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Ian McKellen Net Worth

Ian McKellen Net Worth is
$55 Million

Ian McKellen Biography

Ian Murray McKellen was born on 25 May 1939, in Burnley, Lancashire England, and is one of the most successful and experienced actors in the film industry, known for appearing in such movies as “X-Men”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “Asylum”, “Stardust” and many others. In addition to this, Ian has also appeared in various television shows and has acted in numerous plays. During his career, Ian has been nominated for and has won various awards; some of them include, Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Academy Award, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, Genie Award and many others. There is no doubt that Ian McKellen is one of the most acclaimed actors in both movie and television industries. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 for services to the entertainment industry.

If you consider how rich Ian McKellen is, it can be said that Ian’s estimated net worth is $55 million. Clearly, the main source of this sum of money is Ian’s extraordinary career as an actor, as he has appeared in many successful movies and television shows, and has been active in the industry for more than 50 years. What is more, McKellen has involved himself in other activities as well and they also add to his net worth.

Ian McKellen Net Worth $55 Million

Ian studied at Bolton School and soon became a part of the Bolton Little Theatre, where he started learning the art of acting. Later Ian continued his studies at St. Catherine College, Cambridge, where he belonged to its theatre club, called “The Marlowe Society”. Soon he acted in such plays as “Doctor Faustus”, “Cymbeline”, “Henry IV” and others. In 1961 he appeared in the play called “A Man for All Seasons” and this was the time when Ian’s net worth began growing. Soon Ian became a well-known actor of British theatre and had an opportunity to portray many important roles. In 1964 Ian appeared in his first television show, called “The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling”, and one year later he appeared in “Sunday Out of Season”. Step by step McKellen’s popularity grew and he started receiving more invitations to portray a variety of roles in television shows and movies. In 1980 he was cast in the movie entitled “Priest of Love”, and this added a lot to his net worth.

Since then, he has appeared in various other movies and in 2000 he was cast in one of his most famous roles, that of Magneto in the movie “X-Men”. This movie gained huge acclaim and success and it made Ian’s net worth even higher. During the making of this movie, McKellen worked with such actors as Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, James Marsden and others. Later Ian appeared in other “X-Men” movies and became one of the most popular actors.

Ian then received an invitation to appear in what became other successful movies, “The Lord of the Rings” series, which of course also had a huge impact on the growth of Ian’s net worth, and Ian became one of the most famous and acclaimed actors all over the world. Other movies and television shows that Ian has appeared in include “King Lear”, “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny”, “Flushed Away”, “The Da Vinci Code”, “Mr.Holmes” and others. All these appearances made Ian’s net worth higher.

If to talk about Ian’s personal life, it can be said that he is a homosexual and has publicly spoken about that. In 1964 he started dating his first partner, Brian Taylor. Their relationship ended in 1972 and in 1978 he started a relationship with Sean Mathias, which they ended it in 1988. What is more, Ian is a very active person and he has participated in various campaigns and charity events. All in all, it can be said that Ian McKellen is a very talented and interesting personality, who has achieved acclaim in movie and television industries and in theatre as well. Although he is now 76 years old he still continues receiving invitations to act in different projects and hopefully he will be able to continue his career for a long time.

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Quick Facts

Full NameIan McKellen
Net Worth$55 Million
Date Of BirthMay 25, 1939
Place Of BirthBurnley, United Kingdom,
Height5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
ProfessionActor, Voice Actor, Businessperson, Screenwriter
EducationUniversity of Cambridge, Cambridge University, Bolton School, St Catharine's College, Cambridge
NationalityUnited Kingdom
ParentsDenis Murray McKellen, Margery Lois Sutcliffe
SiblingsJean McKellen
NicknamesSir Ian McKellan , Sir Ian McKellen , Sir Ian Murray McKellen , Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE , Ian Murray McKellen , Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, Kt, CBE
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AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain, Teen Choice Award for Film - Choice Sleazebag, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Play, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama, News & Documentary Emmy Award for New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy or Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
MoviesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Beauty and the Beast, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Mr. Holmes, The Da Vinci Code, X2, Gods and Monsters, Flushed Away, X-Men, Apt Pupil, The Golden Compass, Richard III, Neverwas, Last Action Hero, Six Degrees of Separation, And the Band Played On, Stardust, The Dresser, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Keep, The Magic Roundabout, Asylum, Cold Comfort Farm, The Ballad of Little Jo, Eighteen, Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man, Priest of Love, Jack and Sarah, A Touch of Love, The Shadow, David Copperfield, Swept from the Sea, I'll Do Anything, Alfred the Great, The Wolverine, King Lear, Heaven's a Drag, Animal Crackers, Countdown to War, Emile, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, Miss in Her Teens, Windmills of the Gods, Scandal, Loving Walter
TV ShowsVicious, Coronation Street, The Prisoner, more


