He played Kent in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear" in a Royal National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England and Tour with Brian Cox (Lear), Peter Jeffrey, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Susan Engel, Clare Higgins, Eve Matheson, Richard O'Callaghan, Mark Strong, David Bradley, Sam Beazley, Bruce Purchase, and...
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Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen
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It wasn't exactly a mistake, but if there's anything I regret, it's probably having disguised my own native accent. Actors of my generation all tended to speak RP [received pronunciation]. Of course, it's all different now and drama students are encouraged to keep their regional accents and be able to do RP when required. Even at the BBC these days there's no standardised accent, and I rather ...
When he appeared on "Desert Island Discs" (the long-running BBC radio program that asks prominent people what eight pieces of music they would take to a deserted island), the pieces he chose were: 1. "Stars and Stripes Forever" (John Philip Sousa
) performed by Vladimir Horowitz
; 2. Part of "Adagio for Strings" (Barber) performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Geoffrey Simon; 3. Part ...
Distinctively calm style of speaking.