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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 48 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Edmund the Magnificent (Short) (post-production)
 2016 The Roof (Short)
And Even Yet Another Fan
 2015 The Dresser (TV Movie)
 2015 Artsnight (TV Series)
- Richard Wilson on Samuel Beckett (2015) ... Contributor
 2013 The Wolverine
Magneto (uncredited)
 2013 The Egg Trick (Short)
 2012 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Great Intelligence
- The Snowmen (2012) ... Great Intelligence (voice)
 2012 The Academy: Special (TV Movie)
 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)
 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)
 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)
 2004 Arena (TV Series documentary)
- Pavarotti: The Last Tenor (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
 2003-2004 Churchill (TV Series documentary)
- The Lion's Roar (2004) ... Narrator
- Destiny (2004) ... Narrator
- The Last Prize (2003) ... Narrator
 2003 Emile
 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Video Game)
Gandalf (voice)
 2000 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Creakle
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Creakle
 1997 Amy Foster
Dr. James Kennedy
 1996 Rasputin (TV Movie)
Tsar Nicholas II
 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
 1990 Theatre Night (TV Series)
- Othello (1990) ... Iago
 1989 Countdown to War (TV Movie)
Adolf Hitler
 1988 Windmills of the Gods (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Chairman
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Chairman
 1985 Plenty
Sir Andrew Charleson
 1985 Zina
 1983 Walter & June (TV Movie)
 1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie)
 1982 Walter (TV Movie)
 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)
 1979 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
- Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1979) ... Alexander
 1978 Jackanory (TV Series)
 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)
- The Last Journey (1972) ... Lyov
 1970/I Hamlet (TV Movie)
 1970 Edward II (TV Movie)
King Edward
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
John Keats
 1969 The Promise
 1969/I Alfred the Great
 1969 Thank You All Very Much
George Matthews
 1965 Sunday Out of Season (TV Movie)
Victor Leech
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He played the title role in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in a Prospect Theatre Company production at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghshame, England with Ronald Lewis, Faith Brook, Susan Fleetwood, Tim Pigott-Smith, James Cairncross, Julian Curry, Geoffrey Chater, Nickolas Grace, Russell Hunter, Marcia Warren, ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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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[on 'coming out' as being gay] I immediately felt better in every way. I felt relieved that I wasn't lying. You know, when I was growing up in England, there were no gay clubs I knew about. There were no bars. Homosexuals were shamed publicly and imprisoned. You were on your own, looking over your shoulder all the time, hoping in the handshake of a stranger that he might be somebody gay. The ... See more »


Only performer to receive an acting Academy Award nomination for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. See more »


Frequently works with 'Peter Jackson', 'Patrick Stewart' and Andy Serkis See more »

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