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He was awarded he 1998 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Performance for "An Enemy of the People" in a Royal National Theatre production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Was considered for the role of Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996).
3Turned down the role of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). He was quoted saying "I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be to much to hope for." (referring to his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings).
4Was considered for the role of Clayton in Tarzan (1999).
5He was offered the role of King Charles VI of France in Henry V (1989) but he turned it down. Paul Scofield was eventually cast.
6Although he played Maggie Smith's son in Richard III (1995), he is less than five years her junior in real life.
7He has two roles in common with Michael Fassbender: (1) McKellen played Macbeth in A Performance of Macbeth (1979) while Fassbender played him in Macbeth (2015) and (2) McKellen played Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), The Wolverine (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) while Fassbender played him in X: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
8Although he was 56 when he played the title character in Richard III (1995), King Richard III was only 32 years old when he died on August 22, 1485.
9He has three Shakespearean roles in common with Laurence Olivier: (1) Olivier played Hamlet in Hamlet (1948) while McKellen played him in Hamlet (1970), (2) Olivier played King Richard III in Richard III (1955) while McKellen played him in Richard III (1995) and (3) Olivier played King Lear in King Lear (1983) while McKellen played him in King Lear (2008).
10Along with Cate Blanchett, he is one of only two actors to appear in all six of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth films: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
11He played the British Conservative MP John Profumo in Scandal (1989) and the British film director James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998). Both of these men had connections to Valerie Hobson: Profumo was married to Hobson from December 31, 1954 until her death on November 13, 1998 while Whale directed her in Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
12He has made six films with Hugh Jackman: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Flushed Away (2006), The Wolverine (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
13Performed Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" at the National Theatre in London with a young Johnny Neal. Johnathon also appeared in A Christmas Carol (1999) with Patrick Stewart, one of Sir Ian's closest friends.
14"The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling" (with Gregory Peck) in 1966 would have been his feature film debut but for the hostile snowy Swiss location weather. The production, a World War I film with a script by Roald Dahl to be directed by David Miller, was abandoned after 5 weeks filming.
15London E14, England [December 2007]
16Revealed in December 2012 that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
17At 74 years old, he is the oldest actor to be cast in the role of Sherlock Holmes.
18Has English, Northern Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
19Had Maggie Smith play his mother in Richard III (1995), and then played her on an episode of "Saturday Night Live". In the BBC Radio production of "Goldfinger", he worked with her real son, Toby Stephens. Smith's former husband, Sir Robert Stephens, also played Aragorn in the BBC Radio version of "The Lord of the Rings".
20Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster on February 3, 2013.
21Close friends with Rachel Weisz.
22Played Magneto in three consecutive films - the only other actors to play comic book criminals in three films, as of 2008, are James Franco as Harry Osborn, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and his X-Men (2000) co-star, Rebecca Romijn as Mystique.
23Had not read either "The Golden Compass" (aka "Northern Lights") by Philip Pullman, or any of the Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien before he was cast in the movie adaptations.
24Marched at London's Gay Pride Parade July 5, 2008.
25Was Head boy at Bolton School.
26Ranked #45 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
27Is good friends with Monica Lewinsky. The two met at the The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999). She accompanied him to the London premiere of Gods and Monsters (1998).
28He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 2008 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama and to equality.
29Has played both a Holocaust victim (X-Men (2000)) and a Nazi (Apt Pupil (1998), both in movies directed by Bryan Singer.
30When he appeared on "Desert Island Discs" (the long-running BBC radio program that asks prominent people what eight pieces of music they would take to a deserted island), the pieces he chose were: 1. "Stars and Stripes Forever" (John Philip Sousa) performed by Vladimir Horowitz; 2. Part of "Adagio for Strings" (Barber) performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Geoffrey Simon; 3. Part of 2nd movement of Late Quartet No.13 in B flat Opus 130 (Ludwig van Beethoven) performed by the Lindsay String Quartet; 4. "Rose's Turn" (Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim) performed by Ethel Merman; 5. "Stormy Weather" (Koehler/Arlen) performed by Lena Horne; 6. "Mississippi Goddam" (Nina Simone) performed by Simone; 7. "Harrison's Clocks (Birtwhistle) performed by Joanna McGregor; 8. "Dancing Queen" (B. Andersson/S.Andersson/Ulvaeus) performed by ABBA; His one allowed book was "A Dictionary of Flora and Fauna", and his luxury was a grand piano.
31In the Independent of Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - he came no. 1, up from no. 2, knocking Elton John from top spot.
