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Ian McKellen net worth:
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Ian Murray McKellen was born on 25 May 1939, in Burnley, Lancashire England, and is one of the most successful and experienced actors in the film industry, known for appearing in such movies as “X-Men”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “Asylum”, “Stardust” and many others. In addition to this, Ian has also appeared in various television shows and has acted in numerous plays. During his career, Ian has been nominated for and has won various awards; some of them include, Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Academy Award, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, Genie Award and many others. There is no doubt that Ian McKellen is one of the most acclaimed actors in both movie and television industries. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 for services to the entertainment industry.

If you consider how rich Ian McKellen is, it can be said that Ian’s estimated net worth is $55 million. Clearly, the main source of this sum of money is Ian’s extraordinary career as an actor, as he has appeared in many successful movies and television shows, and has been active in the industry for more than 50 years. What is more, McKellen has involved himself in other activities as well and they also add to his net worth.

Ian McKellen Net Worth $55 Million

Ian studied at Bolton School and soon became a part of the Bolton Little Theatre, where he started learning the art of acting. Later Ian continued his studies at St. Catherine College, Cambridge, where he belonged to its theatre club, called “The Marlowe Society”. Soon he acted in such plays as “Doctor Faustus”, “Cymbeline”, “Henry IV” and others. In 1961 he appeared in the play called “A Man for All Seasons” and this was the time when Ian’s net worth began growing. Soon Ian became a well-known actor of British theatre and had an opportunity to portray many important roles. In 1964 Ian appeared in his first television show, called “The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling”, and one year later he appeared in “Sunday Out of Season”. Step by step McKellen’s popularity grew and he started receiving more invitations to portray a variety of roles in television shows and movies. In 1980 he was cast in the movie entitled “Priest of Love”, and this added a lot to his net worth.

Since then, he has appeared in various other movies and in 2000 he was cast in one of his most famous roles, that of Magneto in the movie “X-Men”. This movie gained huge acclaim and success and it made Ian’s net worth even higher. During the making of this movie, McKellen worked with such actors as Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, James Marsden and others. Later Ian appeared in other “X-Men” movies and became one of the most popular actors.

Ian then received an invitation to appear in what became other successful movies, “The Lord of the Rings” series, which of course also had a huge impact on the growth of Ian’s net worth, and Ian became one of the most famous and acclaimed actors all over the world. Other movies and television shows that Ian has appeared in include “King Lear”, “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny”, “Flushed Away”, “The Da Vinci Code”, “Mr.Holmes” and others. All these appearances made Ian’s net worth higher.

If to talk about Ian’s personal life, it can be said that he is a homosexual and has publicly spoken about that. In 1964 he started dating his first partner, Brian Taylor. Their relationship ended in 1972 and in 1978 he started a relationship with Sean Mathias, which they ended it in 1988. What is more, Ian is a very active person and he has participated in various campaigns and charity events. All in all, it can be said that Ian McKellen is a very talented and interesting personality, who has achieved acclaim in movie and television industries and in theatre as well. Although he is now 76 years old he still continues receiving invitations to act in different projects and hopefully he will be able to continue his career for a long time.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edmund the Magnificent 2017 Short post-production Narrator
Animal Crackers 2017 post-production Horatio P. Huntington (voice)
Beauty and the Beast 2017 completed Cogsworth
Vicious 2013-2016 TV Series Freddie Thornhill
The Roof 2016 Short And Even Yet Another Fan
The Dresser 2015 TV Movie Norman
Artsnight 2015 TV Series Contributor
Mr. Holmes 2015 Sherlock Holmes
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 Gandalf
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 Magneto
Miss in Her Teens 2014 The Prologue
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 Gandalf
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot 2013 TV Movie Ian McKellen
The Wolverine 2013 Magneto (uncredited)
The Egg Trick 2013 Short Magician
Doctor Who 2012 TV Series Great Intelligence
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Gandalf
The Academy: Special 2012 TV Movie Murray
London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony: Enlightenment 2012 TV Movie The Tempest - Prospero
Claude et Claudette 2011 Short The Voice (voice)
Lady Grey London 2011 Short
E'gad, Zombies! 2010 Short Narrator (voice)
A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation 2010 Short Narrator (voice)
Small-Time Revolutionary 2010 Short Hamish Miller (voice)
The Academy Part 2: First Impressions 2009 Video Murray
The Prisoner 2009 TV Mini-Series 2 / Curtis / Un-Two
The Academy 2009 Short Murray
King Lear 2008 TV Movie King Lear
Great Performances 2008 TV Series King Lear
The Golden Compass 2007 Iorek Byrnison (voice)
Stardust 2007 Narrator (voice)
For the Love of God 2007 Short Jackdaw
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king 2006 Video Game Gandalf the Grey Gandalf the White (voice)
Flushed Away 2006 The Toad (voice)
Extras 2006 TV Series Ian McKellen
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 Erik Lehnsherr Magneto
The Da Vinci Code 2006 Sir Leigh Teabing
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II 2006 Video Game Gandalf the Grey Gandalf the White (voice)
Doogal 2006 Zebedee (voice)
Displaced 2006 voice
Eighteen 2005 Jason Anders (voice)
Neverwas 2005 Gabriel Finch
Coronation Street 2005 TV Series Mel Hutchwright
Asylum 2005 Dr. Peter Cleave
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout 2005 Zebedee (English version, voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth 2004 Video Game Gandalf (voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age 2004 Video Game Gandalf (voice)
Arena 2004 TV Series documentary Narrator
