Ian Mcdiarmid Birthday & Fun Facts

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Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Jan 30, 2024 By Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Originally Published on Aug 24, 2022
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About Ian Mcdiarmid

Leading Scottish actor and director Ian Mcdiarmid is best recognized for playing Emperor Palpatine in the 'Star Wars' movie franchise.

He was very famous for his Shakespeare plays. He was also a part of the stage productions of the drama 'Hamlet' in 1972 and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Then he starred in several Shakespeare plays. He also received several awards for his excellent performance and passionate directing. In the past, Ian McDiarmid has worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry, and English-language movies have featured his artwork.

Please continue reading to know more facts about the career and life of Ian Mcdiarmid.

Ian Mcdiarmid Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Ian Mcdiarmid’s net worth?

Ian Mcdiarmid has a net worth of about $10 million.

How much does Ian Mcdiarmid earn per year?

Sufficient details about his annual earnings are not available.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Ian Mcdiarmid?

Ian Mcdiarmid is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall.

How old is Ian Mcdiarmid?

He was born on August 11, 1944, and is 78 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Ian Mcdiarmid was born at Carnoustie, Angus, in Scotland. He has been passionate about theatres since his childhood; once, he, along with his father, went to see a drama named Tommy Morgan.

The act influenced him, and he decided to become a theater artist. To fulfill his father's desire, Ian Mcdiarmid attended Queen’s College, Dundee, and started to acquire his postgraduation in Psychology from there. After that, he was determined to follow his passions. He joined training courses at the ‘Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’ to learn acting, which was situated in Glasgow. He received a gold medal for his work from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Ian Mcdiarmid dating?

As of August 2022, Ian Mcdiarmid is single. He is not dating anyone.

Who is Ian Mcdiarmid’s family?

Sufficient details about his parents are not known.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Ian Mcdiarmid is best known for his performance as Emperor Palpatine in the film series 'Star Wars' in its first episode 'The Phantom Menace'. Ian Mcdiarmid was a leading actor and prominent director in the history of English theatres.

He acted in several plays written by Shakespeare, such as 'Hamlet,' which was released in 1972, 'Macbeth' (1978), 'The Tempest,' 'The Merchant Of Venice' (1984), 'Trevor Nunn' (1976), and 'King Lear' (2005). He also played the role of Ivanov in Tom Stoppard’s play ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favor’ in 1978.

Ian Mcdiarmid was one of the three actors who appeared in the 'Star Wars' trilogy, 'The Rise Of Skywalker', 'Return Of the Jedi', and one another episode. The other two are Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels. He portrayed Palpatine or Darth Sidious in the Star Wars trilogy. He also worked with George Lucas on the 1992 television series 'The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.' In that series, Ian Mcdiarmid portrayed professor Levi in the episode 'Paris, October 1916'.

He also worked as an Associate Artistic Director in British theater for the Royal Exchange Theater, Manchester, Joint Artistic Director at London’s Almedia Theater, and a board member of the National Theatre of Scotland. He later made appearances in movies and tv programs.

What awards has Ian Mcdiarmid won?

Ian Mcdiarmid has won the Oliver award for best actor and a Tony award for best-featured actor in a play.

Ian Mcdiarmid’s Hobbies And Interests

Ian Mcdiarmid was very interested in theatres. Direction, acting, writing, and reading were prominent among his interests.

Other Interesting Ian Mcdiarmid Facts And Trivia

  • As of August 2022, he has amassed 14000 followers on Instagram.
  • At the University of St. Andrews, he pursued a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology but ultimately realized that theater was where he belonged.
  • His zodiac sign is Leo.

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Scottish Actor, Director


University of St Andrews

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