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Ian McKellen

Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan. It was in this small town that young Ian...

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May 25, 1939 In Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Understanding Modern Societies
Latest Project:
Movie Animal Crackers 2017-12-07

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 48 wins & 55 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Poster of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Poster of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Poster of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Movie McKellen: Playing the Part Himself 2018
Series Cinemaniacs Unknown 2018
Movie Houghton Mifflin Welcomes You to Middle-Earth Himself 2018
Movie The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale Himself - Actor 2018
Movie Sunday Out of Season Victor Leech 2018
Movie A Performance of Macbeth Macbeth 2018
Movie Edmund the Magnificent Narrator 2018
Movie Claude et Claudette The Voice 2018
Movie Out There Himself 2018
Movie E'gad, Zombies! Narrator 2018
Movie Return to Middle Earth Himself 2018
Movie A Filmmaker's Journey: Making 'The Return of the King' Himself 2018
Movie William Shakespeare Richard III 2018
Movie The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings' Himself 2018
Series Tennis: Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Unknown 2017-08-30
Movie Cubism: Pet Shop Boys in Concert - Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City Himself - Interval Announcer 2017-09-12
Movie Muse of Fire Himself 2017-10-05
Movie Displaced Unknown 2017-08-25
Movie The Orange British Academy Film Awards Himself 2017-09-25
Movie The Paul O'Grady Story Himself 2017-06-23
Movie Beauty and the Beast Cogsworth 2017-03-17
Movie Random Acts: Ian McKellen on growing up gay and coming out Himself 2017-04-05
Movie Animal Crackers Horatio P. Huntington 2017-12-07
Movie The Road to Rome Narrator 2017-08-17
Movie The Roof And Even Yet Another Fan 2016-03-31
Movie National Theatre Live: No Man's Land Spooner 2016-12-15
Movie The Dresser Norman 2016-05-30
Movie The Eurovision Song Contest Unknown 2016-05-14
Movie Shakespeare Live! From the RSC Unknown 2016-04-23
Movie X-Men: Unguarded Himself 2015-07-14
Movie Muslim Drag Queens Narrator 2015-08-24
Movie Mr. Holmes Sherlock Holmes 2015-07-24
Movie Shakespeare in Practice: Muse of Fire Himself 2015-09-24
Series No Sleep TV3 Unknown 2015-10-01
Series Knights of Classic Drama at the BBC Unknown 2015-11-01
Movie Mutant vs. Machine: The Making of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Himself - 'Magneto' 2015-07-14
Movie Red Nose Day Unknown 2015-05-21
Series Artsnight Unknown 2015-03-06
Movie The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special Unknown 2015-02-22
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden Unknown 2015-03-23
Movie The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth - Part 3 Himself 2015-03-24
Movie The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz Unknown 2015-01-02
Movie Nightstand Unknown 2015-04-20
Series The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Series Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Himself 2014-12-21
Movie Nelson Mandela Redrawn Unknown 2014-07-18
Series Vicious Freddie Thornhill 2014-06-29
Movie X-Men: Reunited Himself 2014-10-14
Movie Double Take: Xavier & Magneto Himself 2014-10-14
Movie The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Gandalf 2014-12-17
Movie Middle-earth: There and Back Again Himself 2014-12-11
Movie The British Soap Awards 2014 Unknown 2014-05-25
Movie X-Men: Days of Future Past Unknown 2014-05-23
Series Great Canal Journeys Unknown 2014-03-10
Movie I Am the Flame Narrator 2014-03-07
Movie Lego the Hobbit: The Video Game Unknown 2014-04-08
Movie Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond Himself 2014-04-08
Series It Got Better Himself 2014-05-14
Movie Miss in Her Teens The Prologue 2014-04-15