Churchill 2003-2004 TV Series documentary Narrator
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Gandalf
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Video Game Gandalf (voice)
Emile 2003 Emile
X2 2003 Eric Lensherr Magneto
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Gandalf
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Video Game Gandalf (voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Gandalf
X-Men 2000 Eric Lensherr Magneto
Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 2000 Short Narrator (voice)
David Copperfield 1999 TV Mini-Series Creakle
Apt Pupil 1998 Kurt Dussander
Gods and Monsters 1998 James Whale
Swept from the Sea 1997 Dr. James Kennedy
Bent 1997 Uncle Freddie
Rasputin 1996 TV Movie Tsar Nicholas II
Restoration 1995 Will Gates
Richard III 1995 Richard III
Jack & Sarah 1995 William
Cold Comfort Farm 1995 TV Movie Amos Starkadder
Heaven's a Drag 1994 Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Shadow 1994 Dr. Reinhardt Lane
I'll Do Anything 1994 John Earl McAlpine
Six Degrees of Separation 1993 Geoffrey
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 TV Mini-Series Archibald Anson Gidde
And the Band Played On 1993 TV Movie Bill Kraus
The Ballad of Little Jo 1993 Percy Corcoran
Last Action Hero 1993 Death
Theatre Night 1990 TV Series Iago
Countdown to War 1989 TV Movie Adolf Hitler
Scandal 1989 John Profumo
Windmills of the Gods 1988 TV Mini-Series Chairman
Plenty 1985 Sir Andrew Charleson
Zina 1985 Kronfeld
The Keep 1983 Dr. Theodore Cuza
Walter & June 1983 TV Movie Walter
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982 TV Movie Chauvelin
Walter 1982 TV Movie Walter
Priest of Love 1981 D.H. Lawrence
Play for Today 1980 TV Series
Armchair Thriller 1980 TV Series Antony Skipling
A Performance of Macbeth 1979 TV Movie Macbeth
BBC2 Playhouse 1979 TV Series Alexander
Jackanory 1978 TV Series Reader
Late Night Drama 1974 TV Series
BBC Play of the Month 1968-1973 TV Series Captain Plume / George Tesman / Ross / ...
Country Matters 1972 TV Mini-Series David Masterman
ITV Saturday Night Theatre 1972 TV Series Lyov
The Tragedy of King Richard II 1971 TV Movie King Richard II
Hamlet 1970/I TV Movie Hamlet
Edward II 1970 TV Movie King Edward
Solo 1970 TV Series John Keats
The Promise 1969 Leonidik
Alfred the Great 1969/I Roger
Thank You All Very Much 1969 George Matthews
David Copperfield 1966 TV Series David Copperfield
Sunday Out of Season 1965 TV Movie Victor Leech
The Wednesday Play 1965 TV Series Wolf
The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling 1964 TV Series Plowden

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Richard III 1995
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare 1982 TV Movie concept

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 performer: "The Road Goes Ever On" - uncredited
Apt Pupil 1998 performer: "Whatever Will Be, Will Be Que Sera, Sera"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Richard III 1995 executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightstand 2015 Short very special thanks
Fallen Angels 2013 very special thanks
E'gad, Zombies! 2010 Short special thanks
Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! 2000 Video documentary short special thanks
The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale 1999 Video documentary short acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
McKellen: Playing the Part 2016 Documentary filming
It Got Better 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 TV Special Freddie Thornhill
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC 2016 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Cinemaniacs 2015 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2015 TV Series Himself
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors 2015 TV Series Himself
Larry King Now 2015 TV Series
Today 2005-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Talk 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW! 2015 TV Series Himself
Shakespeare in Practice: Muse of Fire 2015 Documentary Himself
Sunday Morning Live 2015 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Muslim Drag Queens 2015 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Made in Hollywood 2015 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
The View 2002-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Mutant vs. Machine: The Making of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' 2015 Video documentary Himself
X-Men: Unguarded 2015 Video short Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2014-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2014-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Red Nose Day 2015 TV Special Himself
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth - Part 3 2015 Video short Himself
Great Canal Journeys 2015 TV Series Himself - Actor and Friend
Shakespeare Uncovered 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz 2015 TV Movie Himself
Middle-earth: There and Back Again 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Tennis: World Tour Finals 2014 TV Series Himself - Spectator
Double Take: Xavier & Magneto 2014 Video documentary Himself
X-Men: Reunited 2014 Video documentary Himself
Nelson Mandela Redrawn 2014 Documentary Himself
The British Soap Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best British Soap
The Paul O'Grady Show 2005-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fantástico 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Am the Flame 2014 Documentary short Narrator
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Road to Rome 2014 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Late Show with David Letterman 1999-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Legacy X: Wolverine and the X-men 2013 Documentary Himself
The Broadway.com Show 2013 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 1999-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Charlie Rose 1996-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
An Unexpected Party: Bag End 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Arena 1993-2013 TV Series documentary Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Muse of Fire 2013 Documentary Himself
The Jonathan Ross Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Hollywood Fast Lane 2013 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Loose Women 2010-2012 TV Series Himself
Pride of Britain Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
British Legends of Stage and Screen 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Great West End Theatres 2012 Documentary Himself
Breakfast 2001-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Betty Driver Story 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir Ian McKellan)
