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Ian McKellen


Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 50 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2017 Edmund the Magnificent (Short) (completed)
Narrator
 2018 Family Guy (TV Series)
Dr. Pritchfield
- Send in Stewie, Please (2018) ... Dr. Pritchfield (voice)
 2017 Animal Crackers
Horatio P. Huntington (voice)
 2017 Beauty and the Beast
Cogsworth
 2013-2016 Vicious (TV Series)
Freddie Thornhill
- The Finale (2016) ... Freddie Thornhill
- Wedding (2015) ... Freddie Thornhill
- Flatmates (2015) ... Freddie Thornhill
- Stag Do (2015) ... Freddie Thornhill
- Ballroom (2015) ... Freddie Thornhill
 2016 The Roof (Short)
And Even Yet Another Fan
 2015 The Dresser (TV Movie)
Norman
 2015 Artsnight (TV Series)
Contributor
- Richard Wilson on Samuel Beckett (2015) ... Contributor
 2015 Mr. Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
 2014 George Ezra: Listen to the Man (Video short)
 2014 Miss in Her Teens
The Prologue
 2013 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (TV Movie)
Ian McKellen
 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
 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 The Golden Compass
Iorek Byrnison (voice)
 2007 Stardust
Narrator (voice)
 2007 For the Love of God (Short)
Jackdaw
 2006 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king (Video Game)
Gandalf the Grey / Gandalf the White (voice)
 2006 Flushed Away
The Toad (voice)
 2006 Extras (TV Series)
Ian McKellen
- Sir Ian McKellen (2006) ... Ian McKellen
 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
 2006 The Da Vinci Code
Sir Leigh Teabing
 2006 Doogal
Zebedee (voice)
 2006 Displaced (voice)
 2005 Eighteen
Jason Anders (voice)
 2005 Neverwas
Gabriel Finch
 2005 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Mel Hutchwright
- Episode #1.6032 (2005) ... Mel Hutchwright
- Episode #1.6031 (2005) ... Mel Hutchwright
- Episode #1.6030 (2005) ... Mel Hutchwright
- Episode #1.6029 (2005) ... Mel Hutchwright
- Episode #1.6028 (2005) ... Mel Hutchwright
 2005 Asylum
Dr. Peter Cleave
 2005 Sprung! The Magic Roundabout
Zebedee (English version, voice)
 2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (Video Game)
Gandalf (voice)
 2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (Video Game)
Gandalf (voice)
 2004 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Pavarotti: The Last Tenor (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
 2003-2004 Churchill (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- The Lion's Roar (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- 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)
 2003 Emile
Emile
 2003 X2
Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto
 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Video Game)
Gandalf (voice)
 2000 X-Men
Eric Lensherr / Magneto
 2000 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
Creakle
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Creakle
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Creakle
 1998 Apt Pupil
Kurt Dussander
 1998 Gods and Monsters
James Whale
 1997 Swept from the Sea
Dr. James Kennedy
 1997 Bent
Uncle Freddie
 1996 Rasputin (TV Movie)
Tsar Nicholas II
 1995 Restoration
Will Gates
 1995 Richard III
Richard III
 1995 Jack & Sarah
William
 1995 Live from the Lilydrome (TV Series)
The Priest
 1995 Cold Comfort Farm (TV Movie)
Amos Starkadder
 1994 Heaven's a Drag
Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
 1994 The Shadow
Reinhardt Lane
 1994 I'll Do Anything
John Earl McAlpine
 1993 Six Degrees of Separation
Geoffrey
 1993 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 And the Band Played On (TV Movie)
Bill Kraus
 1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
Percy Corcoran
 1993 Last Action Hero
Death
 1990 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Iago
- Othello (1990) ... Iago
 1989 Countdown to War (TV Movie)
Adolf Hitler
 1989 Scandal
John Profumo
 1988 Pet Shop Boys: Heart (Video short)
Vampire
 1988 Windmills of the Gods (TV Mini-Series)
Chairman
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Chairman
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Chairman
 1985 Plenty
Sir Andrew Charleson
 1985 Zina
Kronfeld
 1983 The Keep
Dr. Theodore Cuza
 1983 Walter & June (TV Movie)
Walter
 1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie)
Chauvelin
 1982 Walter (TV Movie)
Walter
 1981 Priest of Love
D.H. Lawrence
 1980 Play for Today (TV Series)
 1980 Armchair Thriller (TV Series)
Antony 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
- The Moon in the Cloud (1978) ... 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
- Hedda Gabler (1972) ... George Tesman
- Ross (1970) ... Ross / T.E. Lawrence
- Hay Fever (1968) ... Simon Bliss
 1972 Country Matters (TV Mini-Series)
David Masterman
- Craven Arms (1972) ... David Masterman
 1972 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lyov
- The Last Journey (1972) ... Lyov
 1971 The Tragedy of King Richard II (TV Movie)
King Richard II
 1970/I Hamlet (TV Movie)
Hamlet
 1970 Edward II (TV Movie)
King Edward
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
John Keats
- Ian McKellen as John Keats (1970) ... John Keats
 1969 The Promise
Leonidik
 1969/I Alfred the Great
Roger
 1969 A Touch of Love
George
 1966 David Copperfield (TV Series)
David Copperfield
- Home at Last (1966) ... David Copperfield
- Fortunes Restored (1966) ... David Copperfield
- 'Umble Aspirations (1966) ... David Copperfield
- Toll of the Sea (1966) ... David Copperfield
- Domestic Tangles (1966) ... David Copperfield
 1965 Sunday Out of Season (TV Movie)
Victor Leech
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Wolf
 1964 The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (TV Series)
Plowden
- The Tomb of His Ancestors (1964) ... Plowden
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Ronald Mavor's play, "A Private Matter", at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland with Dorothy Reynolds, Derek Fowlds, Peter Cellier and Alastair Sim in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 14 Interviews | 17 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I am encouraged by the theatricality of [J.R.R. Tolkien's] readings - full of rhythm and humor and characterization. Without question Gandalf is like Tolkien but then so, I suspected, are Frodo and Aragorn. See more »

Trivia:

Began acting as a means of escape from mourning after his mother's death and constant bullying at school from fellow students. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctively calm style of speaking. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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