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 the villain 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 5,664,441 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 37 in 2019). Ian McDiarmid is the 800th most popular actor (down from 718th in 2019), the 952nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 897th in 2019) and the 124th most popular Actor.

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

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Among actors, Ian McDiarmid ranks 800 out of 9,996Before him are Richard S. Castellano, Britt Ekland, Carl Reiner, David Caruso, Coluche, and Michael Palin. After him are Stanley Tucci, Josh Brolin, Alan Ladd, Richard Schiff, Cybill Shepherd, and Martin Balsam.

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Among people born in 1944, Ian McDiarmid ranks 93Before him are Mairead Maguire, Antonio Damasio, Charles Sobhraj, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Karl Jenkins, and Coluche. After him are Keith Emerson, Gianni Morandi, Karin Schubert, Makoto Kobayashi, Ren Zhengfei, and Roger Scruton.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ian McDiarmid ranks 952 out of 7,765Before him are Thomas De Quincey (1785), Anne Hyde (1637), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (1982), John Berger (1926), John Hawkwood (1320), and Michael Palin (1943). After him are Ron Dennis (1947), Michael Smith (1932), William Bligh (1754), Adam Ferguson (1723), E. E. Evans-Pritchard (1902), and Keith Emerson (1944).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Ian McDiarmid ranks 124Before him are Stephen Boyd (1931), Oliver Reed (1938), Jill Ireland (1936), Brian Cox (1946), Orlando Bloom (1977), and Michael Palin (1943). After him are Denholm Elliott (1922), Eric Idle (1943), Michael York (1942), Ray Milland (1907), James Mason (1909), and Sebastian Shaw (1905).

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