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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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 2017 Animal Crackers
Horatio P. Huntington (voice)
 2017 Beauty and the Beast
 2015 Mr. Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
 2014 Miss in Her Teens
The Prologue
 2013 The Wolverine
Magneto (uncredited)
 2007 The Golden Compass
Iorek Byrnison (voice)
 2007 Stardust
Narrator (voice)
 2006 Flushed Away
The Toad (voice)
 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 Asylum
Dr. Peter Cleave
 2005 Sprung! The Magic Roundabout
Zebedee (English version, voice)
 2003 Emile
 2003 X2
Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto
 2000 X-Men
Eric Lensherr / Magneto
 1998 Apt Pupil
Kurt Dussander
 1998 Gods and Monsters
James Whale
 1997 Swept from the Sea
Dr. James Kennedy
 1997 Bent
Uncle Freddie
 1995 Restoration
Will Gates
 1995 Richard III
Richard III
 1995 Jack & Sarah
 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
 1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
Percy Corcoran
 1993 Last Action Hero
 1989 Scandal
John Profumo
 1985 Plenty
Sir Andrew Charleson
 1985 Zina
 1983 The Keep
Dr. Theodore Cuza
 1981 Priest of Love
D.H. Lawrence
 1969 The Promise
 1969/I Alfred the Great
 1969 A Touch of Love
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Played Colin in "Ashes" by David Rudkin - Young Vic Theatre, London/ Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton with Gemma Jones, Paul Shelley, and Ann Mitchell in the cast. 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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When I act, some people fancy me and some of them are women. There we are! What's the problem? They don't believe me when I say I am in love with a woman?...They don't believe me when I say I am a wizard? They believe me even though they know I am not. It's all nonsense. Everyone knows we are acting. [In a Reuters interview, responding to those who say that gay actors shouldn't come out because ... See more »


Although he played Maggie Smith's son in Richard III (1995), he is less than five years her junior in real life. See more »


Distinctively calm style of speaking. See more »

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