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Eight Scottish actors who brought Star Wars to life

It's one of the most famous film universes ever created with millions of fans around the world with 11 movies, countless books and several TV shows.

And there are plenty of Scots who have played their part in making Star Wars the global phenomenon it has become.

With Ewan McGregor's new Obi-Wan Kenobi show on the way we thought we'd look at the other Scots actors who have starred in the hit film series.

From playing Emperor Palpatine to grumpy pod-racer Sebulba, here are the Scottish stars who brought Star Wars to life on the big screen.

Iain McDiarmid: Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious

Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine (Daily Record)

Veteran Scots actor Iain McDiarmid has been a consistent presence in the Star Wars universe through three trilogies appearing as Palpatine or his alter ego Darth Sidious.

Ray Park: Darth Maul

Ray Park as Darth Maul (PA)

Glasgow-born actor Ray Park played horned villain and Sith Lord Darth Maul in the prequel trilogy, with the character voiced by Shaun of the Dead and Spaced star Peter Serafinowicz.

Brian Vernel: Bala-Tik

Bala-Tik was portrayed by actor Brian Vernel (Disney)

Glasgow born actor Brian Vernel's character Bala-Tik has perhaps the most distinctive Scottish accent in all of the Star Wars universe. His galactic gangster threatens Han Solo in the Force Awakens.

Emun Elliott: Taslin Brance

Scots Actor Emun Elliott (Getty)

The Edinburgh-born actor, 32, played Taslin Brance, a major in the Resistance forces in the sequel trilogy.

Michael Sheard: Admiral Ozzel

Aberdeen-born Michael plays the commanding officer of Darth Vader's flagship the Executor, he famously gets force choked by the Sith Lord after failing to stop the Rebellion at the Battle of Hoth.

Lewis MacLeod: Sebulba

Glasgow-based Lewis provided the voice for grumpy pod-racer Sebulba in Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Denis Lawson: Wedge Antilles

Ewan McGregor (right) with his uncle Denis Lawson (left) (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The much loved character Wedge Antilles was played by Ewan McGregor's uncle Denis Lawson.

Jimmy Vee: R2-D2

Scottish actor Jimmy Vee plays R2D2 in the sequel trilogy (Daily Record)

Scots actor Jimmy Vee starred as R2-D2 in the sequel trilogy, taking over from original star Kenny Baker.

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