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Douglas Dickie & Abbie Meehan

The Scottish Star Wars celebrities and where they are now from blockbusters to soaps

It is finally May 4, and Star Wars fans will come barrelling out of the gates to wish fellow sci-fi followers a Happy 'May the 4th'.

Star Wars has been a movie, video game and visual phenomenon since the 1970's, and May 4 is a special date in the calendar globally - it's Star Wars day!

May the 4th is a play on words, as it sounds similar to 'May the Force', which is an iconic line from the films, as a greeting between Jedi's and non-Jedi's alike, as the saying goes - 'May the Force be with you'.

As reported by the Scottish Daily Express, Scotland had a big part to play in the entire Star Wars schedule, from actors to movie locations alike.

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Right from its original inception in 1977, in film A New Hope, Scottish stars of the screen have been fighting against the Dark Side, or even become part of the evil forces fighting against the good guys.

The main man, Ewan McGregor, is well known for his role in the movies, but there are various other stars who crop up in scenes.

So, want to find out more about the Scottish Star Wars characters? Read on below, fellow Padawan:

Alex McCrindle - General Jan Dodonna

Alex McCrindle as Jan Dodonna. (Submitted)

Glasgow-born Alex appeared in the first ever Star Wars film, A New Hope, as General Jan Dodonna.

Before the film, Alex was well-versed in movies, appearing in the likes of Trouble in the Glen and The Kidnappers, before he landed the star role of the military commander of the Rebel's Yavin base.

After Star Wars, Alex went on to star in Taggart and All Creatures Great and Small, before he died in 1990, aged 78.

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Christopher Malcolm - Zev Senesca

Christopher Malcolm as Zev Senesca. (Submitted)

Aberdeen born, but Canadian living Christopher was a recognisable face in both television and theatre.

Appearing in the likes of Highlander, Only Fools and Horses, and Absolutely Fabulous, Christopher played Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.

And in 1980, Christopher starred in Empire Strikes back as Zev Senesca - the Rebel who saves Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in the snow-covered place of Hoth.

Christopher passed away in 2014.

Denis Lawson - Wedge Antilles

Denis Lawson. (Perthshire Advertiser)

Born in Perthshire, Denis Lawson may well have been the saviour of Star Wars thanks to his saving of Luke Skywalker.

Denis landed the role as "Red-Two" for the Battle of Yavin - despite this part being played by someone else in an earlier scene.

During a fight in his X-Wing, Denis saved Luke Skywalker's life by shooting down a TIE fighter on his tail as they battled aboved the Death Star.

Denis went on to star in Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and also returned for the sequel trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker.

He has also appeared in other films such as The Wee Man and Local Hero, and on television in Death in Paradise and Victoria.

Michael Sheard - Admiral Ozzel

Michael Sheard comes face to face with a stormtrooper in 2002. (Birmingham Post and Mail)

Aberdeen-born Michael is an icon to kids who knew him as Mr Bronson, a strict headmaster in show Grange Hill.

As Admiral Ozzel, he oversaw the Empire's attempts to destroy the Rebels on Hoth, an attack that was ultimately a failure.

However, it didn't end well for Ozzel, who had made one too many mistakes for Darth Vadar's liking and he was force choked to death.

Incredibly, neither Bronson or Ozzel were the worst character Sheard, who died in 2005 aged 67, played.

He also appeared as Hitler in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Ian McDiarmid - Emperor Palpatine

Ian McDiarmid terrifying a generation of children as Emperor Palpatine. (Daily Record)

An award-winning stage actor, Scottish actor McDiarmid's most famous role saw him play the terrifying Emperor in five Star Wars movies.

His first appearance came in 1983 when he appeared in Return of the Jedi, seemingly thrown to his death down an exhaust shaft by his once-prodigy Darth Vadar/Anakin Skywalker.

McDiarmid also took on the role for the three prequel movies, giving a perfectly sneaky performance as the Sith lord who was plotting the overthrown of democracy, and destruction of the Jedi.

Sadly, his last appearance as a 'clone' of Palpatine in Rise of Skywalker in 2019 effectively rendered much of the original trilogy pointless.

McDiarmid was born in Angus and is still active in entertainment at the age of 77.

Michael Carter - Bib Fortuna

Not just a pretty face! (Submitted)

Easily one of the creepiest characters in the Star Wars universe, Bib Fortuna was the sleazy majordomo to Jabba the Hutt.

Behind all this make-up, Dumfries man Michael Carter was the one at the helm aiding Jabba to fighting against the Jedi's.

Never far from Jabba's ear with advice, he was less successful at keeping Luke Skywalker out of the Hutt's Palace in Return of the Jedi.

Michael's other credits include An American Werewolf in London, The Illusionist, Casualty and Doctor Who.

David Barclay - Jabba the Hutt (sort of)

Jabba the Hutt. (Submitted)

This one may be a bit of a stretch, but David was one of three puppeteers who controlled the slimy creature in the Star Wars films.

