I spoke to Guillermo in the very room that Peter Jackson offered me the part and he confirmed that I would be reprising the roleMcKellen to return as Gandalf in 'Hobbit' Apr 30, 2008
Peter and Fran have always wanted to do 'The Hobbit' but whether that happens is yet to be decidedPeter Jackson may yet direct 'The Hobbit' Aug 11, 2007
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingIan McKellen joins fantasy film 'Stardust' Jan 02, 2007
It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexualityMcKellen says Hollywood closed to gays Feb 12, 2006
It's all a bit of an adventure for me. But I believe there's more pure theater in a pantomime than you get in Shakespeare, and if it works, it's unforgettableIan McKellen stars in 'Aladdin' pantomime Nov 19, 2004
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."