Ian McDiarmid is an award winning actor/director known mostly in pop culture circles for his iconic role as the master manipulator Sith Lord - Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars.
Ian’s acting career started on stage with roles in Hamlet, Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing but was cast by George Lucas in Return of the Jedi after playing a small role in the movie Dragonslayer.
Ian was asked back to reprise the role in the 1999 movie The Phantom Menace as Senator Sheev Palpatine / Darth Sidius. The character played a key role in the prequels, manipulating Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi Council and the Galactic Senate to form what eventually became the Empire we know and love from the original trilogy.
Ian also played Dr. Thomas Lancaster in the 1999 Tim Burton movie Sleepy Hollow, alongside Casper Van Dien, Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and Michael Gambon.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Awakening (1984)
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993)
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (2004 DVD edition)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Ian will be attending For The Love of Sci-Fi 2017 on both days of the event.
Photo of you and Ian: £60
"I suppose it's easy to play a hypocritical politician with a smiling face; it's also quite gratifying to play."
A selection of autograph photos available at the event. If you are not attending you can order them to be posted to you, or send in your own photos/items to be signed - email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order.