Sir Ian McKellen is a cult English actor, perhaps best known for his roles in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy. Both trilogies are set in the same universe and they feature the actor who plays the same character, Gandalf, in all six films. He is also known for his role in the X-Men franchise.
Before Sir Ian McKellen appeared in blockbusters, he was best known for his work in plays. He began his career in 1961, when he joined the Belgrade Theatre Company, while in 1965 he made his first appearance in the West End, and in 1969 he joined the Prospect Theatre Company.
During his time with the Prospect Theatre Company, he played the leading roles in Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II and William Shakespeare’s Richard II, which made him one of the most sought-after actors in England when it came to classical acting.
The actor’s works cover all known genres, including drama, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, and Shakespeare. Consequently, he is considered one of the best English actors of all time. Sir Ian McKellen became a staunch supporter of the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s.
His film roles include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast 2017, King Richard in Richard III, James Whale in Gods and Monsters, Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code, and Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes.
On the occasion of the Queen’s birthday celebrations in 1979, Sir Ian McKellan was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 1991 he was knighted for his contribution to the performing arts. In 2008 he was named Companion of Honor for his contribution to drama and equality. It is wonderful that he has been recognized for his lifelong contributions to issues close to his heart.
Sir Ian McKellen: Bio & Age
Sir Ian McKellen was born on 25 May 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, the son of Margery and Dennis McKellen. The family moved to Wigan shortly before the Second World War, where they lived until he was twelve years old. Then, in 1951, the family moved again, but this time to Bolton. He often said that growing up during the war had a long-lasting effect on him.
The actor is of Scottish and Irish descent. His father, his two grandfathers, and his great-great-grandfather were all preachers.
His mother died of breast cancer when he was only twelve years old and his father died twelve years later when he was twenty-four. Sir Ian later revealed himself as a homosexual to his stepmother Gladys.
Ian attended Bolton School (Boys’ Division), which he still supports to this day; occasionally he still goes back to talk to the students. His passion for acting was kindled at Bolton School with its Bolton Little Theatre.
He developed his first fascination with the theatre when he visited Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House at the age of three. His fascination was encouraged by his parents and his older sister Jean. His sister took him to his first Shakespeare play “Twelfth Night”, which was performed by amateurs.
When the actor was eighteen years old, he received a scholarship to study English literature at St. Catherine’s College in Cambridge. At university he joined the Marlowe Society, the theatre club of Cambridge University, and in three years he appeared in over 23 plays, starting his career in the best possible way.
Who Is His Boyfriend?
Although Sir Ian McKellen was in some public relations, the actor remains single from now on. However, before that, he had a relationship with Welsh actor Sean Mathias from 1978 to 1988. He also had a relationship with the painter Nick Cuthell from 2002 to 2003.
His other relationships include those with Brian Taylor, a history teacher from 1964 to 1972; Rupert Everett, a British actor; and Greg Nickels.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
The height of the actor is currently indicated as 181 cm (5’11”) and his weight is indicated as 69 kg (151 lbs). His actual dietary routine and exercise schedule, if he exercises, are not currently known to the public.
But as an actor, you can be sure that he is taking the necessary steps to stay healthy and active.
Sir Ian McKellen: Dead or Alive?
Sir Ian McKellen joined a league of actors to spread rumors about his death in media headlines and blog columns. However, the actor remains alive and well and is still active in Hollywood and the theatre.
Sir Ian McKellen currently has a total net worth of $55 million. This is due to his long acting career, during which he has been involved in several successful blockbuster franchises and was one of the most sought-after theatre actors in history. It is obvious that the actor has done quite well over the decades.