Ian McKellen Biography


Ian McKellen

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Birth Name: Ian McKellen
Date of birth:
Birth Country: United Kingdom
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
Birth Sign: taurus
Age:   78 Years
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Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire to Margery Lois and Denis Murray McKellen, and a civil engineer. He has one sister, Jean; she is five years older than him. With the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, his family moved to Wigan. They lived there until the war ended. His early childhood days were almost spent there. He was enrolled at the Bolton School (Boys' Division). He attended there regularly to talk to pupils. His acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre, of which he is now the patron.

Ian is not married yet. It is true that he doesn't have any girlfriend, wife, he is not divorced and he is not lucky enough to be the spouse of any women. But he has been in love affairs twice. And it is revealed that he is homosexual. He began dating his partner, Brian Taylor, a history teacher from Bolton, in 1964. They had a romantic relationship for about eight years and it finally ended in 1972. While they were together, they lived in London, where McKellen continued to pursue his career as an actor. In 1978 he began dating, Sean Mathias. He met him at the Edinburgh Festival. Their relationship lasted for about ten years. According to Mathias, this ten-year love affair really hard, it was full of conflict with McKellen's success in acting versus Mathias's somewhat less-successful career. He played the role of Maggie Smith's son in Richard III but he is less than five years her junior in real life. He was also offered the role of King Charles VI of France in Henry V (1989) but he denied it and Paul Scofield played that role. He earned a huge salary playing The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). He earned net worth of £4,000,000 from that movie.

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Born in Burnley, Lancashire

1939 25th of May

Ian was born in a middle class family. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire to Margery Lois and Denis Murray McKellen, and a civil engineer. He has one sister, Jean; she is five years older than him. With the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, his family moved to Wigan. They lived there until the war ended. 

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Won scholarship to St Catharine's College

1957

From his childhood days, he has demonstrated some extra quality. When he was 18 years old, he won a scholarship to St Catharine's College, Cambridge. There he read English literature and graduated from there some years later.

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Began his career in earnest

1961

Soon after completing his education, he began his theater career in earnest. He played the role of Maggie Smith's son in Richard III but he is less than five years her junior in real life. He was also offered the role of King Charles VI of France in Henry V but he denied it and Paul Scofield played that role.

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Began dating Brian Taylor

1964

Ian is not married yet. He began dating his partner, Brian Taylor, a history teacher from Bolton, in 1964. They had a romantic relationship for about eight years. While they were together, they lived in London. 

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Broke up with Brian Taylor

1972

Ian dated Brian Taylor for about eight years. It was believed that they were really having a romantic relationship and they were about to be engaged. But in 1972, something bad happened and they finally ended their relationship.

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Began dating Sean Mathias

1978

In 1978 he began dating his second partner, Sean Mathias. He met him at the Edinburgh Festival. Their relationship lasted for about a decade. But they had the sad news about their relationship in 1988. They end their relationship because of their career level difference.

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Awarded with CBE

1979

Ian has given lots of thing to the world from his acting in mover as well as in drama. So, in return of this he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1979 for his services to drama.

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Honored by Laurence Olivier Theatre Award

1985

In 1985, he was honored by the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (1984 season) for Best Actor in a Revival for "Wild Honey". He was also honored with this award in 1991 (1990 season) for Best Actor in "Richard III" at the Royal National Theatre.

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Broke up with Sean Mathias

1988

Ian dated Sean Mathias for about a decade. Though this relationship lasted for a decade, they had problems from the start of their relationship. According to his girlfriend, Mathias, this ten-year love affair really hard, it was full of conflict with McKellen's success in acting versus Mathias's somewhat less-successful career.

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Talked about homosexuality

1988

Only few people knew of his homosexuality; he saw no reason to go public, nor had he told his family. His family members were not interested in the subject and so he saw no reason to bring it up. But in 1988, Ian publicly came out of the closet on the BBC Radio 4 program and discussed Margaret Thatcher's "section 28" legislation which would make the "public promotion of homosexuality" a crime.

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Honored by British Empire

1990

Throughout his life, he is actively involved in acting in movies and also in dramas. In 1990, he was honored by the British Empire. They awarded him the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in 1990 for his services to drama. 

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Won Golden Globes, USA

1997

Ian won Golden Globes, USA, for the first time in 1997. He was nominated in this award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. 

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Won Academy of Science Fiction

1999

McKellen won Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, and USA for Best Supporting Actor in 1999. He also won this award in 2002 for the same category but this time it was for his role in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Won Awards Circuit Community Awards

2001

2001 was also a bit lucky year for him. He won Awards Circuit Community Awards in 2001 for Best Cast Ensemble. He was also nominated in this award the following year but it is 2003 when he claimed this award for the second time.

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Won Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

2002

In 2002, he also won Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Acting Ensemble. He was also honored by this award the next year in the same category. In 2004, he again was nominated in this award but this time he was not lucky enough like before.

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Won Screen Actors Guild Awards

2004

Ian won Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2004 for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He was also honored with this award in 2002 and it was for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

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Won Genie Awards

2005

In 2005, McKellen won Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. He was honored by this award for his fantastic performance in Emile 2003. He won this award for the first time.

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Won Annie Awards

2007

Ian is a very talented individual. In 2007, he won Annie Awards for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. It was his first nomination in this awards and he won it the same it but in the following years he claimed other awards but he was not nominated in this award then.

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Listed in the 100 most powerful people in British

2008

He has not just won some prestigious awards in his life. In 2008, he was ranked 45th in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture". It like there is no award he has won or listed in.

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Diagnosed with prostate cancer

2012 of December

December of 2012 was really a sad day for all his fan followers. Someday in December, he reveled that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. And he stated on his blog that "There is no cause for alarm. I am examined regularly and the cancer is contained. I've not needed any treatment."

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Won GALECA

2013

In 2013, Ian won Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) award. This award is awarded to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit. And he won it because he is the one.

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Honored by University of Ulster

2013 3rd of February

Ian received almost all honors through his acting career. On February 3, 2013, University of Ulster also honored him and provided him an honorary doctorate. On 18 June 2014, Cambridge University also awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Letters.

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