Cast Profiles: Ian McDiarmid

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Ian McDiarmid has a very successful career as an actor and director, and is joint Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Almeida Theatre in Islington, north London. McDiarmid first worked with Lucasfilm playing the Emperor in Return of the Jedi, directed by Richard Marquand. Additional film credits include Dragonslayer, Gorky Park, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels directed by Frank Oz, Restoration directed by Mike Hoffman and Little Orhpan Annie directed by Ian Toynton.

His theatre credits include: Ivanov, Tartuffe, School For Wives, Creditors, and Kurt Weill Concerts, at the Almeida Theatre; Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, The Party, The War Plays, Crimes In Hot Countries, and The Castle for the RSC; Danton for the RSC and Almeida; Hated Nightfall and Love of a Good Man at the Royal Court; Raft of the Medusa at the Barbican/Radio 3; Edward II and The Country Wife at the Royal Exchange; The Black Prince at the Aldwych, and Peer Gynt and Mephisto at the Oxford Playhouse.

On television McDiarmid's credits include: Hillsborough, Rebecca, Karaoke, Gwyn Thomas - A Few Selected Exits, Heart of Darkness, Final Warning, Creditors, The Nation's Health, Richard's Things and The Professionals, amongst many others.

His directing credits include: Venice Preserved, Siren Song, A Hard Heart, Hippolytus, Lulu, and The Possibilities at the Almeida Theatre, The Rehearsal at the Almeida and West End, and Don Juan at the Royal Exchange.



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