Star Wars Celebration has announced that actor Ian McDiarmid, who played Emperor and Senator Palpatine in the Star Wars Trilogies, will be appearing on-stage and signing autographs. Ian McDiarmid joins fellow Star Wars Saga actors and actresses Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Jeremy Bulloch, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA. To buy your tickets to Star Wars Celebration, which will be held April 16-19, 2015, be sure to visit StarWarsCelebration.com.
Ian McDiarmid, the actor who unforgettably played the evil galactic mastermind and the ultimate villain of the Star Wars saga, will make a rare convention appearance at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, appearing on-stage and signing autographs.
In 1983, McDiarmid embodied the full depth of the dark side as the Emperor in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, his face hidden under ghastly makeup and his eyes concealed behind sickly yellow contact lenses. When his true face was revealed as the apparently kind and helpful Senator Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999), he projected a different kind of evil – a subtle manipulator of galactic events, a villain hidden in plain sight. As the prequels progressed, so too did Palpatine’s plans until finally, in Revenge of the Sith (2005), McDiarmid got to play evil at its fullest, and revealed the true power of Darth Sidious.
Ian McDiarmid is a veteran performer and director on the London stage, and has received acclaim for his work in Shakespeare and modern fare. From 1990 to 2002, he was the joint artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, where he helped transform it into an international theater of world renown. In addition to Palpatine, moviegoers know McDiarmid from such roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dragonslayer and Sleepy Hollow. A lover of fine music, McDiarmid was the host of the DVD edition of Star Wars: A Musical Journey that accompanied the soundtrack release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. He was recently seen in the television mini-series 37 Days portraying Edward Grey.
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