Sir Ian McKellen is an iconic British actor, born on May 25, 1939, in Burnley, Lancashire, England. With a career spanning several decades, he has achieved distinction both on stage and in film. Renowned for his classical stage roles, McKellen has received numerous accolades for his performances in plays like "King Lear" and "Macbeth." However, he is perhaps best recognized internationally for his film roles, notably as Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies and as Magneto in the "X-Men" series. McKellen's expansive career includes an array of other notable films such as "Gods and Monsters," for which he received an Academy Award nomination. In addition to his acting endeavors, Sir Ian is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has been openly gay since the 1980s. His contributions to the arts and his advocacy work led to him being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991.
"I started reading these words and, I have to confess, there were so many that I didn’t understand. The narrative of what I was trying to read made no sense to me, but there was something else, a kind of mild exultation."