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Ian McDiarmid

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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:
   London Film & Comic Con 2014 - July 11-13 in London, UK
   London Film & Comic Con 2016 - July 29-31 in London, UK
   Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 - April 13-16 in Orlando, FL
   London Film & Comic Con 2017 - July 28-30 in London, UK
   Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 - November 10-12 in Providence, RI cancelled appearance
   Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 2018 - March 9-11 in Lexington, KY
   Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018 - April 6-8 in San Jose, CA
   Steel City Con 2018 - April 13-15 in Monroeville, PA
   Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Sydney 2018 - June 15-17 in Sydney, NSW, Australia
   Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Perth 2018 - June 22-24 in Perth, WA, Australia
   Fanboy Expo Knoxville Comic Con 2018 - June 29 - July 1 in Knoxville, TN

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