32Says the same line, "The war has begun", in the trailers of both the major, unrelated blockbusters X2 (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
33Has appeared in the Lord of the Rings and X-Men, both of which required a lead character to be recast soon after production started. In the Lord of the Rings, Stuart Townsend was replaced by Viggo Mortensen, and in X-Men (2000), Dougray Scott was replaced by Hugh Jackman.
34Only performer to receive an acting Academy Award nomination for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
35Has appeared with Bruce Davison in four different films: Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Apt Pupil (1998), X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003). The first of these is the only one not directed by Bryan Singer.
36Like his The Da Vinci Code (2006) character, Sir Leigh Teabing, he has been knighted. As such, prior to being cast, he spotted two errors in the book's portrayal of Knighthood. Knights neither receive ID badges nor are granted any of the special privileges Teabing demands as a result of Knighthood.
37Was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the same time as Patrick Stewart.
38He said that appeal of the X-Men films to him was the concept of mutants being shunned, something he says he identifies with as he was repeatedly shunned as an open homosexual.
39Has worked with two Faramirs. Prior to appearing in the Lord of the Rings films with David Wenham, he appeared in the film Plenty (1985), with Andrew Seear. Seear played Faramir in the BBC radio adaptation, opposite Ian Holm.
40He used the phrase "old friend" in both the X-Men film series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In both cases (to Christopher Lee as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Patrick Stewart as Xavier in X-Men) it is said to an ally who has become a nemesis and "old friend" is said mockingly.
41Won Broadway's 1981 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for originating the role of Antonio Salieri in "Amadeus". He was nominated in the same category in 1984 for "Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare".
42Was set to play Antonio in Michael Radford's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004), but had to drop at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts.
43Has played cult characters in two of the biggest franchises; he played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Magneto in the X-Men film series.
44Wore a prosthetic nose to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
45Was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, England.
46Shares his middle name, Murray, with both Michael Hordern (Michael Murray Hordern), his predecessor in the role of Gandalf, and F. Murray Abraham, his successor in the role of Antonio Salieri.
47Originally aspired to be a journalist.
48Studied at St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, when he was 18, with Sir Derek Jacobi, and with whom he had been "desperately in love", as he confessed on Inside the Actors Studio (1994). In an article in "The Advocate", issue dated December 11, 2001, he further explained that what he had felt for Jacobi in their youth was "a passion that was undeclared and unrequited".
49Graduated with a 2:2 in English from Cambridge University.
50He was awarded the 1989 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in "Othello".
51He was awarded the 1984 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Coriolanus".
52He was awarded the 1989 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Othello".
53Began acting as a means of escape from mourning after his mother's death and constant bullying at school from fellow students.
54Before performing the role of Gandalf, he listened to a recording of J.R.R. Tolkien reading Gandalf lines from the novel. He used this as a base for creating the character, and imitated the accent used by Tolkien in the recording.
55He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1991 (1990 season) for Best Actor in "Richard III" at the Royal National Theatre.
56He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1985 (1984 season) for Best Actor in a Revival for "Wild Honey".
57The original Lord of the Rings books, and X-Men comics, both feature a character named Sauron, and a book entitled "The Return of the King". The X-Men graphic novel "The Return of the King" is, appropriately, about the return of Magneto.
58According to an interview, one of the last things Margaret Thatcher did as Prime Minister was recommending him for a knighthood.
59While being a guest on Jay Leno (December 26, 2003), he said that he had not seen X2 (2003) when it opened in theaters, he only saw it when the DVD hit the stores. He then called up Bryan Singer and asked, "Is there going to be X-Men 3?" Singer replied, "Yes". In his excitement, he got Singer six theater tickets to go see The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). As it turned out, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) would not be directed by Singer.
60Has played Maggie Smith in a "Weekend Update" skit on an episode of Saturday Night Live (1975) that he hosted.
61He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
62Was offered the part of Mission Commander Swanbeck in Mission: Impossible II (2000). He was not able to accept the role, due to a prior theatre engagement in London. The part eventually went to Anthony Hopkins.
63Is a vegetarian.
64Had a tattoo of the Elvish character for 9 along with seven other members of the fellowship in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
65Originated the role of Antonio Salieri in the Broadway production of "Amadeus".
66Has played the vampire in the music video "Heart" by Pet Shop Boys.
67He was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 1991 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)£5,000,000
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)£4,000,000


