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Ian McKellen

Knowledge Identifier: +Ian_McKellen


Ian McKellen

English actoradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1939.

Countries: United Kingdom (55%), United States (28%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Sean Mathias, Patrick Stewart, Waiting for Godot

Linked to: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bolton School, University of Cambridge




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Ian McKellen was born in 1939 add something


Frank Middlemass - During the 1960s, he toured with Ian McKellen's Actors' Company and performed at the Nottingham Playhouse


McKellen and his first serious partner, Brian Taylor, a history teacher from Bolton, began their relationship in 1964. add something


In 1965 he was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, which led to rôles at the Chichester Festival. add something


McKellen had taken film roles throughout his career — beginning in 1969 with his role of George Matthews in A Touch of Love, but it was not until the 1990s that he became more widely recognised in this medium, through several roles in blockbuster Hollywood films. add something


Richard Cottrell - Cottrell was instrumental in the career of Ian McKellen, inviting him to star in, and directing him in, his acclaimed "Richard II" in 1969


Sean Mathias - He has had a notable professional partnership with actor and former lover Sir Ian McKellen since the late 1970s


It lasted for eight years, ending in 1972. add something


Edward Petherbridge - Petherbridge has been a leading actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre; was a founding member of the Actors' Company in 1972; and with Ian McKellen established the McKellen-Petherbridge Group at the RNT in 1985


Jack Shepherd (actor) - In 1972 he was a co-founder member, with Ian McKellen and Edward Petherbridge, of the democratically run Actors' Company, playing Vasques in "'Tis Pity She's a Whore", Inspector of Police in "Ruling the Roost" and Okano in "The Three Arrows" at the Arts, Cambridge in October 1972


Trevor Nunn - Nunn directed the RSC production of "Macbeth" starring Ian McKellen in the title role and Dame Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth in 1976


John Woodvine - Woodvine had a long career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, having appeared in 1976 opposite Ian McKellen and Judi Dench as Banquo in the acclaimed Trevor Nunn production of "Macbeth", which was later recorded for television


In 1978 he met his second partner, Sean Mathias, at the Edinburgh Festival. add something


Sean Mathias - In 1978, Mathias appeared in a production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, during which time he met actor Ian McKellen who subsequently became his lover of about nine years


He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, and knighted in 1991 New Year Honours for his outstanding work and contributions to theatre. add something


David Schwimmer - In 1979, Schwimmer went to a Shakespeare workshop given by English actor Ian McKellen in Los Angeles


Kellen became a well-known figure in British theatre, performing frequently at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, where he played several leading Shakespearean roles, including the titular part in Macbeth (which he had first assayed for Trevor Nunn in a "gripping. add something


William Bast - His script for "The Scarlet Pimpernel" with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen was honored with a Christopher Award in 1982, and his "The First Modern Olympics" won him the Writers Guild of America Outstanding Script for Television Longform Series for 1984


Jane Seymour (actress) - In 1982, she appeared in "The Scarlet Pimpernel" with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen


Bruce Payne - In 1983 he appeared in Michael Mann's horror film "The Keep", alongside Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, Alberta Watson and Ian McKellen, as a border guard


Sean Mathias - Mathias's play "Cowardice" was produced at the Ambassadors Theatre in London in 1983, starring Ian McKellen, Janet_Suzman and Nigel Davenport and received poor reviews


Irene Worth - In 1984, Peter Hall invited her to return to the National Theatre to play Volumnia in "Coriolanus", with Ian McKellen in the title role


Bille Brown - In New York City, Brown made his Broadway debut as an actor in 1986 in Michael Frayn's "Wild Honey" with Ian McKellen, directed by Christopher Morahan, and as a playwright with his adaptation of a benefit performance of "A Christmas Carol" in 1985, featuring Helen Hayes, Len Cariou as Scrooge, MacIntyre Dixon, Celeste Holm, Raul Julia, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harold Scott, Carole Shelley, and Fritz Weaver, directed by W. Stuart McDowell


Kellen claimed that when he visited Michael Howard, Environment Secretary, in 1988 to lobby against Section 28, Howard refused to change his position but did ask him to leave an autograph for his children. add something