Series Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Movie Fallen Angels Unknown 2013-07-07
Movie Fifty Years on Stage Unknown 2013-11-02
Movie An Unexpected Party: Bag End Himself 2013-11-05
Movie Legacy X: Wolverine and the X-men Himself 2013-12-09
Movie The Wolverine Unknown 2013-07-26
Movie The Egg Trick Magician 2013-06-21
Movie The EE British Academy Film Awards Unknown 2013-02-10
Series The Show Unknown 2013-02-13
Series Movie Guide Unknown 2013-04-11
Movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Gandalf 2013-12-13
Movie The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Unknown 2013-11-23
Movie London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony: Enlightenment Unknown 2012-08-29
Series Larry King Now Unknown 2012-07-17
Series British Legends of Stage and Screen Himself 2012-09-04
Movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gandalf 2012-12-14
Series Cinema 3 Unknown 2012
Movie Pride of Britain Awards Unknown 2012-10-30
Movie The Academy: Special Murray 2012-09-14
Series The Hollywood Fast Lane Unknown 2012-06-08
Series Live! with Kelly Unknown 2012
Movie Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game Gandalf 2012-11-13
Series Welcome to the Basement Unknown 2012-01-13
Series Shakespeare Uncovered Himself 2012-01-25
Movie Great West End Theatres Himself 2012-02-20
Series E! News Live Unknown 2011
Movie The Betty Driver Story Himself 2011-02-01
Series The Jonathan Ross Show Unknown 2011-09-03
Movie Lady Grey London None 2011-01-01
Movie Beautiful Prison: The World of 'The Prisoner' Unknown 2010
Movie A Six Hour Film Shot in 92 Days: The Diary of 'The Prisoner' Unknown 2010
Movie The Academy Unknown 2010-04-04
Series Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution Himself 2010-09-09
Movie The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Unknown 2010-08-29
Movie The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest Unknown 2010-09-14
Movie The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters Unknown 2010-10-11
Movie The People Speak UK Himself 2010-10-31
Series The Talk Unknown 2010-10-18
Series Special Collector's Edition Unknown 2010-08-16
Series Sunday Morning Live Unknown 2010-07-11
Series The South Bank Show Revisited Unknown 2010-03-28
Movie The Man Behind '2' Himself 2010-03-23
Movie Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Unknown 2010-05-04
Movie Small-Time Revolutionary Hamish Miller 2010-06-24
Movie A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation Narrator 2010-06-25
Movie First Light Awards 2010 Himself 2010-03-02
Movie The Orange British Academy Film Awards Unknown 2009-02-08
Series Live from Studio Five Unknown 2009-09-14
Series Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf Unknown 2009-11-14
Series The 7PM Project Unknown 2009-07-20
Series Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2009-03-02
Movie The Variety Club Showbiz Awards 2009 Unknown 2009-11-22
Series The Prisoner 2 / ... 2009-11-15
Movie Premio Donostia a Ian McKellen Himself - Honoree 2009-09-24
Movie The Academy Part 2: First Impressions Unknown 2009-12-28
Movie Stars on the Street Unknown 2009-12-19
Movie The Orange British Academy Film Awards Unknown 2008-02-10
Series What's on Theatre Unknown 2008-12-06
Movie Spisok korabley Unknown 2008-04-22
Movie Brit Awards 2008 Unknown 2008-02-20
Movie King Lear King Lear 2008-12-25
Series Up Close with Carrie Keagan Unknown 2008
Movie The Story of Jackanory Unknown 2007-05-30
Movie Guerrilla Distribution Himself 2007-01-01
Movie The Golden Compass Iorek Byrnison 2007-12-07
Movie Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy! Unknown 2007-10-01
Movie For the Love of God Jackdaw 2007-02-28
Series In the Life Unknown 2007
Series The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Series Paula Zahn Now Unknown 2007
Movie Stardust Narrator 2007-08-10
Series Richard & Judy Unknown 2007
Series Corazón de... Unknown 2006
Movie Doogal Zebedee 2006-02-24
Movie The Da Vinci Code: The Da Vinci Sets Himself 2006-11-14
Movie Flushed Away The Toad 2006-11-03
Movie A Conversation with Sir Ian Himself 2006-11-01