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Frequently works with 'Peter Jackson', 'Patrick Stewart' and Andy Serkis
2Distinctively calm style of speaking
3Rich yet flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing


Quotes

#Quote
1Before Michael Mann had devised Miami Vice (1984) he directed The Keep (1983) and produced it and wrote it. He cast me as the heroine's father, a Romanian academic who gets caught up with Nazis and a monster trapped deep in the Keep. Ever-diligent, I had specially made my first trip to Bucharest and then had a couple of lessons from a dialect coach in London. So by the first day of filming I was ready to sound and feel authentically Romanian. Just before my first take as Dr. Cuza, Michael said: "Drop the accent - make him more Chicago." Well, if the writer/producer/director makes a request, you jump to it. [June 2000]
2[on the Academy Awards] If you are trying to have a career, as a black or Hispanic actor in a state - California - where white people are now the minority, and you are being judged by an Academy where the vast majority are white, male, middle-aged and old ... well, perhaps that is the wrong yardstick. [2016]
3[on the Oscars] My speech has been in two jackets ... 'I'm proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar.' I've had to put it back in my pocket twice. [2016]
4I've always loved dictionaries and encyclopedias. Now you get all that on your computer. It's fantastic. You're looking up something about Dickens and you're invited to explore more and more. I don't know if that's wasting time or not but it doesn't help me to learn lines.
5I don't think I'm top choice. In theatre - for Shakespeare - I'm quite near the top, but not for all directors. In film, I'm way, way down. Spielberg's never asked to work with me, Tarantino has never asked, Sam Mendes has never asked. It isn't as if there's a long list of films I've turned down but there are plenty I wish I'd had a go at. That's the truth.
6[at a reunion, to observer Michael Fassbender] I just want to say how lovely it is to be back in California. I feel safe here now that you've got rid of Proposition 8. I'm looking for a husband. It's great to meet you Michael.
7I get offered a lot of parts that require long beards. I've turned down God on a number of occasions.
8I like fantasy movies, I like musicals, I like variety shows, I like Tony Bennett - it's all the same to me. The fact that some things are more popular than others doesn't make them better, and it certainly doesn't make them worse.
9I don't approve of titles. I think they get in the way. I do however approve of medals for public service, and that's how I choose to look at it.. [But] other actors said to me, 'Please we need a knighthood. Because when a knight knocks on the door of a government office, it has to open'.
10Peter [Jackson] and I were just so thrilled that Gandalf the White wasn't in 'The Hobbit'. We prefer Gandalf the Grey. He can have a smoke and a drink and a chat , and do a few little tricks. It was a great relief.
11I'm a snob about standards. But I don't find anything odd at all in being known for playing Gandalf. I couldn't be happier about it. Other people tend to get snobbish on my behalf. 'It must be dreadful to always be thought of as Gandalf', they say. Well I can't always be thought of as Richard III.
12[on 'coming out' as being gay] I immediately felt better in every way. I felt relieved that I wasn't lying. You know, when I was growing up in England, there were no gay clubs I knew about. There were no bars. Homosexuals were shamed publicly and imprisoned. You were on your own, looking over your shoulder all the time, hoping in the handshake of a stranger that he might be somebody gay. The first film role I deliberately chose to play after I came out was a raging heterosexual, John Profumo. I was just a little bit worried about whether I could carry out the bed scenes.
13I often get mistaken for 'Dumbledore'. One wizard is very much like another.
14Don't give up the projects you really want for some extra time with your girlfriend or because you don't want to miss a holiday with your family. They'll understand. Just don't have any regrets.
15When I act, some people fancy me and some of them are women. There we are! What's the problem? They don't believe me when I say I am in love with a woman?...They don't believe me when I say I am a wizard? They believe me even though they know I am not. It's all nonsense. Everyone knows we are acting. [In a Reuters interview, responding to those who say that gay actors shouldn't come out because then no one will find them believable in romantic scenes with actors of the opposite gender.]
16I didn't like my character. He didn't seem very deep. He just seemed a representative of evil. - On Apt Pupil (1998).
