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Sir Ian McKellen CH, CBE

Last updated 22 April 2015

Sir Ian McKellen CH, CBE
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Ian Murray McKellen

Born: Thu 25th May 1939 (age: 76)

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Sir Ian McKellen is an award winning actor, appearing in some of the most successful film franchises of recent years, X Men and The Lord of the Rings. Other notable roles include playing the eponymous lead in Richard III, Six Degrees of Separation, Apt Pupil, and The Da Vinci Code amongst many others. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1999 for Gods and Monsters, and in 2002 for The Fellowship of the Ring, and for the BAFTA for both Fellowship and Return of the King, and for Richard III.

His theatre career is also very extensive, and has appeared in a number of Royal Shakespeare Company performances, including lead roles in Macbeth and Othello, and more recently in King Lear. In 2009 he appeared in the popular revival of Waiting for Godot opposite Patrick Stewart.

For television, he recently played Number 2 in the remake of The Prisoner, and is shortly to appear alongside old university friend Sir Derek Jacobi in Vicious Old Queens for ITV. In 2005 he fulfilled a lifetime ambition to play a character in long-running soap Coronation Street and in 2012 finally made it into Doctor Who!

A long-term campaigner for equal rights for non-heterosexual relationships, McKellen was a co-founder of Stonewall, an LGBT rights lobby group in the UK.