Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the original Star Wars trilogy
Ian looks forward to meeting all his fans in Sydney and Perth in June 2018.
Ian will give a Q&A panel, and pose for studio portraits and sign autographs on Friday in Sydney, and throughout Saturday and Sunday in both cities.
Further information on Ian’s panel and photo sessions will be listed in our Event Programme, released closer to the convention.
Ian McDiarmid is well known for his film and television appearances, and is perhaps most famous for his chilling performance as Emperor Palpatine in George Lucas’s Star Wars films.
Born on August 11, 1944 in Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland, Ian studied for a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, but eventually found that his calling was in theatre. He went to the Royal Academy in Glasgow, where he received the prestigious gold medal for his work.
He now has a highly successful career as a theatre director, and from 1990 until his retirement in 2001, was Joint Artistic Director of London’s Almeida Theatre in Islington.
He and his co-director Jonathan Kent revived the Almeida and persuaded many Hollywood stars including Ralph Fiennes and Anna Friel to tread the boards in their humble theatre. They won the coveted London Evening Standard Award in 1998 for their efforts.
Ian recently can currently be seen playing King Pellenor in the television series Britannia.
This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.
Guest confirmed, health, international travel restrictions and other commitments pending. Further information will be provided via social media should any of these factors impact the guest's ability to attend.
Panel rooms are subject to venue capacity and safety requirements and may reach maximum capacity. Some panels will require patrons to queue for entry prior to the panel commencing. Please follow the directions of the staff.
An additional service charge may apply to Photograph and Autograph Tokens pre-purchased online or at the event.