STAR WARS: EPISODE III
REVENGE OF THE SITH
IAN McDIARMID (Palpatine) has a very successful career as an actor and
director. He was Joint Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed
Almeida Theatre in North London from 1990 to 2002.
McDiarmid first worked with George Lucas playing the Emperor in Star Wars:
Episode VI Return of the Jedi, a role he reprised in Episode I The Phantom
Menace, Episode II Attack of the Clones and now in Episode III Revenge of the
Sith. Additional film credits include Dragonslayer, Gorky Park, Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels, directed by Frank Oz; Restoration, Annie: A Royal Adventure and Tim
Burton's Sleepy Hollow.
His many television credits include Hillsborough, A Few Select Exits, Great
Expectations, All The King's Men, Crime and Punishment and Charles II: The
Power and the Passion.
McDiarmid was an Associate Director at The Royal Exchange Theatre,
Manchester, where he played the title role in Edward II, Philip II in Don Carlos
and directed Moliere's Don Juan. He was Bradley Pearson in Iris Murdoch's
The Black Prince at the Aldwych Theatre, and has played leading roles at the
Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre and The Royal Court, where
he won the Society of West End Theatre's Best Actor Award for his performance
as Einstein in Insignificance.
For the Almeida, McDiarmid directed Scenes From An Execution, The Rehearsal
(also West End), Lulu, A Hard Heart, Venice Preserv'd and the opera Siren
Song. His Almeida acting work includes the title role in Volpone, Goya in the
opera Terrible Mouth, Amolphe in The School for Wives, Orgon in Tartuffe, Count
Cenci in The Cenci, Colenso Ridgeon in The Doctor's Dilemma, Barabas in
Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, Prospero in The Tempest and Teddy in Brian
Friel's Faith Healer, for which he won The Critics' Circle Best Actor Award,
Most recently he played the title role of Henry IV in a new version of
Pirandello's play by Tom Stoppard, at London's Donmar Warehouse, winning two
Best Actor awards. His latest stage appearance was the title role in the
acclaimed revival of Edward Bond's Lear.
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