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Ian McKellen

 
Bio:
McKellen is recognised worldwide as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in Tolkien's Middle Earth films. He won his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor, as the gay film director James Whale, in Bill Condon's 1998 classic "Gods and Monsters". Since he has starred in The Da Vinci Code", "Mr ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
McKellen is recognised worldwide as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in Tolkien's Middle Earth films. He won his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor, as the gay film director James Whale, in Bill Condon's 1998 classic "Gods and Monsters". Since he has starred in The Da Vinci Code", "Mr ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
2022
Mother Goose [Replacement]
  [West End]
London Production, 2022
Voice
  [West End]
Original West End Production, 2019
Cast
  [West End]
Chichester Festival Theatre West End Revival, 2018
King Lear
  [West End]
Almeida Theatre Original Film Project, 2017
Performer
  [West End]
West End Production, 2016
Spooner
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2013
Spooner
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2013
Estragon
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2001
Edgar
  [Broadway]
1994
Performer
  [Broadway]
1986
Platonov
  [Broadway]
1984
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Antonio Salieri
  [London Fringe]
Original London Production, 1977
Performer
  [Broadway]
1967
Leonidik

Ian McKellen Movies

Alfred the Great
 
[1969]
Roger
A Touch of Love
 
[1969]
George
The Promise
 
[1969]
Leonidik
Priest of Love
 
[1981]
D.H. Lawrence
The Keep
 
[1983]
Dr. Theodore Cuza
Plenty
 
[1985]
Sir Andrew Charleson
Zina
 
[1985]
Kronfeld
Scandal
 
[1989]
John Profumo
Six Degrees of Separation
 
[1993]
Geoffrey
The Ballad of Little Jo
 
[1993]
Percy Corcoran
Last Action Hero
 
[1993]
Death Sir Ian McKellan
I'll Do Anything
 
[1994]
John Earl McAlpine
The Shadow
 
[1994]
Reinhardt Lane
Heaven's a Drag
 
[1994]
Quilt Documentary Narrator
Richard III
 
[1995]
Richard III - Duke of Gloucester
Restoration
 
[1995]
Will Gates
Jack & Sarah
 
[1995]
William
Bent
 
[1997]
Uncle Freddie
Swept from the Sea
 
[1997]
Dr. James Kennedy
Gods and Monsters
 
[1998]
James Whale
Apt Pupil
 
[1998]
Kurt Dussander
The Book That Wrote Itself
 
[1999]
Mr. McKellen
X-Men
 
[2000]
Eric Lensherr, Magneto
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
 
