Ian McKellen | Biography

Posted On: 26 Sep, 2014


Ian McKellen | Biography

Quick Facts

Date of Birth May 25, 1939
Age 80 Years 4 Month(s)
Nationality English
Profession Actor
Wife/Spouse Not Yet
Girlfriend No
Ethnicity White
Is Gay/Lesbian Gay
Partner Brian Taylor(split), Sean Mathias(split)
Divorced? Not Yet
Married Not Yet
Net Worth $55 Million Dolllars
Height 5 feet 11 inches(178 cm)
Weight N/A
Children/Kids Not Yet

I've had enough of being a gay icon! I've had enough of all this hard work, because, since I came out, I keep getting all these parts, and my career's taken off. I want a quiet life. I'm going back into the closet. But I can't get back into the closet, because it's absolutely jam-packed full of other actors.” - Ian McKellen

Known for his rich but flawless voice, Ian McKellen brought the change in entire industry. He is the actor who has been working for 55 years in this field. Though he is British by nationality, he has made his exceptional presence in the Hollywood industry as well. He has won many prestigious awards including Golden Globe Award and Star Guild Award. He was also nominated for 5 Emmy Awards and 2 Oscars. He is best known for his role as Gandalf in “Lord of the Rings Triology” and Magneto in “X-Men films”.

He started his career from theatre in 1959. In his young age, he has appeared in many plays in the stage. He was the well-known actor in British Theatre in 70s. He has mostly done the Shakespearen roles in his plays. In the case of movies, he appeared in many small roles till 1993. In 1993, he got chance to become cast member of the movie “Six Degrees of Separation”. From this movie, his acting was critically praised and also helped to grab some awards. In the same year, he was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor from the movie “And the Band Played On”. This film was also critically acclaimed.

In the start of 2000s, he was approached by Bryan Singer to play the role of Magneto in the X-Men Series. His popularity increased over night from this movie. Simultanously, he was portrayed as the Gandalf in “Lord of the Rings Triology”. He won the Screen Actors Guild for the Best Supporting Actor from this movie and was also nominated in Academy Award for the same category. He also got chance to take the role of the mentor Dumbledore in the movie “Harry Porter”.

In case of drama, he was awarded by many prestigious prizes such as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979 and Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in 1990. For his work in “Wild Honey”, he became the Best Actor in the Laurence Olivier Theater Award. He has been nominated for many awards in the theatre field as well. He was awarded from London Evening Standard Theatre Award as well as London Critics Circle Theatre Award.

Regarding his height, he is 5 feet 11 inch tall. He is sexually a gay. At the age of 74 also, his married status is single. He was involved in two long relationships but broke up with them. He is also the advocator of homosexuality which also cost many times his career as well. He is very close to Patrick Stewart who was the co-star of X-Men. He has no children and did not bother to get a wife and divorce as well. 

He started in acting after her mother was dead. To overcome from this sorrow, he involved himself in acting. He has done many vicious roles in the movies. He has also provided the voice of the great Intelligence in the TV story “Doctor Who”. He has the net worth of $185 million.

You can follow him in twitter to know more about him. His biography is available in Wikipedia and IMDB.