In 2019, McKellen starred in The Good Liar with Helen Mirren,[58] and additionally played Gus the Theatre Cat in Cats, an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, directed by Tom Hooper, and also featuring Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba, and Judi Dench. McKellen’s subtlety and exactitude as an actor were showcased in the character study Mr. Holmes (2015), about the attempts of a nonagenarian Sherlock Holmes to resolve a case that has bedeviled him for 30 years. His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. [13] When he was nine, his main Christmas present was a fold-away wood and bakelite Victorian theatre from Pollocks Toy Theatres, with cardboard scenery and wires to push on the cut-outs of Cinderella and of Laurence Olivier's Hamlet. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. The series revolves around an elderly gay couple who have been together for 50 years. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... You may be familiar with the 1960s "Rat Pack," but do you know the actors who were part of Hollywood’s "Brat Pack"? The BBC states that his "performances have guaranteed him a place in the canon of English stage and film actors". [21], McKellen attended Bolton School (Boys' Division),[22] of which he is still a supporter, attending regularly to talk to pupils. [44] In his review of the film, The Washington Post film critic Hal Hinson called McKellen's performance a "lethally flamboyant incarnation" and said his "florid mastery ... dominates everything". [19] In 2002, he was the Celebrity Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade[87] and he attended the Academy Awards with his then-boyfriend, New Zealander Nick Cuthell. [59] In June 2020, at the age of 81, McKellen announced that he would play Hamlet again at the Theatre Royal Windsor. In 2006, McKellen spoke at the pre-launch of the 2007 LGBT History Month in the UK, lending his support to the organisation and its founder, Sue Sanders. Greg said on 9/Sep/13 If Patrick stewart is listed at 5'8", which seems about right, probably no less, McKellen must be about 5'11" at least, probably closer to … [36][37], To celebrate his 80th birthday, in 2019 McKellen performed in a one man stage show titled Ian McKellen on Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU celebrating the various performances throughout his career. He attended Cambridge University and, since 1961, has worked non-stop in the British theatre. Read an exclusive excerpt below. [13][14] The experience of living through the war as a young child had a lasting impact on him, and he later said that "only after peace resumed ... did I realise that war wasn't normal. [64] In the late 1980s, he lost his appetite for every kind of meat but fish, and has since followed a mainly pescetarian diet. He later played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003), a film trilogy based on J.R.R. Veteran actor Ian McKellen has praised his X-Men series co-star Elliot Page for coming out as a transgender, saying that he is happy for him. They lived there until Ian was twelve years old, before relocating to Bolton in 1951, after his father had been promoted. He has also received nominations for two Academy Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards, and four BAFTAs. "[69], McKellen became an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church in early 2013[70] in order to preside over the marriage of his friend and X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart to the singer Sunny Ozell. [52] In 2013, McKellen co-starred in the ITV sitcom Vicious as Freddie Thornhill, alongside Derek Jacobi. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ian-McKellen, Ian McKellen - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Page, the Oscar-nominated star of films such as Juno and Inception, had in December 2020 came out as a transgender in a statement posted on Twitter.. In the 1970s, McKellen became a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain. In 1969, he was invited to join the Prospect Theatre Company to play the lead parts in Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II, and he firmly established himself as one of the country's foremost classical actors. Reflecting on his own experience as a gay man in Hollywood, McKellen told Attitude Magazine that … [27][28][29] During this period McKellen had already been directed by Peter Hall, John Barton and Dadie Rylands, all of whom would have a significant impact on McKellen's future career. His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. While in New Zealand filming The Hobbit in 2012, he announced a special New Zealand tour "Shakespeare, Tolkien, and You! Ian McKellen is a revered, award-winning British actor of stage and screen known for his starring roles in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'X-Men' films. ", with proceeds going to help save the Isaac Theatre Royal, which suffered extensive damage during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. He was named to the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in 2007. He appeared in the modestly acclaimed film[46] Apt Pupil, which was directed by Bryan Singer and based on a story by Stephen King. McKellen made his first professional appearance in 1961 at the Belgrade Theatre, as Roper in A Man for All Seasons, although an audio recording of the Marlowe Society's Cymbeline had gone on commercial sale as part of the Argo Shakespeare series. 