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Ian McKellen


Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 50 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2017 Edmund the Magnificent (Short) (completed)
Narrator
 2016 The Roof (Short)
And Even Yet Another Fan
 2015 The Dresser (TV Movie)
Norman
 2015 Artsnight (TV Series)
Contributor
- Richard Wilson on Samuel Beckett (2015) ... Contributor
 2014 George Ezra: Listen to the Man (Video short)
 2013 The Wolverine
Magneto (uncredited)
 2013 The Egg Trick (Short)
Magician
 2012 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Great Intelligence
- The Snowmen (2012) ... Great Intelligence (voice)
 2012 The Academy: Special (TV Movie)
Murray
 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)
Murray
 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)
Jackdaw
 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)
Narrator
- Pavarotti: The Last Tenor (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
 2003-2004 Churchill (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- The Lion's Roar (2004) ... Narrator
- Destiny (2004) ... Narrator
- The Last Prize (2003) ... Narrator
 2003 Emile
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)
Creakle
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Creakle
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Creakle
 1997 Swept from the Sea
Dr. James Kennedy
 1996 Rasputin (TV Movie)
Tsar Nicholas II
 1995 Restoration
Will Gates
 1995 Jack & Sarah
William
 1995 Live from the Lilydrome (TV Series)
The Priest
 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)
Iago
- Othello (1990) ... Iago
 1989 Countdown to War (TV Movie)
Adolf Hitler
 1988 Pet Shop Boys: Heart (Video short)
Vampire
 1988 Windmills of the Gods (TV Mini-Series)
Chairman
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Chairman
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Chairman
 1985 Plenty
Sir Andrew Charleson
 1985 Zina
Kronfeld
 1983 Walter & June (TV Movie)
Walter
 1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie)
Chauvelin
 1982 Walter (TV Movie)
Walter
 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)
Macbeth
 1979 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Alexander
- Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1979) ... Alexander
 1978 Jackanory (TV Series)
Reader
 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 Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lyov
- The Last Journey (1972) ... Lyov
 1970/I Hamlet (TV Movie)
Hamlet
 1970 Edward II (TV Movie)
King Edward
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
John Keats
 1969 The Promise
Leonidik
 1969/I Alfred the Great
Roger
 1969 Thank You All Very Much
George
 1965 Sunday Out of Season (TV Movie)
Victor Leech
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Directed "The Erpingham Camp" by Joe Orton - Palace Theatre, Watford (1972). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 14 Interviews | 17 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I don't approve of titles. I think they get in the way. I do however approve of medals for public service, and that's how I choose to look at it.. [But] other actors said to me, 'Please we need a knighthood. Because when a knight knocks on the door of a government office, it has to open'. See more »

Trivia:

Was offered $1.5 million by Sean Parker to officiate at his Tolkien-themed wedding in 2013, in costume as Gandalf, but declined, saying "Gandalf doesn't do weddings". See more »

Trademark:

Rich and flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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