[2001]
Gandalf
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
 
[2002]
Gandalf
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
 
[2003]
Gandalf
X2: X-Men United
 
[2003]
Eric Lehnsherr, Magneto
Emile
 
[2003]
Emile
Neverwas
 
[2005]
Gabriel Finch
Eighteen
 
[2005]
Jon Anders
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout
 
[2005]
Zebedee
Asylum
 
[2005]
Dr. Peter Cleave
The Da Vinci Code
 
[2006]
Sir Leigh Teabing
Flushed Away
 
[2006]
The Toad
X-Men: The Last Stand
 
[2006]
Erik Lehnsherr, Magneto
Doogal
 
[2006]
Zebedee
Displaced
 
[2006]
voice
The Golden Compass
 
[2007]
Iorek Byrnison
Stardust
 
[2007]
Narrator
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
 
[2012]
Gandalf
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
 
[2013]
Gandalf
X-Men: Days of Future Past
 
[2014]
Magneto
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
 
[2014]
Gandalf
Miss in Her Teens
 
[2014]
The Prologue
Mr. Holmes
 
[2015]
Sherlock Holmes
Look Back in Anger
 
[2016]
Colonel
Animal Crackers
 
[2017]
Horatio P. Huntington
Beauty and the Beast
 
[2017]
Cogsworth
National Theatre Live: King Lear
 
[2018]
King Lear
All Is True
 
[2018]
Earl of Southampton
The Good Liar
 
[2019]
Roy Courtnay
Cats
 
[2019]
Gus the Theatre Cat
Infinitum: Subject Unknown
 
[2021]
Dr. Charles Marland-White
The Critic
 
[2023]
Jimmy Erskine

Ian McKellen TV Shows

Vicious
 
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Freddie Thornhill

Ian McKellen Biography

McKellen is recognised worldwide as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in Tolkien's Middle Earth films. He won his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor, as the gay film director James Whale, in Bill Condon's 1998 classic "Gods and Monsters". Since he has starred in The Da Vinci Code", "Mr Holmes", "Beauty and the Beast", with "CATS" yet to come.
In Shakespeare he has triumphed as Richard II, Macbeth (with Judi Dench), Coriolanus, Iago, Richard III (also on film) and most recently as King Lear. He was in the first of Martin Sherman's sensational "Bent" and premieres of plays by Arnold Wesker, Peter Shaffer, Michael Frayn, Alan Ayckbourn and Mark Ravenhill. Of late he has been Widow Twankey in the Old Vic's "Aladdin" pantomime and toured "Waiting for Godot" and "No Man's Land" with Patrick Stewart. As Salieri in "Amadeus" he won the Tony Award in 1981.

Ian McKellen Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2017 - Best Actor
Ian McKellen, No Man's Land

Ian McKellen News

Hosts Announced For AN EVENING WITH RICHARD DAWKINS Austalian Tour Photo Hosts Announced For AN EVENING WITH RICHARD DAWKINS Austalian Tour
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 18, 2023

World-renowned evolutionary biologist, author, and public intellectual, Richard Dawkins, makes his highly anticipated return to Australia in less than one month for a national tour, kicking off on Friday 17 February in Melbourne.

National Youth Theatre Announce Free Auditions Around The Country Next Month Photo National Youth Theatre Announce Free Auditions Around The Country Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2023

The National Youth Theatre (NYT) has announced free auditions around the country in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London and Manchester this February. Young people will also be able to audition online using the National Youth Theatre Hub.

Giffords Circus' LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS to Tour the UK Beginning April 2023 Photo Giffords Circus' LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS to Tour the UK Beginning April 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 9, 2023

Giffords Circus has revealed the name of it’s 2023 show: Les Enfants du Paradis will take inspiration from French Romanticism in the mid-19th Century.

Broadway Lover's Guide to HBO Max Photo Broadway Lover's Guide to HBO Max
by Michael Major - Dec 31, 2022

HBO Max offers a collection of content curated from across WarnerMedia's catalog and a roster of new Max Originals. Among those include an impressive lineup of muscials, plays, and films that theater lovers will enjoy. From Dear Evan Hansen to West Side Story to Cats, check out what Broadway lovers can stream on HBO Max now!

MOTHER GOOSE Starring Ian McKellen and John Bishop Announces Additional Venues For UK Photo MOTHER GOOSE Starring Ian McKellen and John Bishop Announces Additional Venues For UK and Ireland Tour
by Stephi Wild - Dec 30, 2022

The smash-hit production of MOTHER GOOSE starring Ian McKellen and John Bishop, will also visit Leicester, Salford and Bristol as part of their UK and Ireland tour.

ABC & The Wonderful World of Disney To Air Fan-Favorite Movies Every Sunday Night in  Photo ABC & The Wonderful World of Disney To Air Fan-Favorite Movies Every Sunday Night in January
by Michael Major - Dec 23, 2022

Throughout the entire month, ABC will cap-off weekends with beloved titles currently available to stream on Disney+, including “The Lion King” and “Finding Nemo” as well as the broadcast world premieres of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Iron Man” and “The Avengers.”

Over £75,000 Has Been Raised For Acting For Others at This Year's ONE NIGHT ONLY at  Photo Over £75,000 Has Been Raised For Acting For Others at This Year's ONE NIGHT ONLY at The Ivy, West Street
by Stephi Wild - Dec 16, 2022

Theatrical charity Acting for Others has announced that over £75,000 has been raised at this year's One Night Only that returned to The Ivy, West Street on Sunday 4 December for the first time following the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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by Stephi Wild - Dec 13, 2022

Review: MOTHER GOOSE, Theatre Royal Brighton Photo Review: MOTHER GOOSE, Theatre Royal Brighton
by Caroline Cronin - Dec 11, 2022

As a self-professed panto enthusiast, Mother Goose has never been a favourite of mine...until now. This high profile production written by Jonathan Harvey is a super smart interpretation which has been updated sympathetically for 2022 without losing the original intent.

Billy Crudup to be Honored at Vineyard Theatre 40th Anniversary Gala Photo Billy Crudup to be Honored at Vineyard Theatre 40th Anniversary Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 8, 2022

Vineyard Theatre's 40th Anniversary Gala will honor Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup with celebratory toasts to Ken Greiner, Chair, Vineyard Board of Directors and Marcia Pendelton, President and Founder of Walk Tall Girl Productions, on February 13, 2023 beginning at 6:00pm at Edison Ballroom.

