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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 & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Animal Crackers (post-production)
Horatio P. Huntington (voice)
 2013 The Wolverine
Magneto (uncredited)
 2007 Stardust
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 2006 Flushed Away
The Toad (voice)
 2006 Doogal
Zebedee (voice)
 2006 Displaced (voice)
 2005 Eighteen
Jason Anders (voice)
 2005 Sprung! The Magic Roundabout
Zebedee (English version, voice)
 2003 Emile
 1997 Amy Foster
Dr. James Kennedy
 1995 Restoration
Will Gates
 1995 Jack & Sarah
 1994 Heaven's a Drag
Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
 1994 I'll Do Anything
John Earl McAlpine
 1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
Percy Corcoran
 1985 Plenty
Sir Andrew Charleson
 1985 Zina
 1969 The Promise
 1969/I Alfred the Great
 1969 Thank You All Very Much
George Matthews
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He played Claudio in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi, Lynn Redgrave, Edward Petherbridge, Frank Finlay, Ronald Pickup, Michael York, and Christopher Timothy in the ... See more »

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

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Alternate Names:

Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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I think it's one thing to declare your sexuality, if you care about what that is. It's another thing to start talking in public about what you do in private and who you do it with. It's not that they [my significant others] don't want to be identified as gay, but that they don't want to be identified as ... with me. See more »


Graduated with a 2:2 in English from Cambridge University. See more »


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