1981 Press Photo Ian McKellen, Janet Suzman in "Priest of Love" - hcp31706. This relationship lasted until 1988, and according to Mathias, was tempestuous, with conflicts over McKellen's success in acting versus Mathias's somewhat less-successful career. McKellen’s other movie credits included the X-Men series (2000, 2003, 2006, 2014), in which he was cast as supervillain Magneto, and The Da Vinci Code (2006). Sir Ian McKellen Is So Proud of Elliot Page for Coming Out as Trans The actor also reminisced about working with Page in the 2006 film X-Men: The … [33] In late August 2012, he took part in the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics, portraying Prospero from The Tempest. Ian McKellen’s long and celebrated career began in the 1950s as a renowned theater actor in London. [90], In 2010, McKellen extended his support for Liverpool's Homotopia festival in which a group of gay and lesbian Merseyside teenagers helped to produce an anti-homophobia campaign pack for schools and youth centres across the city. Ian McKellen is an English Actor well known for his stage acting roles in Shakespeare’s plays, science fiction, and fantasy movies. [77] McKellen became active in fighting the proposed law, and, during a BBC Radio 3 programme where he debated Section 28 with the conservative journalist Peregrine Worsthorne, came out as gay. I've not needed any treatment. While every effort has been made to follow citation style rules, there may be some discrepancies. 2m Followers, 113 Following, 374 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Ian McKellen (@ianmckellen) [41] In 1995, he played the title role in Richard III,[42] which transported the setting into an alternative 1930s in which England is ruled by fascists. [72] He was made a Freeman of the City of London on Thursday 30 October 2014. A six-episode second series began airing in June 2015.[53][54]. He was honoured by the organisation in 2012[98] and hosted their annual Make Believe on Broadway Gala in November 2013. He was awarded Freedom of the City of London in October 2014. Conductor: Yves Abel. Ian McKellen, in full Sir Ian Murray McKellen, (born May 25, 1939, Burnley, Lancashire, England), British actor of great versatility, noted for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and for his eclectic filmography. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). [6][7][8][9] He has been openly gay since 1988, and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements worldwide. In 2009 he appeared in a very popular revival of Waiting for Godot at London's Haymarket Theatre, directed by Sean Mathias, and playing opposite Patrick Stewart. [10], McKellen was born on 25 May 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire,[11][12] the son of Margery Lois (née Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen. [63], McKellen is an atheist. Sir Ian Murray McKellen CH CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. Later in 1993, McKellen appeared in the television film And the Band Played On about the discovery of the AIDS virus for which McKellen won a CableACE Award for Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries and was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. McKellen also starred in the television comedy Vicious (2013–16), in which he and Derek Jacobi played a sniping but ultimately loving gay couple. In 2003, during an appearance on Have I Got News For You, McKellen claimed when he visited Michael Howard, then Environment Secretary (responsible for local government), in 1988 to lobby against Section 28, Howard refused to change his position but did ask him to leave an autograph for his children. During a promotional campaign of his biographical movie, Ian McKellen: A Biography, the actor admitted having diagnosed with prostate cancer, in an interview with the Daily Mirror. He narrated Richard Bell's film Eighteen as a grandfather who leaves his World War II memoirs on audio-cassette for his teenage grandson. During a 17 May 2006 interview on The Today Show with the Da Vinci Code cast and director, Matt Lauer posed a question to the group about how they would have felt if the film had borne a prominent disclaimer that it is a work of fiction, as some religious groups wanted. Ian McKellen stars as D.H. Lawrence, the controversial British writer, and Janet Suzman is his wife in Filmways Pictures dramatic and remarkable love story, "Priest of Love. In 1971 he cofounded the Actors’ Company, a collective of actors who had equal say in the choosing and casting of plays and in the recruiting of directors. [103] A recording of McKellen's voice is heard before performances at the Royal Festival Hall, reminding patrons to ensure their mobile phones and watch alarms are switched off and to keep coughing to a minimum. All three actors gave their time free of charge. [34], In October 2017, McKellen played King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre, a role which he said was likely to be his "last big Shakespearean part". He continued, "And