McKellen, Ian

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McKellen, Ian Gender: M
Ian Murray McKellen
born on 25 May 1939 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )
Place Burnley, England, 53n48, 2w14
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 03°44' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 02°10 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 07°04'

Ian McKellen
photo: Stefan Servos, license cc-by-sa-3.0


English stage and screen actor who achieved worldwide fame for his film roles, including the titular King in Richard III (1995), James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. A recipient of every major theatrical award in the UK, McKellen is regarded as a British cultural icon.

His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics' Choice Awards. He has also received nominations for two Academy Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards, and four BAFTAs.

One of the theater's finest classical actors, he began performing in college and in 1961, rapidly established his reputation on stage. His one-man play was a tour-de-force, Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare. His powerful performance of Salieri in the Broadway production of Amadeus earned him a Tony in 1981.

An early fascination with theatre was encouraged by his family. When he was three, he was taken to see Peter Pan and when seven, he had a toy Victorian theatre complete with cutout actors on wire to move about. His sisters took him to see his first Shakespeare. McKellen graduated from Cambridge with a B.A. in 1961. Though he had not attended drama school, he had played in 21 undergraduate performances. His first professional play was a small role in Belgrade Theatre Coventry's production of A Man For All Seasons.

After a successful run on the British stage and Broadway, he firmly established the stage as his medium. His early sorties into the film genre were with Shakespeare works. In 1989 he had a supporting role in Scandal and four years later played in Schwarzenegger's Last Action Hero. His appearances have been remarkable in such films as Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and Love and Death on Long Island (1998).

Openly gay since 1988, he has been a leading spokesman for gay rights in Britain. In 1990, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He has a riverside terraced house in Limehouse within sight of both Canary Warf and Tower Bridge in London.

Adding to his vast body of work, he once again impressed audiences by his portrayal of Gandalf in the hugely-successful films, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. The three films were released at Christmas time in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Dench, Judi (born 9 December 1934). Notes: Co-stars in 1976 play "Macbeth" and 2019 film "Cats"
  • associate relationship with Jackman, Hugh (born 12 October 1968). Notes: Worked together four times
  • associate relationship with Mirren, Helen (born 26 July 1945). Notes: Co-stars in 2019 film "The Good Liar"
  • friend relationship with Stewart, Patrick (born 13 July 1940). Notes: Co-stars in 2009 play "Waiting for Godot" and "X-Men" films
  • role played of/by Hitler, Adolf (born 20 April 1889). Notes: 1989 TV film "Countdown to War"
  • role played of/by Kronfeld, Arthur (born 9 January 1886). Notes: 1985 film "Zina"
  • role played of/by Lawrence, D.H. (born 11 September 1885). Notes: 1980 film "Priest of Love"
  • role played of/by Nikolai II, Czar of Russia (born 6 May 1868 Jul.Cal. (18 May 1868 greg.)). Notes: 1996 TV film "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny"
  • role played of/by Profumo, John (born 30 January 1915). Notes: 1989 film "Scandal"


  • Work : New Career 1961 (Started his stage performances)
  • Social : End a program of study 1961 (B.A. from Cambridge)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1964 (Brian Taylor)
  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1972 (Brian Taylor)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1978 (Sean Mathias)
  • Work : Prize 1981 (Tony Award)
  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1988 (Sean Mathias, remain friends)
  • Social : Secrets revealed 27 January 1988 (Came out publicly as gay on BBC radio)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1989 (Appeared in "Scandal")
  • Work : Prize 1990 (Knighted by Queen Elizabeth)
  • Work : Gain social status 1999 (Oscar nomination)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2006 (Prostate cancer)

Source Notes

Data Plus UK Issue 4/1999 quotes his website, which states "Ian Murray McKellen was born at 20.30 Greenwich Mean Time." Same data sent by Frederique Boele. (20:30 GMT = 21:30 GDT/BST).

Sy Scholfield quotes from Ian McKellen: The Biography by Garry O'Connor (Hachette UK, 2019): "Ian Murray McKellen was born into a family of professional Northern stock in the Burnley General Hospital, East Lancashire, at 8.30 in the evening of 25 May 1939, just months before the outbreak of the Second World War."


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Mainly pescetarian)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Prostate)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (His sister Jean, five years older)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (Brian Taylor; Sean Mathias)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Sean Mathias)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Fundraiser
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay (Openly gay)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Atheist
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Stage, film, TV, music videos)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Preferable, noted actor in legitimate theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over (Narrator)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Gay rights activist)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Ordained minister of Universal Life Church)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Five-times nominated)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Twice nominated)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (CBE)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Many)