December 2022, with previews from 25 November, and runs until 25 February 2023. 

Michael Grandage Will Direct Emma Corrin in Neil Bartlett's New Version of Virginia Woolf's Novel ORLANDO

The Michael Grandage Company has announced that Emma Corrin will return to the London stage as the title role in Orlando, from the novel by Virginia Woolf in a new version by Neil Bartlett. Michael Grandage directs, reuniting him with Corrin, following their recent collaboration on the feature film My Policeman for Amazon.

BWW Exclusive: A History of ANNIE on Broadway and Beyond

Tonight, NBC will air its sixth live musical production. Following in the footsteps of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, Hairspray, and Jesus Christ Superstar, the peacock network will be presenting Annie. Based on Harold Gray's comic strip titled Little Orphan Annie, this musical tells the story of a little orphan with equal measures of pluck and positivity who charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in New York City in the year 1933.

Belinda Lang to Direct THE CHILDREN at Salisbury Playhouse

With the UK tour of the world première of Julian Barnes’ The Lemon Table starring Ian McDiarmid and directed by Michael Grandage recently finished, Wiltshire Creative today announced that Belinda Lang will direct a new production of Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children at Salisbury Playhouse in April 2022.

Guest Blog: Madeleine Worrall on THE TEMPEST on BBC Radio 3

I don’t know why I’m starting this article with an admission that I had never really been ‘that into Shakespeare’. It is the sort of casual assertion which leaves a ghostly trail of incredulous disappointment upon the face of the poor actor you have annointed your confessor - they will never really respect you again.

BWW Review: THE LEMON TABLE, Salisbury Playhouse

When Booker Prize-winner Julian Barnes saw The Lemon Table early in its world premiere run, he gave his seal of approval to the adaptation of his short stories. A fine accolade for adaptor and star Ian McDiarmid, best known for his role as Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films, Olivier and Tony award-winning performances, and 12 years as the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director.

Wiltshire Creative Announces Spring 2022 At Salisbury Playhouse And Salisbury Arts Centre

Following the re-opening of Salisbury Playhouse with John Godber's September in the Rain, and Ian McDiarmid and Michael Grandage in rehearsals for the world première of Julian Barnes' The Lemon Table, Artistic Director Gareth Machin and Executive Director Sebastian Warrack today announce the Spring 2022 season at Wiltshire Creative.

Guest Blog: Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative, On Reopening Salisbury Playhouse

In the words of Cosmo Brown, 'Make 'em laugh' - and how life-affirming to hear waves of laughter ripple through Salisbury Playhouse this week. At times over the past few months, the building has felt like a ghost ship, but now it's awake, buzzing and alive with people having a great night out.

Wiltshire Creative Announce Their Autumn 2021 Programme

Wiltshire Creative today announce their programme for Autumn 2021, featuring theatre, live music, comedy nights, film screenings, craft workshops and more. Throughout the season they will also continue their commitment to engaging communities in the South West and encouraging creativity in audiences of all ages, from an extensive youth arts programme to celebrating older generations.

Ian Kelsey and Nicola Sloane Will Star in Wiltshire Creative's Revival of SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN

Following the run of September in the Rain, Michael Grandage will direct Ian McDiarmid in Julian Barnes' The Lemon Table from 14 to 23 October, ahead of a UK tour.

Ian McDiarmid Will Star in the World Premiere of Julian Barnes' THE LEMON TABLE in October

Olivier and Tony Award-winning Ian McDiarmid and Michael Grandage have collaborated to bring The Lemon Table to the stage for the first time. In McDiarmid's one man performance we encounter a spectrum of bitter-sweet pleasures, wild eccentricity and dark secrets.

Fantasy Drama Series BRITANNIA to Debut on EPIX

Premium network EPIX® today announced that Season One of the critically-acclaimed fantasy drama Britannia will debut on August 2.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER to Debut on Disney+ Two Months Early

The final chapter of the Skywalker saga, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” will begin streaming two months early on Disney+ in honor of “May the 4th,” affectionately known by fans around the world as “Star Wars Day.”

VIDEO: Listen to the Song Lin-Manuel Miranda Created for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER!

Disney Music has shared a video from the most recent Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker, which features a song that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote for the film. The clip shows the the Aki Aki's of the planet Pasaana singing Miranda's song a?oeLido Heya?? for the celebration scene in the film.

Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER?

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. 

See the Cast of STAR WARS Pose With a Skywalker-Themed Aircraft

Cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker pose in front of United Airlines' Star Wars-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, created to celebrate the upcoming film—the conclusion of the Skywalker saga.


Join fans around the world in celebrating the unparalleled legacy of Star Wars by enjoying and sharing the special look that was shown tonight on ABC's “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” in a salute to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the epic conclusion of the Skywalker saga.


Take a look back at Star Wars' impact on pop culture over four decades of storytelling in this new STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER special look that aired during The American Music Awards. 


How many Broadway shows has Ian McDiarmid been in?

Ian McDiarmid has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Ian McDiarmid been in?

Ian McDiarmid has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Ian McDiarmid's first West End show?

Ian McDiarmid's first West End show was Bakersfield Mist which opened in 2014

What awards has Ian McDiarmid been nominated for?

Ian McDiarmid has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Faith Healer," Performance at the Theatre World Awards for "Faith Dealer," Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Faith Healer," Theatrical Achievement at the Evening Standard Awards, Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role at the Olivier Awards for "Tales From Hollywood," and Actor of the Year in a New Play at the Olivier Awards for "Insignificance."

What awards has Ian McDiarmid won?

Ian McDiarmid has won several awards for his performances in various plays. These include a Theatre World Award for "Faith Dealer," a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for "Faith Healer," an Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Achievement, and an Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play for "Insignificance."

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