I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing when they've seen it". Ian McKellen full list of movies and tv shows in theaters, in production and upcoming films. McKellen attended St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where as a student actor he was often directed by John Barton, later of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He received honours from the Screen Actors Guild for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his work in The Fellowship of the Ring and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role. [67], McKellen was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006. The other actors of "The Fellowship" (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Sean Bean, Dominic Monaghan and Viggo Mortensen) have the same tattoo. He earned another Oscar nomination (for supporting actor) for his work in the 2001 film. McKellen was knighted in the 1991 New Year Honours for services to the performing arts, and made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality in the 2008 New Year Honours. McKellen also has a history of supporting individual theatres. He achieved wor… [26][78] McKellen has stated that he was influenced in his decision by the advice and support of his friends, among them noted gay author Armistead Maupin. McKellen portrayed a fugitive Nazi officer living under a false name in the US who is befriended by a curious teenager (Brad Renfro) who threatens to expose him unless he tells his story in detail. [66], McKellen has a tattoo of the Elvish number nine, written using J. R. R. Tolkien's constructed script of Tengwar, on his shoulder in reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the original nine companions of the Fellowship of the Ring. Ian McKellen used a recent interview with Attitude Magazine to show support for his “ X-Men ” co-star Elliot Page after he came out as transgender in a December social media post. Ian McKellen is an English stage and screen actor. In 2017 he appeared in the musical Beauty and the Beast. In a recent interview with ‘Attitude Magazine,’ Ian McKellen offered his support and praise to 'X-Men' co-star Elliot Page. Get a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. The two remained friends, with Mathias later directing McKellen in Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2009. [26] He has since been made an Honorary Fellow of the College. He received Laurence Olivier Awards for his work in the London stagings of such plays as Bent (1979), Wild Honey (1984), and Richard III (1991). In 1981 McKellen won a Tony Award for his performance as Antonio Salieri in a Broadway production of Amadeus. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart's Relationship Explained Garry O'Connor explores the fascinating friendship in his new book, Ian McKellen: A Biography . [27] Both of these productions were adapted into television films, also directed by Nunn. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. [71], McKellen was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Cambridge University on 18 June 2014. [97] Only Make Believe creates and performs interactive plays in children's hospitals and care facilities. [102], A friend of Ian Charleson and an admirer of his work, McKellen contributed an entire chapter to For Ian Charleson: A Tribute. In 2019 McKellen starred with Helen Mirren in the thriller The Good Liar, and he also appeared in Cats, an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hugely successful stage musical. It takes... an act of faith. Please refer to the appropriate style manual or other sources if you have any questions. He is the recipient of seven Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics' Choice Awards. [51] McKellen responded, "I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying 'This is fiction.' They lived in London, where McKellen continued to pursue his career as an actor. While McKellen had made his sexual orientation known to fellow actors early on in his stage career, it was not until 1988 that he came out to the general public, in a programme on BBC Radio. [27] In 1965 he was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, which led to roles at the Chichester Festival. [57] Also that year, McKellen appeared in the documentary McKellen: Playing the Part, directed by director Joe Stephenson. From Sidney Poitier to Star Trek, pack your bags and journey to Hollywood in this study of movie stars. This is an original press photo. Who Is Ian McKellen? McKellen is an honorary board member for the New York- and Washington, D.C.