17About the 2008 death of Brad Renfro: "I first caught sight of Brad Renfro when he was kicking a football around with Bryan Singer on the half-built set of Apt Pupil (1998) in Hollywood. He was a kid having fun and that's how I shall always remember him. But he was more than that. He was a proper actor and when we worked together he was determined to be accepted as such. On set, he was blusteringly confident although it was obvious he would have benefited from training as an actor. Yet, as Todd, the disturbed teenager in Apt Pupil, he tapped into an inner demonic world and carried the film on his young shoulders. He longed to belong in the alien world which perhaps in the end overwhelmed him. He was only 25 and it is dreadful we shan't see all that he might have achieved."
18I looked down from my terrace hanging over the Thames one morning. It was low tide and there, stranded on the pebbles, was a four-legged corpse - hairless, white and bloated. Was it a calf or a sheep or a goat or a dog? I stared at it until the tide rose and washed it away. For 24 hours I was off my food. When I started eating again, I couldn't face meat - fresh or tinned. Overnight I was vegetarian and I have been for 15 years or more. I've seen the pictures of factory farming and followed the politics of mad cow disease and felt effortlessly superior. Yet it's not reason or conscience that keeps me off meat and fowl--and these days fish, too--just a memory of that unidentifiable, decomposing body on the beach.
19In theatre, I have been able to take parts I didn't think I could do - you have time to rehearse and learn. In movies, they want you to do what they know you can do - there isn't the time.
20My confidence only really peaked when I was 49 and said, "Yes, I'm gay."
21It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality. And even more difficult for a woman if she's lesbian. It's very distressing to me that that should be the case. The film industry is very old fashioned in California.
22I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer at the front saying, "This is fiction." I mean, walking on water? I mean, it takes an act of faith.
23I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up comic and acting Shakespeare - in fact, unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to be able to play Hamlet properly.
24It may be my rather puritanical upbringing at odds with my inborn laziness that makes me feel guilty at the end of the day, unless I am able to point at some achievement. But this need be no more impressive than cooking a meal or going for a long walk.
25Nobody has ever looked to Hollywood for social advance. Hollywood is a dream factory. I love the way that conservatives think that Hollywood is a bed of radicalism - it couldn't be more staid and old-ladyship if it tried. The audience don't give a blind whatever about the sexuality of actors. Gay people fancy straight people and vice-versa. It's all in the head, so what does it matter? You're not going to meet 'Heath Ledger'. You're not going to find out . . . It's the image you're looking at and falling in love with. There will be girls who go and see those two unhappy gay cowboys and go home and have fantasy dreams about them. Lovely!
26If I was a star, it would be difficult to go off and do Coronation Street (1960). So I guess I'm not a star.
27If The Da Vinci Code (2006) had been filming in a place where it rains a lot, I probably wouldn't have done it. Quite low down in the list is "How much am I going to be paid?" I'd say I was quite cheap, but my main feeling about money is that I don't want to feel as though I'm being taken advantage of. Certainly, I'm cheaper than Anthony Hopkins. The other actors they asked to play Gandalf wouldn't go to New Zealand on that money for that length of time. I thought it would be a bit of an adventure. Tony Hopkins didn't think it would be an adventure. Tony is part of Hollywood. I'm an eccentric English actor, and there's a lot of us around.
28They didn't call it marriage, although you can call it anything you want. The one thing you cannot mention is God, that is absolutely verboten. I suppose I'm a bit mean-spirited, but I really can't see why the government couldn't just say gay people can get married - that would have been true equality and so much simpler. But that hasn't been done because they couldn't face the furore. So they've passed a law that is not available to straight people - straight people cannot have a civil partnership, they have to get married - extraordinary.
29They'll let me play a gray-bearded wizard, but they still wouldn't cast a young gay actor - who was out - in a straight romantic lead.
30[12/5/03, on initially thinking it crazy to release the LOTR trilogy 12 months apart] I thought people wouldn't remember what happened a year ago. But I hadn't factored that they would be so successful at the box office, and that so many people would buy the DVD and videos in between the release of each film. I had thought the whole enterprise was doomed, because of the release pattern. I'm very happy to have been proved wrong.
