Ian most recently starred in WHAT SHADOWS at the Birmingham Rep. He has just completed filming on Sky Atlantic's BRITANNIA as King Pellenor. As a leading theatre actor, he has appeared with all the major U.K. companies, in the West End and on Broadway, receiving many awards, including an Olivier and a Tony. From 1990 to 2002, he was joint Artistic Director of London's Almeida Theatre, helping to establish its international reputation. Ian is most famously known for his role as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in the STAR WARS Franchise.