Ian McDiarmid (born August 11, 1944) portrayed Sheev Palpatine in the Star Wars films. He appears in every film of the prequel trilogy, as well as in Return of the Jedi. He did not play the Emperor in the original release of The Empire Strikes Back, but was edited in for the DVD release of the original trilogy. He has the distinction of being one of the few actors from the original trilogy to reprise the role of a Human character in the prequel trilogy.
McDiarmid also worked with George Lucas on Lucas's 1992 television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, in which McDiarmid portrayed Professor Levi in the episode "Paris, October 1916."
McDiarmid has also had a distinguished career in British theatre, working as Associate Artistic Director for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (1986 - 1989), joint Artistic Director at London's Almedia Theatre (1990 - 2002) and as a Board Member of the National Theatre of Scotland.
Recent and upcoming projects include a return to the role of Teddy in Brian Friel's Faith Healer (for which he won a Tony award) and in the world premiere of Robert Holman's Jonah & Otto, which marks his return to the Royal Exchange.
Convention Guest Appearances
- Washington State Summer Con 2022 - June 17-19, 2022 in Puyallup, WA
- Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022 - May 26-29, 2022 in Anaheim, CA 2021
- German Comic Con Dortmund Winter Edition 2021 - December 3-5, 2021 in Dortmund, Germany
- Wales Comic Con: Telford Takeover 2021 - November 20-21, 2021 in Telford, UK
Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 2021 - September 9-12, 2021 in Lexington, KYCancelled Appearance 2020
- Armageddon Auckland 2020 - October 23-26, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand Live via Video Feed
German Comic Con Dortmund Spring 2020 - August 1-2, 2020 in Dortmund, GermanyConvention Cancelled German Comic Con Dortmund Spring 2020 - May 2-3, 2020 in Dortmund, GermanyConvention Postponed 2019
- FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2019 - September 5-7, 2019 in Salt Lake City, UT
- London Film & Comic Con 2019 - July 26-28, 2019 in London, UK
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 - April 11-15, 2019 in Chicago, IL 2018
- FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2018 - September 6-8, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT
- Fanboy Expo Knoxville Comic Con 2018 - June 29 - July 1, 2018 in Knoxville, TN
Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Perth 2018 - June 22-24, 2018 in Perth, Western Australia, AustraliaCancelled Appearance Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Sydney 2018 - June 15-17, 2018 in Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaCancelled Appearance
- Steel City Con 2018 - April 13-15, 2018 in Monroeville, PA
- Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018 - April 6-8, 2018 in San Jose, CA
- Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 2018 - March 9-11, 2018 in Lexington, KY 2017
Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 - November 10-12, 2017 in Providence, RICancelled Appearance
- London Film & Comic Con 2017 - July 28-30, 2017 in London, UK
- Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 - April 13-16, 2017 in Orlando, FL 2016
- London Film & Comic Con 2016 - July 29-31, 2016 in London, UK 2014
- London Film & Comic Con 2014 - July 11-13, 2014 in London, UK
16 confirmed guest appearances