Movie The Secret Policeman's Ball Unknown 2006-10-31
Movie The Da Vinci Code: Unusual Suspects Himself 2006-11-14
Movie The Da Vinci Code: Filmmaker's Journey Himself 2006-11-14
Movie The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself 2006-12-27
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king Gandalf the Grey / Gandalf the White 2006-11-28
Movie The Da Vinci Code: Close-Up on the Mona Lisa Himself 2006-11-14
Movie X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy Himself 2006-10-02
Movie X-Men: The Excitement Continues Himself 2006-10-02
Movie The Da Vinci Code Sir Leigh Teabing 2006-05-19
Movie Saint of 9/11 Narrator 2006-04-27
Movie Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Unknown 2006-04-07
Series Doctor Who Unknown 2006-03-17
Movie X-Men: The Last Stand Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto 2006-05-26
Movie Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero Unknown 2006-05-30
Movie The Young Hollywood Awards Unknown 2006-08-20
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie Neverwas Gabriel Finch 2006-08-04
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II Gandalf the Grey / Gandalf the White 2006-03-02
Movie The Hobart Shakespeareans Himself 2005-09-06
Series Extras Unknown 2005-09-25
Movie Eighteen Jason Anders 2005-09-25
Series The Andrew Marr Show Unknown 2005-09-11
Series 20 to 1 Unknown 2005-09-29
Series Made in Hollywood Unknown 2005-09-30
Movie Have I Got News for You: The Best of the Guest Presenters - Volume 2 Unknown 2005-11-28
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie Asylum Dr. Peter Cleave 2005-09-09
Series Graham Norton's Bigger Picture Unknown 2005-08-01
Movie Sprung! The Magic Roundabout Zebedee 2005-02-02
Movie Du kommst nicht vorbei - Fans im Bann des Ringes Himself 2005-01-31
Movie Ringers: Lord of the Fans Himself 2005-01-21
Series The Friday Night Project Unknown 2005-02-04
Movie The British Soap Awards 2005 Unknown 2005-05-11
Movie Magical Voices Himself 2005-07-18
Movie The Magic of Music Himself 2005-07-18
Series The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Unknown 2005-01-03
Movie Cameras in Middle-Earth Himself 2004-12-14
Movie Designing Middle-Earth Himself - Gandalf 2004-12-14
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Gandalf 2004-12-06
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age Gandalf 2004-11-01
Movie From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter Himself 2004-12-14
Movie The Passing of an Age Himself 2004-12-14
Movie Home of the Horse Lords Himself 2004-12-14
Movie J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-Earth Unknown 2004-12-14
Movie Costume Design Himself 2004-12-14
Series The New Paul O'Grady Show Unknown 2004-10-11
Movie 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments Unknown 2004-09-26
Movie DNZ: The Real Middle Earth Unknown 2004-02-23
Movie The Orange British Academy Film Awards Himself 2004-02-15
Movie Emile Emile 2004-01-09
Movie The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards Unknown 2004-02-28
Movie The 76th Annual Academy Awards Unknown 2004-02-29
Movie The Olympic Torch Concert Live Unknown 2004-06-26
Movie Peter Tatchell: Just Who Does He Think He Is? Himself 2004-03-27
Series Tavis Smiley Unknown 2004-01-05
Series Frids film Unknown 2003
Movie X-Men Production Scrapbook Unknown 2003-02-11
Movie The Uncanny Suspects Himself 2003-02-11
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Series 4Pop Unknown 2003-01-05
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Quest Fulfilled Himself 2003-12-26
Movie X-Men: Premieres Around the World Himself 2003-02-11
Series Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Movie X-Men 2 Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto 2003-05-02
Movie X-Factor: The Look of 'X-Men' Himself 2003-02-11
Movie X-Men: Ellis Island Premiere Himself 2003-02-11
Series Filmland Unknown 2003-02-24
Movie Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos Unknown 2003-12-16
Movie The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth Himself - Gandalf 2003-11-18