-based organization Only Make Believe. He also directed several plays and wrote and performed a one-man show called Acting Shakespeare. Sir Ian McKellen is one of the most high-profile gay public figures in Britain. McKellen said he opted to help save the building as it was the last theatre he played in New Zealand (Waiting for Godot in 2010) and the locals' love for it made it a place worth supporting. [104][105] He also took part in the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony in London as Prospero from Shakespeare's The Tempest. I mean, walking on water? [26] Section 28 proposed prohibiting local authorities from promoting homosexuality "... as a kind of pretended family relationship". Though his interpretations were frequently controversial, his immense talent for acting was unquestionable. After his coming out as gay to his stepmother, Gladys McKellen, who was a Quaker, he said, "Not only was she not fazed, but as a member of a society which declared its indifference to people's sexuality years back, I think she was just glad for my sake that I wasn't lying anymore. [91] In May 2011, he called Sergey Sobyanin, Moscow's mayor, a "coward" for refusing to allow gay parades in the city. In the same year, he appeared in minor roles in the television miniseries Tales of the City, based on the novel by his friend Armistead Maupin, and the film Last Action Hero, in which he briefly played Death opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charles Dance. "[14] When an interviewer remarked that he seemed quite calm in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks, McKellen said: "Well, darling, you forget—I slept under a steel plate until I was four years old.”[15], McKellen's father was a civil engineer[16] and lay preacher, and was of Protestant Irish and Scottish descent. [23] An early fascination with the theatre was encouraged by his parents, who took him on a family outing to Peter Pan at the Opera House in Manchester when he was three. 5'10" seems more believable for Mckellen. Ian McKellen looks shorter then Fassbender and doesn't look 3 inches taller then Patrick Stewart. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1961, McKellen made his professional debut in Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons. Sir Ian McKellen received the coronavirus vaccine in London and he’s hoping to convince other people to do the same as soon as possible. [65] In 2001, Ian McKellen received the Artist Citizen of the World Award (France). He was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979 and was knighted in 1991. He is the recipient of seven Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics' Choice Awards. [99] He garnered publicity for the organisation by stripping down to his Lord of the Rings underwear on stage. With the Prospect Theatre Company, McKellen made his breakthrough performances of Richard II (directed by Richard Cottrell) and Marlowe's Edward II (directed by Toby Robertson) at the Edinburgh festival in 1969, the latter causing a storm of protest over the enactment of the homosexual Edward's lurid death.[30]. [76] The context that prompted McKellen's decision—overriding any concerns about a possible negative effect on his career—was that the controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Bill, known simply as Section 28, was then under consideration in the British Parliament. [26][43] As executive producer he returned his £50,000 fee to complete the filming of the final battle. If you don’t recall, Ian and Elliot starred together in X … Section 28 was, however, enacted and remained on the statute books until 2000 in Scotland and 2003 in England and Wales. "[20] His great-great-grandfather Robert J. Lowes was an activist and campaigner in the ultimately successful campaign for a Saturday half-holiday in Manchester, the forerunner to the modern five-day work week, thus making Lowes a "grandfather of the modern weekend". The 81 … "My upbringing was of low nonconformist Christians who felt that you led the Christian life in part by behaving in a Christian manner to everybody you met. He provided the voice of Gandalf for several video game adaptations of the Lord of the Rings films,[48] then reprised the role on screen in Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit, which was released in three parts from 2012 to 2014.[49]. Photo is dated --1981. [51] McKellen appeared in the 2006 BBC series of Ricky Gervais' comedy series Extras, where he played himself directing Gervais' character Andy Millman in a play about gay lovers. Ian McKellen Says He Is ‘So Happy’ Elliot Page Came out as Transgender. "Photo measures 8 x 10.5inches. Sir Ian McKellen is over the moon as he revealed that he received the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A versatile actor, McKellen played a range of characters from Shakespearean to contemporary, and many roles (in plays by such authors as Anton Chekhov, Frank Wedekind, and others) in between. Ian McKellen as Richard III gloating, “Was ever woman in this humour wooed?” in, Patrick Stewart (left) and Ian McKellen in Samuel Beckett's, Ian McKellen (left) as Gandalf and Elijah Wood as Frodo in. NHS England said in a press release that McKellen, 81, formed one of the first "eligible groups" for the vaccine, which is being rolled out to people over the age 80, health care workers and care home residents. McKellen has continued to be very active in LGBT rights efforts. [93], In April 2010, along with actors Brian Cox and Eleanor Bron, McKellen appeared in a series of TV advertisements to support Age UK, the charity recently formed from the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged. "[80] McKellen described Howard's junior ministers, Conservatives David Wilshire and Dame Jill Knight, who were the architects of Section 28, as the 'ugly sisters' of a political pantomime.