Ian McKellen. Photo by Sarah Dunn

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen recently starred in Mother Goose at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London

About Ian McKellen

In a career spanning over 60 years, Ian McKellen has been the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for two Oscars, four BAFTA’s and five Emmy Awards

Ian McKellen’s celebrated career encompasses genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular television and to fantasy and science fiction films.

Ian McKellen’s previous theatre roles

Ian McKellen has enjoyed an illustrious career on stage, not least inhabiting some of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles including Hamlet, Macbeth, Iago, Richard II and III as well as in previous productions of King Lear as Edgar, Kent and in the title role. He was last on stage in the West End in Jonathan Munby’s celebrated production of King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Ian McKellen’s film and tv roles

Ian achieved worldwide fame for his notable film roles, which include the titular King in Richard III (1995), James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Other movies include The Critic, Cats and The Good Liar.

Other work includes ITV sitcom Vicious alongside Derek Jacobi, The Da Vinci Code, The Dresser and the voice of Cogsworth in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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