The People Speak UK 2010 Documentary Himself
Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (credit only)
The 7PM Project 2010 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show Revisited 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The One Show 2008-2010 TV Series Himself
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Himself
A Six Hour Film Shot in 92 Days: The Diary of 'The Prisoner' 2010 Video short Himself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
Beautiful Prison: The World of 'The Prisoner' 2010 Video short Himself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
The Man Behind '2' 2010 Video short Himself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
First Light Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself
The South Bank Show 1979-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The Variety Club Showbiz Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself - Bernard Delfonte Outstanding Contribution to Showbusiness Awardee (as Sir Ian McKellen)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cinema 3 2009 TV Series Himself
Premio Donostia a Ian McKellen 2009 TV Special Himself - Honoree
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter
What's on Theatre 2008 TV Series Himself
Sunday AM 2007-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Friday Night Project 2008 TV Series Himself
Brit Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Parkinson 2003-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy! 2007 TV Movie Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Mornings with Kerri-Anne 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Cubism: Pet Shop Boys in Concert - Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City 2007 Video Himself - Interval Announcer (voice)
Guerrilla Distribution 2007 Video Himself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2006 TV Movie Himself
The Da Vinci Code: Close-Up on the Mona Lisa 2006 Video short Himself
The Da Vinci Code: Filmmaker's Journey 2006 Video documentary Himself
The Da Vinci Code: The Da Vinci Sets 2006 Video short Himself
The Da Vinci Code: Unusual Suspects 2006 Video short Himself
A Conversation with Sir Ian 2006 Documentary short Himself
The Secret Policeman's Ball 2006 TV Movie Himself (voice)
HBO First Look 2003-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy 2006 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men: The Excitement Continues 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Young Hollywood Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Richard & Judy 2002-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2003-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher 2004-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Saint of 9/11 2006 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Bigger Picture 2006 TV Series Himself
The Hobart Shakespeareans 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Magical Voices 2005 Video documentary short Himself
The Magic of Music 2005 Video documentary short Himself
The British Soap Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Du kommst nicht vorbei - Fans im Bann des Ringes 2005 Video short Himself
Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2005 Documentary Himself
A Filmmaker's Journey: Making 'The Return of the King' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Cameras in Middle-Earth 2004 Video documentary Himself
Costume Design 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Designing Middle-Earth 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
Home of the Horse Lords 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
The Passing of an Age 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Olympic Torch Concert Live 2004 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Peter Tatchell: Just Who Does He Think He Is? 2004 Documentary Himself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter: 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' Film Clip
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
HARDtalk 2004 TV Series Himself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1999-2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Lord of the Rings: The Quest Fulfilled 2003 TV Special documentary short Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Paula Zahn Now 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
4Pop 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Frids film 2003 TV Series Himself
Filmland 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
National Geographic: Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! News Live 2003 TV Series Himself
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making 'X2' 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Simpsons 2003 TV Series Himself
Designing Middle-Earth 2003 Video documentary Himself - Gandalf
The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth 2003 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
Tussen de sterren 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Have I Got News for You 2003 TV Series Himself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2003 TV Series Himself
The Uncanny Suspects 2003 Video documentary short Himself
X-Factor: The Look of 'X-Men' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men: Ellis Island Premiere 2003 Video short Himself
X-Men: Premieres Around the World 2003 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men Production Scrapbook 2003 Video documentary Himself
Making the Movie 2002 TV Short documentary Himself
Return to Middle Earth 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings' 2002 Video documentary Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
A Day in the Life of a Hobbit 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Cameras in Middle-Earth 2002 Video documentary Himself - Gandalf
Costume Design 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
Designing Middle-Earth 2002 Video documentary short Gandalf
From Book to Script 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth 2002 Video documentary short Gandalf
Scale 2002 Video documentary Himself
The Fellowship of the Cast 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
The Road Goes Ever On... 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
Weta Workshop 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Gandalf
Two Wizards 2002 Video documentary short Himself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Cirque du Soleil's Performance
+ de cinéma 2002 TV Series documentary short Himself
Saturday Night Live 2002 TV Series Himself - Host / Various / Dame Maggie Smith / ...
