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Ian McKellen

British Actor
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Net worth 2018: $55 Million
Residence: Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK
Country: British
BirthDay: 25 May 1939
Sigh: Gemini
Height: 1.8 m
Education: St Catharine's College, Cambridge, Cambridge University, Bolton School, University of Cambridge

Ian McKellen was bornon 25 May 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK, British, is British Actor. McKellen is a British citizen, an acclaimed thespian of the British stage, and a respected film actor. He is well-known for his roles as Magneto in the X-Men films and as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings. His work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre, to popular fantasy and science fiction. McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire, was knighted for services to the performing arts, and was made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality. He made his sexual orientation known to his fellow actors early in his stage career, but he came out to the general public in a programme on BBC Radio 3. He is the co-founder of Stonewall, a LGBT rights lobby group in the United Kingdom, named after the Stonewall riots. He acted in the first of several X-Men movies as the villain Magneto and appeared in the film adaptation of the best-selling book ‘The Da Vinci Code.’ For his work in the film series, he received the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actor, and an Academy Award nomination.


$55 Million


In August 2012, McKellen took part in the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics


In 2009, he appeared in a very popular revival of ‘Waiting for Godot’ at London's Haymarket Theatre


He got the opportunity with Granada Television’s ‘Coronation Street’ in 2005, playing the role of Mel Hutchwright


Mckellen was cast as ‘Wizard Gandalf’ in Peter Jackson’s three series movie ‘The Lord of the Rings’ from 2001


In 2000, he starred in the first of several X-Men movies, as the villain Magneto


The 1998 film ‘Gods and Monsters’, with Mckellen in the lead role, was based on the homosexuality of the film director James Whale


In 1993, he played a South African tycoon in ‘Six Degrees of Separation’


In 1978, he met his second partner, Sean Mathias, at the Edinburgh festival


From the1970s to the next two decades, he became a well-known figure in British theatre, performing at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre


In 1965 he was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at Old Vic


In 1964, he made his first West end appearance in ‘A Scent of Flowers’ in the regional repertory theatres


His first professional appearance came in 1961 when he appeared as ‘Roper’ in ‘A Man for All Seasons’ at the Nottingham Playhouse


Just before the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, his family moved to Wigan

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