Puppeteer Barclay was born to a Scottish mother and English father and went on to lend his skills to the likes of Alice in Wonderland and The Muppets Christmas Carol.

He was also involved with cult David Bowie weird-fest Labyrinth.

His work on Jabba the Hutt has become iconic, with many memes coming from this hilariously ugly character.

The giant slug-like creature met a grizzly end above the sands of Tatooine, strangled to death by Princess Leia who was dressed in 'that' gold bikini.

Ray Park - Darth Maul

Ray Park, as Darth Maul. (Submitted)

Although the prequels to Star Wars were heavily criticised, nobody could deny that Darth Maul was the coolest out the lot.

Glaswegian Ray Park was the man behind the Maul mask, and only had three lines in the entirety of the movie, before he was sliced in half.

The Sith apprentice with the double lightsabre seemed a perfect fit to take on the role as chief antagonist for the three movies, but George Lucas had other ideas, as he died almost as quickly as he was introduced.

Park has gone to to appear in X-Men and reprised the role of Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story because apparently being cut in half is a minor scratch.

Ewan McGregor - Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor. (Getty Images)

Hello there! It's no wonder this character needs barely any introduction, as Perthshire man Ewan McGregor was a star of the stage even without Obi-Wan.

It was a massive deal across the nation when Ewan took up the role of a young Obi-Wan, and he is still highly praised for the role now.

The star of Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge, Black Hawk Down and MANY more films, still hasn't been put off playing the Jedi master who failed to keep Anakin in check.

He will return to the character in the eponymous Disney+ miniseries.

Lewis MacLeod - Sebulba

Sebulba was voiced by Lewis MacLeod. (Submitted)

A memorable scene in Phantom Menace was Anakin's podrace against Sebulba, a little creature who was intent on beating him.

While Sebulba, like much of the prequels, was CGI, the voice was provided by Scot Lewis Macleod, from Glasgow.

Best known for his voicework, 51-year-old MacLeod has appeared on the likes of Dead Ringers and Newszoids as well as a host of Star Wars and Harry Potter video games.

Lindsay Duncan - TC-14

Lindsay Duncan played Margaret Thatcher in BBC drama Margaret. (BBC)

Born in Edinburgh, Duncan has been recognised for her stage work and appeared in dozens of films and TV shows.

Her filmography includes His Dark Materials, Birdman, Alice in Wonderland, Rome, Doctor Who and Sherlock.

The 71-year-old remains active in the business after a career stretching back to 1975.

Her Star Wars appearance probably won't make her highlights reel. She played protocol droid TC-14 in Phanton Menace.

Yes, that's the silver 'female' C-3PO.

Jimmy Vee - R2D2

Jimmy Vee. (Daily Record)

It is well known that Kenny Baker played R2D2 - but he was turning 80 by the time The Force Awakens hit cinemas in 2015.

That meant the part had to be reprised to someone else, none other than Scottish actor, stuntman and puppeteer Jimmy Vee in The Last Jedi.

R2D2 stole the show in many Star Wars films as the brave little droid who always found himself at the centre of the action.

Vee has worked on a number of projects as a stunt double for little people, including Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. He also had a small role in Solo: A Star Wars story.

Brian Vernel - Bala-Tik

Brian in The Last Kingdom (Submitted)

Vernel brought a very big slice of the city of Glasgow to The Force Awakens with his part of Bala-Tik.

While others might have been tempted to play the part with a generic accent that is hard to place, Vernel kept his Glaswegian twang for the role of the Guavian Death Gang's negotiator who looks to 'sort out' a deal gone wrong with Han Solo.

He then reports Han having BB-8 to the First Order for good measure.

Vernel, 41, has also appeared in Dunkirk and TV show The Last Kingdom.

Emun Elliot - Brance

Emun Elliot. (SWNS)

Another actor at home on screen or on stage, Edinburgh-born Emun Eilliot has several TV and film credits to his name.

He has appeared in the likes of Prometheus, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Filth, Monarch of the Glen and even Game of Thrones.

He starred as communication officer Brance in The Force Awakens and had the horrible task of telling Leia that BB-8 had likely died on Jakku.

Of course, Leia was quick to point out the resourcefulness of droids.

His later message that Hosnian Prime had been destroyed, however, proved correct and may not have needed such a coy response.

Shirley Henderson - Babu Frik

Shirley Henderson attends Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker European Premiere in 2019. (Getty)

Babu Frik ended up being one of the most successful things to come from The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, given the popularity of Star Wars toys.

A droidsmith for Kijimi space runners, Babu, played by Shirley, responsible for bypassing C-3PO's programming so he could translate Sith writing on a dagger and turn his eyes a rather ominous red colour.

Scottish acting icon Shirley was the voice behind Babu, and actually came came up with the language spoken by Frik.

The 56-year-old from Moray has dozens of credits on TV and film to her name but is perhaps best known from Trainspotting, Bridget Jones's Diary and as Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter movies.

Happy May the Fourth to all who celebrate, and have fun celebrating all things Star Wars!

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