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
In the Life 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Politically Incorrect 2002 TV Series Himself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
Houghton Mifflin Welcomes You to Middle-Earth 2001 Video documentary short Himself
National Geographic Explorer 2001 TV Series documentary Himself / Gandalf the Grey
Troldspejlet 2001 TV Series Himself
A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings' 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Quest for the Ring 2001 TV Short documentary Himself
Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! 2000 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men: Behind the Scenes 2000 Video short Himself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale 1999 Video documentary short Himself - Actor ("Gods and Monsters")
The Book That Wrote Itself 1999 Himself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
Blankety Blank 1998 TV Series Himself
Face to Face 1998 TV Series Himself
Light Lunch 1997 TV Series Himself
The Sunday Programme 1996-1997 TV Series Himself / Himself - Newspaper Reviewer
An Audience with Elton John 1997 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Surviving Friendly Fire 1997 Documentary Himself (voice)
A Bit of Scarlet 1997 Documentary Narrator
Heroes of Comedy 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Great Composers 1997 TV Series documentary Tchaikovsky
An Evening with Lily Savage 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 49th Bafta Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Director
TFI Friday 1996 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
Thin Ice 1995 Himself
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
David Macaulay: Roman City 1994 TV Movie documentary Augustus Caesaar (voice)
Out There 1993 TV Special Himself
Camp Christmas 1993 TV Movie Himself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Revival
Anglia at War 1992 TV Series documentary Narrator
Commitment to Life IV: Los Angeles AIDS Project Benefit 1990 TV Movie Himself
The London Programme 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
The Media Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The Evening Standard Drama Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
Forty Minutes 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Süleyman the Magnificent 1988 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Call My Bluff 1979-1984 TV Series Himself
Playing Shakespeare 1982 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare 1982 TV Movie Himself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Play
Amud Ha'Esh 1981 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator (English Version)
BBC Show of the Week 1972 TV Series Himself
Omnibus 1969 TV Series documentary Himself - Reading Poetry

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lord of the Piercing 2002 TV Short Gandalf
Gomorron 2001 TV Series Himself
William Shakespeare 2000 Documentary Richard III
Understanding Modern Societies 1993 TV Mini-Series Himself - Reader, 'Everyman'
Pet Shop Boys: Videography 1991 Video Nosferatu (uncredited)
Showbusiness 1988 Video documentary short Nosferatu (video: "Heart") (uncredited)
No Sleep TV3 2016 TV Series Percy Corcoran
Welcome to the Basement 2015 TV Series Gandalf
Knights of Classic Drama at the BBC 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special 2015 Video Gandalf (uncredited)
LEGO the Hobbit: The Video Game 2014 Video Game Gandalf the Grey
National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage 2013 TV Movie Richard III
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Gandalf
Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game 2012 Video Game Gandalf
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Gandalf the Grey
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters 2010 Video Mel Hutchwright
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest 2010 Video Game Gandalf
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary Gandalf the Grey
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Himself
Stars on the Street 2009 TV Movie documentary Mel Hutchwright (uncredited)
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2009 TV Series Himself
Spisok korabley 2008 Documentary
The Story of Jackanory 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
The Colbert Report 2007 TV Series Himself
Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero 2006 TV Movie Himself
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema 2006 Documentary Himself
Have I Got News for You: The Best of the Guest Presenters - Volume 2 2005 Video Himself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-Earth 2004 Video documentary short Gandalf
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments 2004 TV Movie Himself
DNZ: The Real Middle Earth 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Editorial: Refining the Story 2003 Video documentary short Gandalf
Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos 2003 Video Nosferatu (uncredited)
Sendung ohne Namen 2002-2003 TV Series documentary Gandalf
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster 2002 Video documentary James Whale The Monster (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Timeless Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) To an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.
2009 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries King Lear (2008)
2009 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
2007 Annie Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Flushed Away (2006)
2007 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Comedy Guest Actor Extras (2005)
2006 Honorary Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival
2004 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Ian Holm
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Noble
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2004 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Ian Holm
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Noble
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2004 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Ian Holm
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Noble
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · Sean Austin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Ian Holm
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Noble
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 Variety Award British Independent Film Awards
2003 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Acting by an Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Ian Holm
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Noble
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2002 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 Maverick Tribute Award Cinequest San Jose Film Festival
2002 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Ian Holm
· Christopher Lee
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· Elijah Wood
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2001 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2001 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Sean Austin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Ian Holm
· Christopher Lee
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· Elijah Wood
2001 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2000 Critics Award SESC Film Festival, Brazil Best Foreign Actor (Melhor Ator Estrangeiro) Gods and Monsters (1998)
2000 Audience Award SESC Film Festival, Brazil Best Foreign Actor (Melhor Ator Estrangeiro) Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Apt Pupil (1998)
1999 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Drama Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Actor Apt Pupil (1998)
1999 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1998 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1998 Outfest Achievement Award L.A. Outfest
1998 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1998 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1998 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1998 Silver Seashell San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1998 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Performance, Male Gods and Monsters (1998)
1997 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Rasputin (1996)
1997 Evening Standard British Film Award Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Film Richard III (1995)
1997 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Actor of the Year Richard III (1995)
1996 European Film Award European Film Awards European Actor of the Year Richard III (1995)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries And the Band Played On (1993)
