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McKellen polished acting skills in closet

McKellen polished acting skills in closet

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- British actor Ian McKellen said hiding his homosexuality in years past helped hone his skills as an actor.
Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 6 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Peter Jackson announced in a blog post Friday he has completed principal photography on the two-part epic "The Hobbit" in New Zealand.

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Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Billy Connolly has signed on to play dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" project, the director said Wednesday.
Gervais penning 'Extras' special

Gervais penning 'Extras' special

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais says he is working on a one-hour special continuing his recently wrapped show-biz series "Extras."

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DreamWorks, 'Cars' top Annie nominations

GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- DreamWorks Animation and the hit animated U.S. film "Cars" have collected the most nominations for the International Animated Film Society's Annie Awards.

Ricky Gervais' next TV project to be drama

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- British comedian Ricky Gervais -- the man behind the TV comedies "Extras" and "The Office" -- says he's ready to break into TV drama.

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Stars to flock to British film ceremony

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Dozens of A-list celebrities are expected in London Sunday for The Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, organizers said Thursday.

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Today is Sunday, May 25, the 145th day of 2003 with 220 to follow.
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British actor Ian McKellen attends "The Orange British Academy Film Awards" at The Royal Opera House in London on February 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He has received a Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known to many for roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men films.

In 1988, McKellen came out and announced he was homosexual. He became a founding member of Stonewall, one of the United Kingdom's most influential LGBT rights groups, of which he remains a prominent spokesman.

McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, though he spent most of his early life in Wigan. Born shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the experience had some lasting impact on him. In response to an interview question when an interviewer remarked that he seemed quite calm in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks, he said: "Well, darling, you forget — I slept under a steel plate until I was four years old."

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