This relationship lasted until 1988. add something


Peregrine Worsthorne - At the time of the debate over Section 28 in January 1988 he appeared on BBC Radio Three's "Third Ear" programme and persistently referred to gay men as "them", which caused the other interviewee, Ian McKellen to come out by saying, "I'm one of them myself"


John Profumo - Profumo maintained complete public silence about the matter for the rest of his life, even when the 1989 film "Scandal" - in which he was played by Ian McKellen - and the publication of Keeler's memoirs revived public interest in the affair


Othello - Trevor Nunn's 1989 version filmed at Stratford, cast black opera singer Willard White in the leading role, opposite Ian McKellen's Iago


Joanne Whalley - "' She continued filming, making more films in Hollywood than the UK, including the mystery noir "Shattered" and, in 1989, the role of Christine Keeler in "Scandal" alongside stars John Hurt and Sir Ian McKellen


Kellen contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute. add something


Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - One of the organisation's publications in 1990 was the video 'Parents Talking' featuring an introduction by Sir Ian McKellen


Kellen had a supporting role as a South African tycoon in the critically acclaimed Six Degrees of Separation, in which he starred with Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, and Will Smith. add something


Kellen's knighthood was conferred). add something


In 1995, he played the title role in the critical hit Richard III, which transported the setting into an alternative 1930s wherein England is ruled by Fascists. add something


Olivia Williams - In 1995, she toured the United States in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III" starring Ian McKellen


Stacey Kent - Kent appeared in Ian McKellen's 1995 film version of "Richard III", singing a jazz version of Christopher Marlowe's poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"


Maggie Smith - Other notable roles include the querulous Charlotte Bartlett in the Merchant-Ivory production of "A Room with a View", a vivid supporting turn as the aged Duchess of York in Ian McKellen's film of "Richard III", and a little known but powerful performance as Lila Fisher in the 1973 film "Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing" with Timothy Bottoms


John Caird (director) - He continued to direct plays at the National under the Artistic Directorship of Trevor Nunn with "Peter Pan" in 1997 starring Daniel Evans as Pan and Ian McKellen as Hook and, in the NT Ensemble season of 1999, Bulwer-Lytton's "Money" and his own new version of the Voltaire/Bernstein "Candide", both with Simon Russell Beale and the late Denis Quilley


Brad Renfro - In 1997, he starred opposite Ian McKellen in "Apt Pupil", directed by Bryan Singer


Martin Sherman - Sherman adapted "Bent" for the big screen in 1997 with the help of director Sean Mathias and starring such actors as Clive Owen, Ray Fiennes, Ian McKellen, and Mick Jagger


Jane Hamsher - Subsequently, Hamsher and Murphy co-produced two 1998 films, Brandon Boyce's screen adaptation "Apt Pupil", from the Stephen King "novella", directed by Bryan Singer and starring Ian McKellen, Brad_Renfro, and David Schwimmer, and "Permanent Midnight", adapted by Jerry Stahl and David Veloz from Stahl's autobiographical novel and starring Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, and Elizabeth Hurley; and the 2001 thriller "From Hell", based on Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias' adaptation of the graphic novel "From Hell", by Alan Moore and


James Whale - "Father of Frankenstein" served as the basis of the 1998 film "Gods and Monsters" with Ian McKellen as Whale and Brendan Fraser as Boone


Kellen on a 1999 Gods and Monsters plaque in London's Leicester Square. add something


Noel Coward - A symposium published in 1999 to mark the centenary of Coward's birth listed some of his major productions scheduled for the year in Britain and North America, including "Ace of Clubs, After the Ball, Blithe Spirit, Cavalcade, Easy Virtue, Hay Fever, Present Laughter, Private Lives, Sail Away, A Song at Twilight, The Young Idea" and "Waiting in the Wings", with stars including Lauren Bacall, Rosemary Harris, Ian McKellen, Corin Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave and Elaine Stritch


Dance of Death, at the Broadhurst Theatre in 2001. add something


Kellen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Bath. add something


Elijah Wood - His most hotly anticipated project, the 2001 film gave Wood top billing as Baggins, alongside a cast that included Ian McKellen, Liv_Tyler, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and John Rhys-Davies


Vanessa Stacey - In December 2001, she attended the London premiere of "Fellowship of the Rings" with Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen


In 2002, he attended the Academy Awards with his-boyfriend, New Zealander Nick Cuthell — possibly a first for a major nominee since Nigel Hawthorne, the first openly gay performer to be nominated for an Academy Award, who attended the ceremonies with his partner, Trevor Bentham, in 1995. add something


On 16 March 2002, he was the host on Saturday Night Live. add something


Helen Mirren - Then again in 2002 for August Strindberg's "Dance of Death", co-starring with Sir Ian McKellen, their fraught rehearsal period coinciding with the terrorist attacks on New York on 11 September 2001


Kellen made a guest appearance as himself on the American cartoon show The Simpsons, in a special British-themed episode entitled "The Regina Monologues", along with Tony Blair and J. K. Rowling. add something


McKellen at Europride 2003 in Manchester. add something


Section 28 was, however, enacted and remained on the statute books until 2003. add something


Kellen was conferred an honourary Doctor of Letters by Lancaster University. add something


In April and May 2005, he played the role of Mel Hutchwright in Granada Television's long running soap opera, Coronation Street, fulfilling a lifelong ambition. add something


Kellen became a Patron of Oxford Pride. add something


In 2007 he returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company, in productions of King Lear and The Seagull, both directed by Trevor Nunn. add something


Kellen became a patron of The Albert Kennedy Trust, an organisation that provides support to young, homeless and troubled LGBT people. add something


Kellen spoke at the pre-launch of the 2007 LGBT History Month in the UK, lending his support to the organisation and its founder, Sue Sanders. add something


Jonathan Hyde - In 2007, Hyde played Dr. Dorn in Chekhov's "The Seagull" and the Earl of Kent in "King Lear" for the RSC in a repertory company that included Ian McKellen, Frances_Barber, Romola Garai, William Gaunt and Sylvester McCoy


Frances Barber - She again starred with Ian McKellen in 2007 playing Goneril in Trevor Nunn's production of "King Lear" and as Arkadina in Chekhov's "The Seagull" with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon followed by a world tour throughout the year


In December 2008, he was named in Out's annual Out 100 list. add something


Gene Robinson - Royal Festival Hall - Robinson did however visit the United Kingdom privately in July 2008, during which he participated in a film screening and question and answer session with Sir Ian McKellen at the Royal Festival Hall, and was invited to preach at St Mary's Putney, events which attracted much media attention


In 2009 he appeared in a very popular revival of Waiting for Godot at London's Haymarket Theatre, directed by Sean Mathias and playing opposite Patrick Stewart. add something


X-Men: First Class - In 2009, Ian McKellen confirmed that he would not be reprising his role as Magneto in the "Origins" movie citing his age, and Shuler Donner stated that the movie might never be made, stating it was "at the back of the queue" in the studio's priorities


Patrick Stewart - In 2009, Stewart appeared alongside Ian McKellen as the lead duo of Vladimir and Estragon , in "Waiting for Godot"


Age Concern - The merged charity, now known as Age UK was formed on 1 April 2009, and launched a major branding exercise in April 2010, featuring Brian Cox, Ian McKellen and Eleanor Bron in the charity's first television campaign


Waiting for Godot - On 30 April 2009, a production with Sir Ian McKellen as Estragon and Sir Patrick Stewart as Vladimir, opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London's West End. Their performances garnered critical acclaim, and were the subject of an eight-part documentary series called "Theatreland", which was produced by Sky Arts


Ronald Pickup - Between March and August 2009, he starred as Lucky in Sean Mathias' production of "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett opposite Sir Ian McKellen , Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow


Simon Callow - Between March and August 2009, he starred as Pozzo in Sean Mathias's production of "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett opposite Sir Ian McKellen , Sir Patrick Stewart and Ronald Pickup


Appears on the Scissor Sisters track "Invisible Light", from their 2010 album "Night Work", reciting a passage regarding the "Invisible Light" of the title. add something


In April 2010, along with Brian Cox and Eleanor Bron, appeared in a series of TV advertisements to support Age UK, the charity recently formed from the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged. add something


Anywhere Theatre Festival (Brisbane) - The idea for the festival came about when the world famous Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen was unable to find a venue in Brisbane during his 2010 Australian tour of Waiting for Godot


Eleanor Bron - In April 2010, Bron, along with Ian McKellen and Brian Cox, appeared in a series of TV advertisements to support Age UK, the charity recently formed from the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged


Goldfinger (novel) - On 3 April 2010, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a radio adaptation of "Goldfinger" with Toby Stephens as Bond, Ian McKellen as Goldfinger and Stephens' "Die Another Day" co-star Rosamund Pike as Pussy Galore


Cloud Atlas (film) - By June 2010, Tykwer had asked actors Natalie Portman, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, and Ian McKellen to star in "Cloud Atlas"


Kellen called Sergey Sobyanin, the Mayor of Moscow , a "coward" when he refused to allow gay parades in the city. add something


On 10 January 2011 it was officially confirmed that Mckellen would reprise the role of Gandalf in the three-part film adaptation of "The Hobbit" add something


In May 2011, he called Sergey Sobyanin, Moscow's mayor, a "coward" for refusing to allow gay parades in the city add something


Pete Shaw - In 2011 he worked with photographer Paul Reiffer to create the website for The Grapes, famously owned by Evgeny Lebedev, Sean Mathias and Ian McKellen


The Hobbit (film series) - On 10 January 2011, it was confirmed that Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis would reprise their respective roles of Gandalf the Grey and Gollum from the "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy


Sean Mathias - Mathias is co-owner of The Grapes pub along with business partners Ian McKellen and Evgeny Lebedev, since September 2011


In late August 2012, McKellen took part in the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics, portraying Prospero from "The Tempest" add something


Patrick Stewart - It was announced in November 2012 that Stewart will reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier, alongside Ian McKellen as Magneto, and both their younger counterparts


In 2013 McKellen received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster add something


In November 2013 McKellen appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage "The Five Doctors Reboot" add something


Sean Mathias - Waiting for Godot - In 2013-2014 Mathias directed Waiting For Godot and No Man's Land again starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart on Broadway to rave reviews -- with Ben Brantley of the New York Times calling it "Absurdly Enjoyable"


Derek Jacobi - In 2013, Jacobi starred with Ian McKellen as a bickering gay couple in the &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) sitcom "Vicious"


Patrick Stewart - In March 2013, it was reported that Stewart and Ozell are engaged, and Stewart's "X-Men" co-star Ian McKellen will be performing their wedding ceremony


Billy Crudup - In August 2013, he co-starred with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the Harold Pinter play, "No Man's Land" as well as in "Waiting for Godot" at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre


Waiting for Godot - A new production directed by Sean Mathias began previews at the Cort Theatre on Broadway in late October 2013, with Ian McKellen as Estragon, Patrick Stewart as Vladimir, Billy Crudup as Lucky and Shuler Hensley as Pozzo


McKellen was awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University on 18th June 2014, becoming a Doctor of Letters add something


McKellen was awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University on 18 June 2014, becoming a Doctor of Letters add something


He was made a Freeman of the city of London on Thursday 30 October 2014 add something


In October 2015 McKellen appeared as Norman to Anthony Hopkins' Sir in a BBC Two production of Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser", alongside Edward Fox and Emily Watson add something


Anthony Hopkins - In October 2015 Hopkins appeared as Sir in a BBC Two production of Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser", alongside Ian McKellen, Edward Fox and Emily Watson


In July 2017, he performed a new one-man show for a week at Park Theatre , donating the proceeds to the theatre add something


Chichester Festival Theatre - In October 2017, McKellen played King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre, a role which he said was likely to be his "last big Shakespearean part" add something


Tim Arnold (musician) - Arnold subsequently went on to support and work with Amnesty International at live events across the United Kingdom throughout 2017, including the petition hand-in at The Russian Embassy in protest of Chechnya's gay purge, where Arnold performed the song alongside campaigners Sir Ian McKellen, Peter Tatchell and Sir Michael Cashman


Tom Hooper (director) - Filming will commence on November 12, 2018 and the film, which will star Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James_Corden, Idris Elba and Taylor Swift, will be released on December 20, 2019


Tom Hooper - Filming will commence on November 12, 2018 and the film, which will star Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James_Corden, Idris Elba and Taylor Swift, will be released on December 20, 2019


In 2019, McKellen will star as Gus the Theatre Cat in "Cats", an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, directed by Tom Hooper and will co-star alongside Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba, and Judi Dench add something


Judi Dench - In 2019, Dench will star as Old Deuteronomy in the film adaptation of "Cats" alongside Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, James Corden, and Idris Elba