1993 Stephen F. Kolzak Award GLAAD Media Awards
1983 RTS Television Award Royal Television Society, UK Best Performance Walter (1982)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dresser (2015)
2016 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actor Mr. Holmes (2015)
2016 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Actor Mr. Holmes (2015)
2016 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor Mr. Holmes (2015)
2015 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Mr. Holmes (2015)
2015 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actor Mr. Holmes (2015)
2013 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
2010 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Prisoner (2009)
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actor of the Decade The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Actor The Prisoner (2009)
2009 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Great Performances (1971)
2009 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Actor of the Decade King Lear (2008)
2009 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Prisoner (2009)
2007 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Extras (2005)
2007 Audience Award Irish Film and Television Awards Best International Actor X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
2007 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Extras (2005)
2006 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Movies - Choice Sleazebag X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
2005 Genie Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Emile (2003)
2004 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
2004 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
2004 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Ian Holm
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Noble
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 DVD Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary, New Release The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Elijah Wood
· Liv Tyler
2003 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 SFX Award SFX Awards, UK Best SF or Fantasy Film Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain X2 (2003)
2002 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2002 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Christopher Lee
2002 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Ian Holm
· Christopher Lee
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· Elijah Wood
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Villain (Internet Only) X-Men (2000)
2001 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Performance, Male The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
1999 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Gods and Monsters (1998)
1998 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Gods and Monsters (1998)
1997 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Adapted Richard III (1995) · Richard Loncraine
1997 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Richard III (1995)
1997 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Cold Comfort Farm (1995)
1997 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Rasputin (1996)
1996 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Richard III (1995)
1996 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Rasputin (1996)
1996 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Richard III (1995)
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special And the Band Played On (1993)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Golden Space Needle Award Seattle International Film Festival Best Actor Mr. Holmes (2015)
2015 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actor Mr. Holmes (2015)
1999 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)
1998 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Gods and Monsters (1998)

#Fact
1 He was awarded he 1998 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Performance for "An Enemy of the People" in a Royal National Theatre production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2 Was considered for the role of Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996).
3 Turned down the role of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). He was quoted saying "I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be to much to hope for." (referring to his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings).
4 Was considered for the role of Clayton in Tarzan (1999).
5 He was offered the role of King Charles VI of France in Henry V (1989) but he turned it down. Paul Scofield was eventually cast.
6 Although he played Maggie Smith's son in Richard III (1995), he is less than five years her junior in real life.
7 He has two roles in common with Michael Fassbender: (1) McKellen played Macbeth in A Performance of Macbeth (1979) while Fassbender played him in Macbeth (2015) and (2) McKellen played Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), The Wolverine (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) while Fassbender played him in X: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
8 Although he was 56 when he played the title character in Richard III (1995), King Richard III was only 32 years old when he died on August 22, 1485.
9 He has three Shakespearean roles in common with Laurence Olivier: (1) Olivier played Hamlet in Hamlet (1948) while McKellen played him in Hamlet (1970), (2) Olivier played King Richard III in Richard III (1955) while McKellen played him in Richard III (1995) and (3) Olivier played King Lear in King Lear (1983) while McKellen played him in King Lear (2008).
10 Along with Cate Blanchett, he is one of only two actors to appear in all six of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth films: 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), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
11 He played the British Conservative MP John Profumo in Scandal (1989) and the British film director James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998). Both of these men had connections to Valerie Hobson: Profumo was married to Hobson from December 31, 1954 until her death on November 13, 1998 while Whale directed her in Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
12 He has made six films with Hugh Jackman: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Flushed Away (2006), The Wolverine (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
13 Performed Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" at the National Theatre in London with a young Johnny Neal. Johnathon also appeared in A Christmas Carol (1999) with Patrick Stewart, one of Sir Ian's closest friends.
14 "The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling" (with Gregory Peck) in 1966 would have been his feature film debut but for the hostile snowy Swiss location weather. The production, a World War I film with a script by Roald Dahl to be directed by David Miller, was abandoned after 5 weeks filming.
15 London E14, England [December 2007]
16 Revealed in December 2012 that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
17 At 74 years old, he is the oldest actor to be cast in the role of Sherlock Holmes.
18 Has English, Northern Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
19 Had Maggie Smith play his mother in Richard III (1995), and then played her on an episode of "Saturday Night Live". In the BBC Radio production of "Goldfinger", he worked with her real son, Toby Stephens. Smith's former husband, Sir Robert Stephens, also played Aragorn in the BBC Radio version of "The Lord of the Rings".
20 Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster on February 3, 2013.
21 Close friends with Rachel Weisz.
22 Played Magneto in three consecutive films - the only other actors to play comic book criminals in three films, as of 2008, are James Franco as Harry Osborn, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and his X-Men (2000) co-star, Rebecca Romijn as Mystique.
23 Had not read either "The Golden Compass" (aka "Northern Lights") by Philip Pullman, or any of the Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien before he was cast in the movie adaptations.
24 Marched at London's Gay Pride Parade July 5, 2008.
25 Was Head boy at Bolton School.
26 Ranked #45 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
27 Is good friends with Monica Lewinsky. The two met at the The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999). She accompanied him to the London premiere of Gods and Monsters (1998).
28 He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 2008 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama and to equality.
29 Has played both a Holocaust victim (X-Men (2000)) and a Nazi (Apt Pupil (1998), both in movies directed by Bryan Singer.
