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Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy! And… we shall have Peace.

– Darth Sidious, Revenge of the Sith

Today we celebrate Ian McDiarmid at his 71st birthday (born 1944)

Ian McDiarmid was born in Tayside, Scotland and he played Chancellor Palpatine in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith and he played the Emperor in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith.

Here are three interviews with Ian McDiarmid where he talk about playing his iconic character

‘Star Wars’ Emperor recalls his first day on the job

Star Wars Celebration Europe – Words with Warwick: Ian McDiarmid

Palpatine is the man evolving from being a senator from Naboo to become the emperor of the galaxy. But all the time he is Darth Sidious planning his career carefully.