Movie Designing Middle-Earth Himself 2003-11-18
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gandalf 2003-11-05
Series Tussen de sterren Unknown 2003-11-03
Series Churchill Narrator 2003-10-01
Movie Editorial: Refining the Story Gandalf 2003-11-18
Movie National Geographic: Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Himself 2003-12-12
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Unknown 2003-12-17
Movie The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making 'X2' Himself 2003-11-25
Movie Lord of the Piercing Unknown 2002
Movie The Road Goes Ever On... Himself - Gandalf 2002-11-12
Movie Making the Movie Unknown 2002
Movie Two Wizards Unknown 2002
Movie Weta Workshop Himself - Gandalf 2002-11-12
Movie The Fellowship of the Cast Himself - Gandalf 2002-11-12
Series Sendung ohne Namen Unknown 2002-10-17
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gandalf 2002-10-22
Series I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW! Unknown 2002-08-27
Series Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Unknown 2002-06-08
Movie The 74th Annual Academy Awards Unknown 2002-03-24
Movie Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! Himself 2002-11-01
Movie The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster Unknown 2002-11-01
Movie Costume Design Himself - Gandalf 2002-11-12
Movie A Day in the Life of a Hobbit Himself 2002-11-12
Movie Designing Middle-Earth Gandalf 2002-11-12
Movie J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth Unknown 2002-11-12
Movie Scale Himself 2002-11-12
Movie 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Unknown 2002-03-10
Movie The Orange British Academy Film Awards Unknown 2002-02-24
Series Last Call with Carson Daly Unknown 2002-01-08
Movie Cameras in Middle-Earth Himself - Gandalf 2002-11-12
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Unknown 2002-12-18
Movie Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute Unknown 2002-01-12
Movie From Book to Script Himself - Gandalf 2002-11-12
Series Mornings with Kerri-Anne Unknown 2002-02-09
Movie The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards Unknown 2002-01-20
Movie Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love Narrator 2001-09-13
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Unknown 2001-12-19
Series + de cinéma Unknown 2001
Movie Quest for the Ring Unknown 2001
Movie A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings' Himself 2001-12-09
Series Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Unknown 2001-11-02
Series Parkinson Unknown 2000-01-04
Series Breakfast Unknown 2000-10-02
Movie X-Men: Behind the Scenes Himself 2000-11-20
Movie The Book That Wrote Itself Unknown 2000-08-08
Movie X-Men Eric Lensherr / Magneto 2000-07-14
Movie 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Unknown 2000-05-09
Movie Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man Narrator 2000-05-05
Movie The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards Unknown 1999-01-28
Movie The 71st Annual Academy Awards Unknown 1999-03-21
Series Loose Women Unknown 1999-09-06
Series David Copperfield Creakle 1999-12-25
Movie 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Unknown 1999-03-07
Movie Gods and Monsters James Whale 1998-11-04
Movie Amy Foster Dr. James Kennedy 1998-01-23
Movie Apt Pupil Kurt Dussander 1998-10-23
Movie Surviving Friendly Fire Unknown 1997
Movie The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards Unknown 1997-01-19
Movie A Bit of Scarlet Narrator 1997-06-20
Series Light Lunch Unknown 1997-03-24
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie An Audience with Elton John Unknown 1997-09-27
Series Great Composers Unknown 1997
Series HARDtalk Unknown 1997-12-23
Movie Bent Uncle Freddie 1997-11-26
Series The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Movie An Evening with Lily Savage Himself 1996-11-06
Movie Cold Comfort Farm Amos Starkadder 1996-05-10
Movie The 49th Bafta Awards Himself - Presenter: Best Director 1996-04-23
Movie Restoration Will Gates 1996-02-02