30 When he appeared on "Desert Island Discs" (the long-running BBC radio program that asks prominent people what eight pieces of music they would take to a deserted island), the pieces he chose were: 1. "Stars and Stripes Forever" (John Philip Sousa) performed by Vladimir Horowitz; 2. Part of "Adagio for Strings" (Barber) performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Geoffrey Simon; 3. Part of 2nd movement of Late Quartet No.13 in B flat Opus 130 (Ludwig van Beethoven) performed by the Lindsay String Quartet; 4. "Rose's Turn" (Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim) performed by Ethel Merman; 5. "Stormy Weather" (Koehler/Arlen) performed by Lena Horne; 6. "Mississippi Goddam" (Nina Simone) performed by Simone; 7. "Harrison's Clocks (Birtwhistle) performed by Joanna McGregor; 8. "Dancing Queen" (B. Andersson/S.Andersson/Ulvaeus) performed by ABBA; His one allowed book was "A Dictionary of Flora and Fauna", and his luxury was a grand piano.
31 In the Independent of Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - he came no. 1, up from no. 2, knocking Elton John from top spot.
32 Says the same line, "The war has begun", in the trailers of both the major, unrelated blockbusters X2 (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
33 Has appeared in the Lord of the Rings and X-Men, both of which required a lead character to be recast soon after production started. In the Lord of the Rings, Stuart Townsend was replaced by Viggo Mortensen, and in X-Men (2000), Dougray Scott was replaced by Hugh Jackman.
34 Only performer to receive an acting Academy Award nomination for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
35 Has appeared with Bruce Davison in four different films: Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Apt Pupil (1998), X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003). The first of these is the only one not directed by Bryan Singer.
36 Like his The Da Vinci Code (2006) character, Sir Leigh Teabing, he has been knighted. As such, prior to being cast, he spotted two errors in the book's portrayal of Knighthood. Knights neither receive ID badges nor are granted any of the special privileges Teabing demands as a result of Knighthood.
37 Was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the same time as Patrick Stewart.
38 He said that appeal of the X-Men films to him was the concept of mutants being shunned, something he says he identifies with as he was repeatedly shunned as an open homosexual.
39 Has worked with two Faramirs. Prior to appearing in the Lord of the Rings films with David Wenham, he appeared in the film Plenty (1985), with Andrew Seear. Seear played Faramir in the BBC radio adaptation, opposite Ian Holm.
40 He used the phrase "old friend" in both the X-Men film series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In both cases (to Christopher Lee as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Patrick Stewart as Xavier in X-Men) it is said to an ally who has become a nemesis and "old friend" is said mockingly.
41 Won Broadway's 1981 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for originating the role of Antonio Salieri in "Amadeus". He was nominated in the same category in 1984 for "Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare".
42 Was set to play Antonio in Michael Radford's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004), but had to drop at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts.
43 Has played cult characters in two of the biggest franchises; he played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Magneto in the X-Men film series.
44 Wore a prosthetic nose to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
45 Was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, England.
46 Shares his middle name, Murray, with both Michael Hordern (Michael Murray Hordern), his predecessor in the role of Gandalf, and F. Murray Abraham, his successor in the role of Antonio Salieri.
47 Originally aspired to be a journalist.
48 Studied at St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, when he was 18, with Sir Derek Jacobi, and with whom he had been "desperately in love", as he confessed on Inside the Actors Studio (1994). In an article in "The Advocate", issue dated December 11, 2001, he further explained that what he had felt for Jacobi in their youth was "a passion that was undeclared and unrequited".
49 Graduated with a 2:2 in English from Cambridge University.
50 He was awarded the 1989 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in "Othello".
51 He was awarded the 1984 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Coriolanus".
52 He was awarded the 1989 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Othello".
53 Began acting as a means of escape from mourning after his mother's death and constant bullying at school from fellow students.
54 Before performing the role of Gandalf, he listened to a recording of J.R.R. Tolkien reading Gandalf lines from the novel. He used this as a base for creating the character, and imitated the accent used by Tolkien in the recording.
55 He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1991 (1990 season) for Best Actor in "Richard III" at the Royal National Theatre.
56 He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1985 (1984 season) for Best Actor in a Revival for "Wild Honey".
57 The original Lord of the Rings books, and X-Men comics, both feature a character named Sauron, and a book entitled "The Return of the King". The X-Men graphic novel "The Return of the King" is, appropriately, about the return of Magneto.
58 According to an interview, one of the last things Margaret Thatcher did as Prime Minister was recommending him for a knighthood.
59 While being a guest on Jay Leno (December 26, 2003), he said that he had not seen X2 (2003) when it opened in theaters, he only saw it when the DVD hit the stores. He then called up Bryan Singer and asked, "Is there going to be X-Men 3?" Singer replied, "Yes". In his excitement, he got Singer six theater tickets to go see The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). As it turned out, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) would not be directed by Singer.
60 Has played Maggie Smith in a "Weekend Update" skit on an episode of Saturday Night Live (1975) that he hosted.
61 He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
62 Was offered the part of Mission Commander Swanbeck in Mission: Impossible II (2000). He was not able to accept the role, due to a prior theatre engagement in London. The part eventually went to Anthony Hopkins.