[81]. [43] McKellen co-produced and co-wrote the film, adapting the play for the screen based on a stage production of Shakespeare's play directed by Richard Eyre for the Royal National Theatre in which McKellen had appeared. He was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1998 film Gods and Monsters, wherein he played James Whale, the director of Show Boat (1936) and Frankenstein. The documentary explores McKellen's life and career as an actor. I am examined regularly and the cancer is contained. McKellen's acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre, of which he is now the patron. 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[26] In a 1998 interview that discusses the 29th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, McKellen commented, I have many regrets about not having come out earlier, but one of them might be that I didn't engage myself in the politicking. McKellen was nominated by London's Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf, who said he was chosen as he was an "exceptional actor" and "tireless campaigner for equality". [61] Their relationship lasted for eight years, ending in 1972. Ian McKellen, however, who previously worked with Page on X-Men: The Last Stand, has now admitted disappointment in himself for not realizing they were struggling with their identity at … [17] Both of McKellen's grandfathers were preachers, and his great-great-grandfather, James McKellen, was a "strict, evangelical Protestant minister" in Ballymena, County Antrim. [83] McKellen is also patron of LGBT History Month,[84] Pride London, Oxford Pride, GAY-GLOS, LGBT Foundation,[85] and FFLAG where he appears in their video "Parents Talking". McKellen, who was homosexual, was a noted gay rights activist. [82], McKellen is a co-founder of Stonewall, an LGBT rights lobby group in the United Kingdom, named after the Stonewall riots. The celebrated British … McKellen received a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series nomination for his performance. Ian McKellen is opening up about what he thought about Elliot Page coming out as transgender. [56] In 2017, McKellen portrayed Cogsworth in the live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon (which marked the third collaboration between Condon and McKellen, after Gods and Monsters and Mr. Holmes) and co-starred alongside Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. [74], On 16 December 2020, McKellen received the new COVID-19 vaccine, recommending it to everyone.[75]. [84] In 2007, he became a patron of The Albert Kennedy Trust, an organisation that provides support to young, homeless and troubled LGBT people.[83]. [34], Cosmopolitan – "Ian McKellen bursts into film" – May 1981, CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (. [68] In 2012, he stated on his blog that "There is no cause for alarm. [94], A cricket fan since childhood, McKellen umpired in March 2011 for a charity cricket match in New Zealand to support earthquake victims of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[95][96]. — Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) December 17, 2020. In 1998 he portrayed director James Whale in Gods and Monsters, for which he received his first Academy Award nomination, for best actor. He appeared as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code. [13] Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, his family moved to Wigan. In the 1970s and 1980s McKellen became a well-known figure in British theatre, performing frequently at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, where he played several leading Shakespearean roles, including the title role in Macbeth (which he had first played for Trevor Nunn in a "gripping...out of the ordinary" production, with Judi Dench, at Stratford in 1976), and Iago in Othello, in award-winning productions directed by Nunn. [62] In 1978 he met his second partner, Sean Mathias, at the Edinburgh Festival. McKellen had taken film roles throughout his career—beginning in 1969 with his role of George Matthews in A Touch of Love, and his first leading role was in 1980 as D. H. Lawrence in Priest of Love,[39] but it was not until the 1990s that he became more widely recognised in this medium after several roles in blockbuster Hollywood films. Corrections? In 2007 he returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company, in productions of King Lear and The Seagull, both directed by Trevor Nunn. Ian McKellen receives COVID vaccine 00:42 "Lord of Rings" star Ian McKellen, 81, received a coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, becoming one of the first celebrities to get the shot. For over a decade, he has lived in a five-storey Victorian conversion in Narrow Street, Limehouse. At that young age he was already giving performances that have since become legendary such as his Justice Shallow in Henry IV alongside Trevor Nunn and Derek Jacobi (March 1959), Cymbeline (as Posthumus, opposite Margaret Drabble as Imogen) and Doctor Faustus. 20th Century Fox/YouTube McKellen played Magneto in the "X-Men" movies while Page joined the cast as Kitty Pryde in … John Rhys-Davies, whose character was also one of the original nine companions, arranged for his stunt double to get the tattoo instead. 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