Ian McKellen Videos

VIDEO: Helen Mirren Accepts the Life Achievement Award at the SAG Awards Videoplay
VIDEO: Helen Mirren Accepts the Life Achievement Award at the SAG Awards

by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2022

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held last night, Sunday, Feb. 27 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, and aired on TNT and TBS. Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett presented Helen Mirren with the 57th Life Achievement Award, which was preceded by a montage of some of her most iconic screen performances.

VIDEO: Watch the Full 2020 Olivier Awards Ceremony, Featuring Performances from Sam T Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Full 2020 Olivier Awards Ceremony, Featuring Performances from Sam Tutty, Miriam-Teak Lee, and Sharon D. Clarke!

by Stage Tube - Oct 26, 2020

The winners of the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard were announced last night in a special ITV programme filmed at The London Palladium, and on Official London Theatre’s YouTube channel.

VIDEO: Jason Derulo Reacts to his CATS Acting on THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Jason Derulo Reacts to his CATS Acting on THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW

by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2020

Jason Derulo looks back at the last time he visited 'The Kelly Clarkson Show,' including the jaw-dropping moment where he impersonated a feline on all fours. Plus, he talks about his new single, 'Take You Dancing,' and all the crazy things he's done to stay entertained during quarantine.

VIDEO: Judi Dench Answers Questions From Daniel Craig, Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, an Videoplay
VIDEO: Judi Dench Answers Questions From Daniel Craig, Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, and More on British Vogue's ASK A LEGEND

by Stage Tube - May 10, 2020

What do you think Sam Smith would ask Judi Dench, given the chance? What about Cara Delevingne, Stormzy, Charlize Theron, Naomi Scott, Kate Moss, or her former James Bond co-star, Daniel Craig?

VIDEO: YouTuber Lindsay Ellis Attempts to Explain CATS in New Video Essay Videoplay
VIDEO: YouTuber Lindsay Ellis Attempts to Explain CATS in New Video Essay

by Stage Tube - Apr 5, 2020

Video essayist and YouTuber Lindsay Ellis has created an hour-long video, attempting to explain CATS.

VIDEO: Watch The 'Leaked' CATS 'Butthole Cut' Trailer Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch The 'Leaked' CATS 'Butthole Cut' Trailer

by Alan Henry - Apr 1, 2020

No, there isn't an actual 'butthole cut' of the CATS film, but that hasn't stopped XVP Comedy from making a parody of the trailer visualizing what might have been!

VIDEO: James Corden and Rebel Wilson Present at the Oscars While Dressed as Cats Videoplay
VIDEO: James Corden and Rebel Wilson Present at the Oscars While Dressed as Cats

by Stage Tube - Feb 9, 2020

During the 2020 Oscars, James Corden and Rebel Wilson, both stars of the recent CATS, come out on stage to talk about the importance of Visual Effects. The two actors poked fun at the film adaptation, while dressed in cat suits!

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Explains the Plot of CATS to Colbert on THE LATE SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Explains the Plot of CATS to Colbert on THE LATE SHOW

by Stage Tube - Dec 20, 2019

Jennifer Hudson stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her film, Cats, which is out in theaters today!

VIDEO: Tom Hooper and James Corden Put Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, & More Through  Videoplay
VIDEO: Tom Hooper and James Corden Put Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, & More Through 'CATS School'

by Stage Tube - Dec 20, 2019

In preparation for their roles in the new 'Cats' film, director Tom Hooper hosts a workshop with some core members of the cast. Watch as Tom and head cat James Corden train Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Rebel Wilson and Francesca Hayward, and evaluate which one will take home Best In Show.

VIDEO: See the Cast of CATS Remix 'Memory' on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON Videoplay
VIDEO: See the Cast of CATS Remix 'Memory' on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON

by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2019

The cast of Cats, including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, James Corden and Francesca Hayward, join Jimmy and The Roots to perform a remix of 'Memory' with instruments they found in an alley.


Ian McKellen Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ian McKellen been in?
Ian McKellen has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Ian McKellen been in?
Ian McKellen has appeared on London's West End in 6 shows.

What was Ian McKellen's first West End show?
Ian McKellen's first West End show was No Man's Land which opened in 2016

What awards has Ian McKellen been nominated for?
Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for No Man's Land .

What is Ian McKellen next theatre project?
Ian McKellen's next show will be Mother Goose - Duke of York's Theatre which opens on 12/15/2022 on West End.