Ian McDiarmid Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Ian McDiarmid Quick Info
Height5 ft 10 in
Weight70 kg
Date of BirthAugust 11, 1944
Zodiac SignLeo
Eye ColorBlue

Ian McDiarmid is a successful Scottish actor and director. He is best known for his roles as Emperor Palpatine, Senator Palpatine, and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. He has also done numerous stage plays including several Shakespeare plays like Hamlet (1972), The Tempest (1974, 2000), The Merchant of Venice (1984), and King Lear (2005), Tom Stoppard’s play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1978), and Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (2002).

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Ian McDiarmid

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Ian McDiarmid as seen in April 2019
Ian McDiarmid as seen in April 2019 (Star Wars Theory / YouTube)

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Carnoustie, Scotland, United Kingdom


  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • New York City, New York, United States
  • Carnoustie, Scotland, United Kingdom


Scottish nationality


Ian McDiarmid has an M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s College, Dundee (now the University of Dundee). Later, he attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and did acting training courses.


Actor, Director


Ian McDiarmid is managed by Troika, Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom.




5 ft 10 in or 178 cm


70 kg or 154.5 lbs

Ian McDiarmid as seen in July 2007
Ian McDiarmid as seen in July 2007 (Star Wars / Flickr / CC BY-2.0)

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Ian McDiarmid (Left) and Anthony Daniels as seen in December 2019
Ian McDiarmid (Left) and Anthony Daniels as seen in December 2019 (Anthony Daniels / Instagram)

Distinctive Features

  • Narrow jawline
  • Wears thick-rimmed glasses


He is an atheist.

Ian McDiarmid Favorite Things

  • Art Gallery – The Tate at St Ives

SourceThe Guardian

Ian McDiarmid at the Star Wars Celebration in July 2013
Ian McDiarmid at the Star Wars Celebration in July 2013 (Xanathon / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ian McDiarmid Facts

  1. He has served as Artistic Director of London’s Almeida Theatre in the past.
  2. He had played both the older disfigured role of Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and his younger version in the Star Wars prequels much later.
  3. It almost equally took 2 hours each to do his make-up as well as to remove it during the making of the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) film.
  4. He is known to be the first actor to both physically play a Sith Lord and provide the voice in the Star Wars films.
  5. He had shared a good friendly relationship with fellow Star Wars cast member Sebastian Shaw.
  6. The thing that got him interested in acting was meeting Scottish variety star Tommy Morgan at the Palace theatre in Dundee at the age of 5.
  7. According to him, the soundtrack to his life would be You Make Me Feel Brand New by the Stylistics.
  8. He feels most at home on the stage than on screen.
  9. He admires great theatrical innovators like Peter Stein, Patrice Chéreau, and Robert LePage, painter Neil Canning and choreographer Mark Morris.
  10. An art piece he would want to own is any triptych by Francis Bacon.
  11. He refrains from signing autographs and public appearances for money.
  12. His first role was that of a tramp for the animated version of Waltzing Matilda at a school play in Dundee.

Featured Image by Star Wars Theory / YouTube

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