63 Is a vegetarian.
64 Had a tattoo of the Elvish character for 9 along with seven other members of the fellowship in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
65 Originated the role of Antonio Salieri in the Broadway production of "Amadeus".
66 Has played the vampire in the music video "Heart" by Pet Shop Boys.
67 He was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 1991 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.

#Quote
1 Before Michael Mann had devised Miami Vice (1984) he directed The Keep (1983) and produced it and wrote it. He cast me as the heroine's father, a Romanian academic who gets caught up with Nazis and a monster trapped deep in the Keep. Ever-diligent, I had specially made my first trip to Bucharest and then had a couple of lessons from a dialect coach in London. So by the first day of filming I was ready to sound and feel authentically Romanian. Just before my first take as Dr. Cuza, Michael said: "Drop the accent - make him more Chicago." Well, if the writer/producer/director makes a request, you jump to it. [June 2000]
2 [on the Academy Awards] If you are trying to have a career, as a black or Hispanic actor in a state - California - where white people are now the minority, and you are being judged by an Academy where the vast majority are white, male, middle-aged and old ... well, perhaps that is the wrong yardstick. [2016]
3 [on the Oscars] My speech has been in two jackets ... 'I'm proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar.' I've had to put it back in my pocket twice. [2016]
4 I've always loved dictionaries and encyclopedias. Now you get all that on your computer. It's fantastic. You're looking up something about Dickens and you're invited to explore more and more. I don't know if that's wasting time or not but it doesn't help me to learn lines.
5 I don't think I'm top choice. In theatre - for Shakespeare - I'm quite near the top, but not for all directors. In film, I'm way, way down. Spielberg's never asked to work with me, Tarantino has never asked, Sam Mendes has never asked. It isn't as if there's a long list of films I've turned down but there are plenty I wish I'd had a go at. That's the truth.
6 [at a reunion, to observer Michael Fassbender] I just want to say how lovely it is to be back in California. I feel safe here now that you've got rid of Proposition 8. I'm looking for a husband. It's great to meet you Michael.
7 I get offered a lot of parts that require long beards. I've turned down God on a number of occasions.
8 I like fantasy movies, I like musicals, I like variety shows, I like Tony Bennett - it's all the same to me. The fact that some things are more popular than others doesn't make them better, and it certainly doesn't make them worse.
9 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'.
10 Peter [Jackson] and I were just so thrilled that Gandalf the White wasn't in 'The Hobbit'. We prefer Gandalf the Grey. He can have a smoke and a drink and a chat , and do a few little tricks. It was a great relief.
11 I'm a snob about standards. But I don't find anything odd at all in being known for playing Gandalf. I couldn't be happier about it. Other people tend to get snobbish on my behalf. 'It must be dreadful to always be thought of as Gandalf', they say. Well I can't always be thought of as Richard III.
12 [on 'coming out' as being gay] I immediately felt better in every way. I felt relieved that I wasn't lying. You know, when I was growing up in England, there were no gay clubs I knew about. There were no bars. Homosexuals were shamed publicly and imprisoned. You were on your own, looking over your shoulder all the time, hoping in the handshake of a stranger that he might be somebody gay. The first film role I deliberately chose to play after I came out was a raging heterosexual, John Profumo. I was just a little bit worried about whether I could carry out the bed scenes.
13 I often get mistaken for 'Dumbledore'. One wizard is very much like another.
14 Don't give up the projects you really want for some extra time with your girlfriend or because you don't want to miss a holiday with your family. They'll understand. Just don't have any regrets.
15 When I act, some people fancy me and some of them are women. There we are! What's the problem? They don't believe me when I say I am in love with a woman?...They don't believe me when I say I am a wizard? They believe me even though they know I am not. It's all nonsense. Everyone knows we are acting. [In a Reuters interview, responding to those who say that gay actors shouldn't come out because then no one will find them believable in romantic scenes with actors of the opposite gender.]
16 I didn't like my character. He didn't seem very deep. He just seemed a representative of evil. - On Apt Pupil (1998).
17 About the 2008 death of Brad Renfro: "I first caught sight of Brad Renfro when he was kicking a football around with Bryan Singer on the half-built set of Apt Pupil (1998) in Hollywood. He was a kid having fun and that's how I shall always remember him. But he was more than that. He was a proper actor and when we worked together he was determined to be accepted as such. On set, he was blusteringly confident although it was obvious he would have benefited from training as an actor. Yet, as Todd, the disturbed teenager in Apt Pupil, he tapped into an inner demonic world and carried the film on his young shoulders. He longed to belong in the alien world which perhaps in the end overwhelmed him. He was only 25 and it is dreadful we shan't see all that he might have achieved."
18 I looked down from my terrace hanging over the Thames one morning. It was low tide and there, stranded on the pebbles, was a four-legged corpse - hairless, white and bloated. Was it a calf or a sheep or a goat or a dog? I stared at it until the tide rose and washed it away. For 24 hours I was off my food. When I started eating again, I couldn't face meat - fresh or tinned. Overnight I was vegetarian and I have been for 15 years or more. I've seen the pictures of factory farming and followed the politics of mad cow disease and felt effortlessly superior. Yet it's not reason or conscience that keeps me off meat and fowl--and these days fish, too--just a memory of that unidentifiable, decomposing body on the beach.
