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Sir Ian McKellen CH, CBE, was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1939. He was drawn to the theatre from the age of three following a trip to Manchester's Opera House to see Peter Pan. At the age of 18 he attended St Catherine's College in Cambridge where he became a member of the Marlowe Society, his contemporaries included Trevor Nunn and Derek Jacobi.
After a period working in repertory theatres around the UK he became a member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company in 1965. McKellen performed frequently in the Royal Shakespeare Company during the 1970s & 1980s, taking leading roles in Macbeth in 1976 alongside Judi Dench.
Outside of his theatrical work he is probably most recognised for his roles as Gandalf the Grey/White in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003), and Hobbit Trilogy (2012-2014) and as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in the X-Men franchise (1999-Present).
2007 marked a return to the RSC and to working wth Trevor Nunn appearing in productions of The Seagull and King Lear, both shows had a residancy at the New London Theatre following a world tour. In 2009 he appeared in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot along side his X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. They would go on to reprise their roles on Broadway in Godot in 2013, the production running in rep with No Man's Land by Harold Pinter.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|No Man's Land||Spooner||Wyndhams||2016||News|
|Waiting for Godot||Estragon||Haymarket||2010||Review|
|Waiting for Godot||Estagon||Haymarket||2009||Review|
|The Seagull||Sorin||New London||2008||Review|
|King Lear||King Lear||New London||2007||Review|
|Aladdin||Widow Twankey||Old Vic||2005|
|Aladdin||Widow Twankey||Old Vic||2004||Review|
|Dance of Death||Edgar||Lyric||2003||Review|
|Peter Pan||Mr Darling / Captain Hook||National||1997|
|An Enemy of the People||Dr Thomas Stockmann||National||1997||Review|