May 25, 1939
81 years old
5 ft 11 in | 180 cm
69 kg | 152 lbs
Sir Ian Murray McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, on May 25, 1939, is an English actor.
Young Ian McKellen first started performing on stage, at Bolton Little Theatre.
He was a member of the Marlowe Society at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and appeared in 23 plays.
He landed his professional stage debut in a play "A Man for All Seasons" (1961) in role as Roper, at the Belgrade Theatre.
He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Antonio Salieri in a play "Amadeus" (1981).
He won six Laurence Olivier Awards and four Drama Desk Awards.
He got his television debut in the British period drama series The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964) in episode "The Tomb of His Ancestors", in role as Plowden.
He made his big screen debut in British drama movie The Promise (1969) in role as Leonidik.
Ian's breakthrough performance came as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III in British drama film Richard III (1995), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
Infinitum: Subject Unknown (2021) science fiction in role as Dr. Charles Marland-White, with Conleth Hill and Tori Butler-Hart
The Good Liar (2019) drama thriller in role as Roy Courtnay, opposite Helen Mirren
Cats (2019) musical fantasy in role as Gus the Theatre Cat, directed by Tom Hooper
He portrayed Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
He played Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in the X-Men films:
X2: X-Men United (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
The Wolverine (2013) uncredited cameo
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
He was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as James Whale in drama film Gods and Monsters (1998).
He won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Kurt Dussander in thriller drama movie Apt Pupil (1998), directed by Bryan Singer.
Restoration (1995) historical drama opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Meg Ryan
Bent (1997) drama with Clive Owen and Jude Law
The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) western opposite Bo Hopkins
Cold Comfort Farm (1995) comedy with Kate Beckinsale
Scandal (1989) drama opposite John Hurt and Bridget Fonda
The Shadow (1994) superhero with Alec Baldwin
The Da Vinci Code (2006) mystery thriller opposite Tom Hanks
The Golden Compass (2007) fantasy adventure with Nicole Kidman, Eva Green and Daniel Craig
Six Degrees of Separation (1993) comedy drama opposite Will Smith and Donald Sutherland
All Is True (2018) fictional historical directed by Kenneth Branagh
He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Tsar Nicholas II in biographical historical drama television movie Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996).
He guest starred in British sitcom (2006) in episode: "Sir Ian McKellen", for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
David Copperfield (1966) BBC television serial in role as David Copperfield
Windmills of the Gods (1988) CBS two-part television miniseries in role as Chairman
David Copperfield (1999) two-part BBC television drama in role as Mr. Creakle
Coronation Street (2005) British soap opera in role as Mel Hutchwright / Lionel Hipkiss
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Bill Kraus in television film And the Band Played On (1993).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as King Lear in television film King Lear (2008).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Number Two in miniseries The Prisoner (2009).
Vicious (2013-2016) British sitcom in role as Freddie Thornhill
He played Norman in British drama film The Dresser (2015), for which he was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Attended Bolton School in Greater Manchester.
Graduated with a 2:2 in English from Cambridge University.
Has Scottish, Northern Irish and English ancestry.
Has a sister, Jean.
Featured in music videos for:
Pet Shop Boys "Heart" (1988)
George Ezra "Listen to the Man" (2014)
He is a vegetarian.
Friend with actress Rachel Weisz.
He voiced Zebedee in animated adventure fantasy film The Magic Roundabout (2005) and Horatio P. Huntington in animated comedy-fantasy movie Animal Crackers (2017).
He is an atheist.
Ian is a prominent campaigner for LGBT rights.
Was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1979.
He was in a relationship with a history teacher Brian Taylor (1964-1972) and film director Sean Mathias (1978-1988).