19 In theatre, I have been able to take parts I didn't think I could do - you have time to rehearse and learn. In movies, they want you to do what they know you can do - there isn't the time.
20 My confidence only really peaked when I was 49 and said, "Yes, I'm gay."
21 It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality. And even more difficult for a woman if she's lesbian. It's very distressing to me that that should be the case. The film industry is very old fashioned in California.
22 I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer at the front saying, "This is fiction." I mean, walking on water? I mean, it takes an act of faith.
23 I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up comic and acting Shakespeare - in fact, unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to be able to play Hamlet properly.
24 It may be my rather puritanical upbringing at odds with my inborn laziness that makes me feel guilty at the end of the day, unless I am able to point at some achievement. But this need be no more impressive than cooking a meal or going for a long walk.
25 Nobody has ever looked to Hollywood for social advance. Hollywood is a dream factory. I love the way that conservatives think that Hollywood is a bed of radicalism - it couldn't be more staid and old-ladyship if it tried. The audience don't give a blind whatever about the sexuality of actors. Gay people fancy straight people and vice-versa. It's all in the head, so what does it matter? You're not going to meet 'Heath Ledger'. You're not going to find out . . . It's the image you're looking at and falling in love with. There will be girls who go and see those two unhappy gay cowboys and go home and have fantasy dreams about them. Lovely!
26 If I was a star, it would be difficult to go off and do Coronation Street (1960). So I guess I'm not a star.
27 If The Da Vinci Code (2006) had been filming in a place where it rains a lot, I probably wouldn't have done it. Quite low down in the list is "How much am I going to be paid?" I'd say I was quite cheap, but my main feeling about money is that I don't want to feel as though I'm being taken advantage of. Certainly, I'm cheaper than Anthony Hopkins. The other actors they asked to play Gandalf wouldn't go to New Zealand on that money for that length of time. I thought it would be a bit of an adventure. Tony Hopkins didn't think it would be an adventure. Tony is part of Hollywood. I'm an eccentric English actor, and there's a lot of us around.
28 They didn't call it marriage, although you can call it anything you want. The one thing you cannot mention is God, that is absolutely verboten. I suppose I'm a bit mean-spirited, but I really can't see why the government couldn't just say gay people can get married - that would have been true equality and so much simpler. But that hasn't been done because they couldn't face the furore. So they've passed a law that is not available to straight people - straight people cannot have a civil partnership, they have to get married - extraordinary.
29 They'll let me play a gray-bearded wizard, but they still wouldn't cast a young gay actor - who was out - in a straight romantic lead.
30 [12/5/03, on initially thinking it crazy to release the LOTR trilogy 12 months apart] I thought people wouldn't remember what happened a year ago. But I hadn't factored that they would be so successful at the box office, and that so many people would buy the DVD and videos in between the release of each film. I had thought the whole enterprise was doomed, because of the release pattern. I'm very happy to have been proved wrong.
31 [12/5/03, about the cheering fans outside the InterContinentel Hotel, where he was staying in Wellington, New Zealand:] It's like several Christmases all come at once. They all love Gandalf, but I'm like Father Christmas in the shop. I'm not the real one.
32 It wasn't exactly a mistake, but if there's anything I regret, it's probably having disguised my own native accent. Actors of my generation all tended to speak RP [received pronunciation]. Of course, it's all different now and drama students are encouraged to keep their regional accents and be able to do RP when required. Even at the BBC these days there's no standardised accent, and I rather think that's a good thing.
33 "The Lord of the Rings" is a mythology, it is a fairy tale, it's an adventure story. It never happened. Except somewhere in our hearts.
34 Acting is no longer about lying. It's now about revealing the truth. People are at ease with me now. Honesty is the best policy.
35 I ... think of the Bible as great literature rather than great history; great imagination rather than reliable witness. Whatever, it is not as a law book that I respect the Bible.
36 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.
37 I am encouraged by the theatricality of [J.R.R. Tolkien's] readings - full of rhythm and humor and characterization. Without question Gandalf is like Tolkien but then so, I suspected, are Frodo and Aragorn.
38 When I, as Gandalf, meet Bilbo or Frodo at home, I bump my head on the rafters. [J.R.R. Tolkien] didn't think to mention it.
39 Many unthinking people just don't like the idea of gays joining in their games, nor in the military and, it would seem, in the movies.
40 I think it's one thing to declare your sexuality, if you care about what that is. It's another thing to start talking in public about what you do in private and who you do it with. It's not that they [my significant others] don't want to be identified as gay, but that they don't want to be identified as ... with me.
41 [on his first theatre experience, "Peter Pan"] I wasn't over-impressed. For one thing it wasn't a real crocodile and I could see the wires.

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1 Frequently works with 'Peter Jackson', 'Patrick Stewart' and Andy Serkis
2 Distinctively calm style of speaking
3 Rich yet flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing

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