McKellen at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013.
Ian Murray McKellen
25 May 1939
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Partner(s)||Brian Taylor (1964–1972)|
Sean Mathias (1978–1988)
His work has spanned genres from serious Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction movies.
He is openly gay and is a prominent activist for the rights of LGBT people. He said that the reason why he took the role in the X-Men movies was because of his sexuality. He said: "Mutants are like gays. They’re cast out by society for no good reason".
- Apt Pupil (1998)
- Gods and Monsters (1998)
- X-Men (2000)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
- X2: X-Men United (2003)
- Emile, (2005)
- Asylum, (2005)
- The Magic Roundabout, as Zebedee (2005) (movie known as "Dougal" in the United States)
- Flushed Away, (2006)
- The Da Vinci Code, (as Sir Leigh Teabing) (2006)
- X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
- The Good Liar (2019)
- Cats (2019)
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1208). Time Inc. May 25, 2012. p. 21.
- "Video: Sir Ian McKellen on Edward II and British TV's first gay kiss". BFI.org. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
- Sieczkowski, Cavan (27 February 2014). "Ian McKellen Took 'X-Men' Role Because Of Gay Rights Parallel". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
- Meredith, Charlotte (11 December 2012). "Ian McKellen is battling prostate cancer". Daily Express.
- "10 things we didn't know this time last week". BBC. 14 November 2003. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007.
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