Ian McDiarmid Celebrity

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Birth Place: Carnoustie, Scotland

Birthday: April 17, 1944, Aries

Profession: Actor

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Fast Facts

  • Became enamored of acting and the theater at age 5 after his parents took him to see a variety show in Dundee.
  • First acting experience was a role in a primary-school production of The Waltzing Matilda.
  • Performed with Glasgow's Citizens Theatre during the early 1970s.
  • Served as joint artistic director (with Jonathan Kent) of the Almeida Theatre in London from 1990 to 2002.
  • Knew he'd landed a part in Return of the Jedi when George Lucas complimented his nose.


  • 2006, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner


  • University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland (MA in Clinical Psychology); Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland