It cannot be denied that Ian McKellen is an icon, a talent for eternity, and a man of seemingly unlimited charm. The English actor may be best known for millennia as the first actor to take the mantle of Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr in the X-Men franchise films.
Before making comic films, Ian McKellen was known for his work in the theatre, for which he won a Tony Award, a British Independent Film Award, six Laurence Olivier Awards, two Critics’ Choice Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, four Drama Desk Awards and two Saturn Awards. The actor is regarded as one of the greatest British actors of all time.
He has also received five Emmy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations, and two Oscar nominations.
Considering the fact that he has received all major British theatre awards and has been nominated for some of the biggest awards in the entertainment industry, he is considered a British cultural icon of high standing. And frankly, there is no one who deserves it more.
Ian McKellan is not only a cultural icon but also a gay icon, having lived openly as a gay man since 1988, paving the way for other gay entertainers who were still in the closet. To this day, he continues to promote social LGBT movements worldwide.
In 2014 he was named Freeman of the City of London, an honor normally bestowed on a valued member of the community.
Ian McKellen: Personal Life
Ian McKellen had a relationship with Brian Taylor, particularly from 1964 to 1972. Brian was a history teacher from Bolton and the couple lived in London so that Ian could continue his career as an actor. The two were together eight years before their relationship ended.
In 1978 Ian met Sean Mathias – a Wales-born actor, writer, and director – and began dating him. The two were together until 1988 when they decided to end their relationship. However, Sean and Ian remain good friends and are even business partners to this day.
Ian McKellen is also an atheist, but he was ordained by the Universal Life Church to lead the wedding of his best friend – Patrick Stewart with Sunny Ozell, an American musician.
Who Is His Husband?
Currently, Ian McKellen is not in any relationship, he has neither a boyfriend nor a husband. Instead, the actor has decided to concentrate on his craft and career. And we have to say that it works for him because he currently has numerous film and television roles on this plate.
Ian McKellen: Relationship With Patrick Stewart
Many have tried to find out the nature of Ian McKellen’s relationship with Patrick Stewart, even going so far as to speculate that the two are in a relationship (although Patrick Stewart is married to a musician). The answer to the nature of their relationship, however, is simple – the two men are best friends of Ian McKellen.
The duo first met at the Royal Shakespeare Company when they performed together in the play “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour”.
However, the two came as close to each other on the sets of the X-Men series as they are now. During the filming for the first entry into the superhero franchise, their trailers stood side by side, so they spent a lot of time in each other’s trailers talking, drinking tea, and exchanging notes. The two have a lot in common, including their shared love of Shakespeare. Their rich, beautiful, and flawless friendship is built on these common interests.
5 Quick Facts About Ian McKellen
1. On 18 June Ian McKellen was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cambridge.
2. Thanks to his date of birth on 25 May, the actor’s zodiac sign is Gemini.
3. Ian McKellen is a good friend of Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis, with whom he has worked in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises.
4. For his role as Gandalf in the first Lord of the Rings movie, he listened to a recording of J.R.R. Tolkien (the author of the franchise) to get really familiar with the character. We have to admit it worked. Ian McKellen’s role as Gandalf was widely and critically acclaimed.
5. Ian McKellen landed the role of Sherlock Holmes in the 2015 mystery film, Mr. Holmes. He was 74 years old at the time, making him the oldest actor to play the role of Sherlock Holmes.