Series The London Programme Unknown 1996
Series TFI Friday Unknown 1996-02-09
Movie Jack & Sarah William 1996-03-22
Movie Rasputin Tsar Nicholas II 1996-03-23
Series Heroes of Comedy Himself 1995-01-01
Movie Richard III Richard III 1995-12-29
Movie Thin Ice Himself 1995-04-28
Movie The Shadow Reinhardt Lane 1994-07-01
Series HBO First Look Unknown 1994-03-01
Series Face to Face Unknown 1994
Series Tales of the City Archibald Anson Gidde 1994-01-10
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Movie I'll Do Anything John Earl McAlpine 1994-02-04
Movie The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Unknown 1994-09-11
Series The Sunday Programme Unknown 1994-10-16
Movie Heaven's a Drag Quilt Documentary Narrator 1994-12-02
Movie David Macaulay: Roman City Augustus Caesaar 1994-09-16
Series Late Show with David Letterman Unknown 1993-08-30
Movie The Ballad of Little Jo Percy Corcoran 1993-08-20
Movie And the Band Played On Unknown 1993-09-11
Movie Camp Christmas Himself 1993-12-24
Movie Six Degrees of Separation Geoffrey 1993-12-08
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Politically Incorrect Unknown 1993-07-25
Movie Last Action Hero Death 1993-06-18
Series Understanding Modern Societies Unknown 1993
Movie Pet Shop Boys: Videography Unknown 1992-01-28
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie The 46th Annual Tony Awards Unknown 1992-05-31
Series Gomorron Unknown 1992-09-14
Series Anglia at War Narrator 1992-08-24
Series Charlie Rose Unknown 1991-09-30
Movie Commitment to Life IV: Los Angeles AIDS Project Benefit Himself 1990-09-07
Series Have I Got News for You Unknown 1990-09-28
Series Troldspejlet Unknown 1989-02-03
Movie Scandal John Profumo 1989-04-28
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Countdown to War Adolf Hitler 1989
Movie Showbusiness Unknown 1988
Movie The Evening Standard Drama Awards Himself 1988-11-18
Movie Süleyman the Magnificent Narrator 1988-09-02
Series Windmills of the Gods Chairman 1988-09-04
Series This Morning Unknown 1988-10-03
Series The Media Show Unknown 1987-03-18
Movie Zina Kronfeld 1986-07-01
Movie Walter Walter 1986-07-01
Movie Walter & June Walter 1986-07-01
Series National Geographic Explorer Unknown 1985-04-07
Series Theatre Night Unknown 1985-09-15
Movie Plenty Sir Andrew Charleson 1985-09-20
Movie The Keep Dr. Theodore Cuza 1983-12-16
Series Playing Shakespeare Unknown 1982-07-29
Movie The Scarlet Pimpernel Chauvelin 1982-11-09
Movie Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare Unknown 1982
Series Amud Ha'Esh Unknown 1981-09-09
Series Forty Minutes Unknown 1981-10-01
Movie The 35th Annual Tony Awards Unknown 1981-06-07
Movie Priest of Love D.H. Lawrence 1981-10-11
Series Blankety Blank Unknown 1979-01-18
Series CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979-10-22
Series The South Bank Show Unknown 1978-01-14
Series Armchair Thriller Unknown 1978-02-21
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series Arena Unknown 1975-10-01
Series Country Matters Unknown 1975-02-02
Series Late Night Drama Unknown 1974-07-10
Series BBC2 Playhouse Unknown 1974-03-13
Series Fantastic Unknown 1973-08-05
Series Great Performances Unknown 1972-11-04
Movie The Tragedy of King Richard II King Richard II 1971-01-20
Movie Edward II King Edward 1970-08-06
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Series Solo Unknown 1970-01-14
Movie Hamlet Hamlet 1970-11-07
Movie A Touch of Love George 1969-09-01
Movie Alfred the Great Roger 1969-10-01
Series ITV Sunday Night Theatre Unknown 1969-01-11
Movie The Promise Leonidik 1969-12-01
Series Omnibus Himself / ... 1967-10-13
Series BBC Show of the Week Unknown 1966
Series David Copperfield David Copperfield 1966-01-16
Series BBC Play of the Month Unknown 1965-10-19
Series Call My Bluff Unknown 1965-10-17
Series Jackanory Unknown 1965-12-13
Series The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling Unknown 1964-07-05
Series The Wednesday Play Unknown 1964-09-30
Series Coronation Street Unknown 1960-12-09
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14