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Ian McKellen


Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan. It was in this small town that young Ian... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 The Dresser (TV Movie) (pre-production)
Norman
 2016 Animal Crackers (filming) (voice)
 2013 The Wolverine
Magneto (uncredited)
 2013 The Egg Trick (Short)
Magician
 2012 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Great Intelligence
- The Snowmen (2012) ... Great Intelligence (voice)
 2012 The Academy: Special (TV Movie)
Murray
 2012 London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony: Enlightenment (TV Movie)
The Tempest - Prospero
 2011 Claude et Claudette (Short)
The Voice (voice)
 2011 Lady Grey London (Short)
 2010 E'gad, Zombies! (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2010 A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2010 Small-Time Revolutionary (Short)
Hamish Miller (voice)
 2009 The Prisoner (TV Mini-Series)
2 / Curtis / Un-Two
- Episode 6: Checkmate (2009) ... 2 / Curtis
- Episode 5: Schizoid (2009) ... 2 / Un-Two
- Episode 4: Darling (2009) ... 2
- Episode 3: Anvil (2009) ... 2
- Episode 2: Harmony (2009) ... 2
 2009 The Academy (Short)
Murray
 2008 King Lear (TV Movie)
King Lear
 2008 Great Performances (TV Series)
King Lear
- King Lear (2008) ... King Lear
 2007 Stardust
Narrator (voice)
 2007 For the Love of God (Short)
Jackdaw
 2006 Flushed Away
The Toad (voice)
 2006 Extras (TV Series)
Ian McKellen
 2006 Doogal
Zebedee (voice)
 2006 Displaced (voice)
 2005 Eighteen
Jason Anders (voice)
 2005 Sprung! The Magic Roundabout
Zebedee (English version, voice)
 2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (Video Game)
Gandalf (voice)
 2003-2004 Churchill (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- The Lion's Roar (2004) ... Narrator
- Destiny (2004) ... Narrator
- The Last Prize (2003) ... Narrator
 2003 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Sir Ian McKellen
- The Regina Monologues (2003) ... Sir Ian McKellen (voice, as Sir Ian McKellen)
 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Video Game)
Gandalf (voice, as Sir Ian McKellen)
 2003 Emile
Emile
 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Video Game)
Gandalf (voice)
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Creakle
 1997 Amy Foster
Dr. James Kennedy
 1996 Rasputin (TV Movie)
Tsar Nicholas II
 1995 Restoration
Will Gates
 1995 Jack & Sarah
William
 1994 Heaven's a Drag
Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
 1994 I'll Do Anything
John Earl McAlpine
 1993 Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (TV Mini-Series)
Archibald Anson Gidde
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Archibald Anson Gidde
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Archibald Anson Gidde (credit only)
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Archibald Anson Gidde
 1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
Percy Corcoran
 1990 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Iago
- Othello (1990) ... Iago
 1989 Countdown to War (TV Movie)
Adolf Hitler
 1988 Windmills of the Gods (TV Movie)
Chairman
 1985 Plenty
Sir Andrew Charleson
 1985 Zina
Kronfeld
 1983 The Keep
Dr. Cuza / Dr. Theodore Cuza
 1983 Walter and June (TV Movie)
Walter
 1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie)
Chauvelin
 1982 Walter (TV Movie)
Walter
 1980 Play for Today (TV Series)
 1980 Armchair Thriller (TV Series)
Antony Skipling / Anthony Skipling
- Dying Day: Part 3: Mr. Skipling Fights Back (1980) ... Antony Skipling
- Dying Day: Part 2: Mr. Skipling Finds a Friend (1980) ... Antony Skipling
 1979 A Performance of Macbeth (TV Movie)
Macbeth
 1979 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Alexander
- Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1979) ... Alexander
 1978 Jackanory (TV Series)
Reader
 1974 Late Night Drama (TV Series)
- Graceless Go I (1974)
 1968-1973 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Captain Plume / George Tesman / Ross / ...
- The Recruiting Officer (1973) ... Captain Plume
- Ross (1970) ... Ross / T.E. Lawrence
- Hay Fever (1968) ... Simon Bliss
 1972 Country Matters (TV Mini-Series)
David Masterman
 1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lyov
- The Last Journey (1972) ... Lyov
 1970/I Hamlet (TV Movie)
Hamlet
 1970 Edward II (TV Movie)
King Edward
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
John Keats
 1969 The Promise
Leonidik
 1969/I Alfred the Great
Roger
 1969 Thank You All Very Much
George Matthews
 1965 Sunday Out of Season (TV Movie)
Victor Leech
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Other Works:

Plays 'Sorin' in "The Seagull" by Anton Chekov, first on a worldwide tour, then in residence at the New London Theatre. He performed alongside Frances Barber, Jonathan Hyde, Monica Dolan and Romola Garai. The last performance of "The Seagull" was Saturday, 12th January, 2008. He played alternatively with William Gaunt (who ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 14 Interviews | 16 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

[12/5/03, on initially thinking it crazy to release the LOTR trilogy 12 months apart] I thought people wouldn't remember what happened a year ago. But I hadn't factored that they would be so successful at the box office, and that so many people would buy the DVD and videos in between the release of each film. I had thought the whole enterprise was doomed, because of the release pattern. I'm very ... See more »

Trivia:

Had Maggie Smith play his mother in Richard III (1995), and then played her on an episode of "Saturday Night Live". In the BBC Radio production of "Goldfinger", he worked with her real son, Toby Stephens. Smith's former husband, Sir Robert Stephens, also played Aragorn in the BBC Radio version of "The Lord of the Rings". See more »

Trademark:

Distinctively calm style of speaking See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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