Ian McDiarmid

1944 - Today

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Ian McDiarmid (; born 11 August 1944) is a Scottish actor and director of stage and screen, best known for portraying Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. Making his stage debut in Hamlet in 1972, McDiarmid joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1974, and has since starred in a number of Shakespeare's plays. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ian McDiarmid has received more than 5,089,364 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Ian McDiarmid is the 718th most popular actor (up from 761st in 2019), the 897th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,006th in 2019) and the 108th most popular British Actor.

Ian McDiarmid is most famous for playing Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films.

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Among actors, Ian McDiarmid ranks 718 out of 10,030Before him are Conrad Bain, Rene Russo, Raj Kapoor, Karen Grassle, Maurice Ronet, and Daniela Bianchi. After him are Tom Berenger, Richard E. Grant, Kiefer Sutherland, Martin Balsam, Brian Cox, and Matt LeBlanc.

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Among people born in 1944, Ian McDiarmid ranks 73Before him are Klaus Nomi, Bernard Hill, Kim Yong-il, Peter Tosh, François Cevert, and Makoto Kobayashi. After him are Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Serge Haroche, Jan Guillou, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Daltrey, and Gérard Mourou.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ian McDiarmid ranks 897 out of 6,924Before him are Charles Lightoller (1874), Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806), Rob Halford (1951), Margaret of York (1446), William Carey (1761), and Brian Josephson (1940). After him are Slash (1965), Prince John of the United Kingdom (1905), Kiefer Sutherland (1966), Brian Cox (1946), Ginger Baker (1939), and Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton (1850).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Ian McDiarmid ranks 108Before him are Robert Powell (1944), Benedict Cumberbatch (1976), Michael York (1942), Julie Walters (1950), Bernard Hill (1944), and Orlando Bloom (1977). After him are Kiefer Sutherland (1966), Brian Cox (1946), Ewan McGregor (1971), Tom Wilkinson (1948), Natasha Richardson (1963), and Dominic Purcell (1970).

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