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Ian McDiarmid to Appear at Celebration Europe

"The Emperor is coming here...?" That famous line from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi now applies not just to the Death Star, but also to Celebration Europe.

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 Europe, appearing on-stage and signing autographs.

McDiarmid appeared in the Opening Ceremonies at Celebration Europe in London in 2007. This summer's event will mark the first Celebration Europe at which the highly sought-after actor will appear to sign autographs and chat on the Celebration Stage, offering attendees a rare opportunity to hear about the making of Star Wars from his perspective.

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 intensive makeup and his eyes concealed behind 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 theatre 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.

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