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Mix Up Star: IAN MCKELLEN

Updated: Nov 1, 2022



Age: 82

Birthday: 25th May


Ian McKellen is an English actor. His career spans seven decades, having performed in genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. Over his career he has received numerous awards including seven Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He has also received nominations for two Academy Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards, and four BAFTAs. He 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.





The BBC states that his "performances have guaranteed him a place in the canon of English stage and film actors". A recipient of every major theatrical award in the UK, McKellen is regarded as a British cultural icon. He started his professional career in 1961 at the Belgrade Theatre as a member of their highly regarded repertory company. In 1965, McKellen made his first West End appearance. In 1969, he was invited to join the Prospect Theatre Company to play the lead parts in Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II, and he firmly established himself as one of the country's foremost classical actors. In the 1970s, McKellen became a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain. In 1981 he received his first Tony Award nomination and win for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus.



 

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: 2

2002 - Best Supporting Actor - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

1999 - Best Leading Actor - GODS AND MONSTERS


BAFTA AWARD NOMINATIONS: 5

2016 - Best Supporting TV Actor - THE DRESSER

2004 - Best Supporting Actor - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

2002 - Best Supporting Actor - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

1997 - Best Leading Actor - RICHARD III

1997 - Best Adapted Screenplay - RICHARD III


GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS: 3 WINS: 1

1999 - Best Leading Actor - GODS AND MONSTERS

1997 - Best Supporting TV Actor - RASPUTIN

1996 - Best Leading Actor - RICHARD III



How do you rate Ian McKellen's films?


TOP 10 IAN MCKELLEN MOVIES...

  1. X-Men (2000)

  2. X2: X-Men United (2004)

  3. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jouney (2012)

  5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

  8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)




 










 

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