31[12/5/03, about the cheering fans outside the InterContinentel Hotel, where he was staying in Wellington, New Zealand:] It's like several Christmases all come at once. They all love Gandalf, but I'm like Father Christmas in the shop. I'm not the real one.
32It wasn't exactly a mistake, but if there's anything I regret, it's probably having disguised my own native accent. Actors of my generation all tended to speak RP [received pronunciation]. Of course, it's all different now and drama students are encouraged to keep their regional accents and be able to do RP when required. Even at the BBC these days there's no standardised accent, and I rather think that's a good thing.
33"The Lord of the Rings" is a mythology, it is a fairy tale, it's an adventure story. It never happened. Except somewhere in our hearts.
34Acting is no longer about lying. It's now about revealing the truth. People are at ease with me now. Honesty is the best policy.
35I ... think of the Bible as great literature rather than great history; great imagination rather than reliable witness. Whatever, it is not as a law book that I respect the Bible.
36I've had enough of being a gay icon! I've had enough of all this hard work, because, since I came out, I keep getting all these parts, and my career's taken off. I want a quiet life. I'm going back into the closet. But I can't get back into the closet, because it's absolutely jam-packed full of other actors.
37I am encouraged by the theatricality of [J.R.R. Tolkien's] readings - full of rhythm and humor and characterization. Without question Gandalf is like Tolkien but then so, I suspected, are Frodo and Aragorn.
38When I, as Gandalf, meet Bilbo or Frodo at home, I bump my head on the rafters. [J.R.R. Tolkien] didn't think to mention it.
39Many unthinking people just don't like the idea of gays joining in their games, nor in the military and, it would seem, in the movies.
40I think it's one thing to declare your sexuality, if you care about what that is. It's another thing to start talking in public about what you do in private and who you do it with. It's not that they [my significant others] don't want to be identified as gay, but that they don't want to be identified as ... with me.
41[on his first theatre experience, "Peter Pan"] I wasn't over-impressed. For one thing it wasn't a real crocodile and I could see the wires.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Timeless AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)To an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.
2009OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesKing Lear (2008)
2009Donostia Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival
2007AnnieAnnie AwardsBest Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionFlushed Away (2006)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Guest ActorExtras (2005)
2006Honorary Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film Festival
2004Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Sean Astin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Bernard Hill

Ian Holm

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Noble

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Karl Urban

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2004Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Sean Astin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Bernard Hill

Ian Holm

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Noble

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Karl Urban

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Sean Astin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Bernard Hill

Ian Holm

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Noble

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Karl Urban

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2003ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Sean Austin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Brad Dourif

Bernard Hill

Ian Holm

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Noble

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Karl Urban

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2003Variety AwardBritish Independent Film Awards
2003NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Sean Astin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Bernard Hill

Ian Holm

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Noble

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Karl Urban

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2003OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)Sean Astin

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Brad Dourif

Bernard Hill

Christopher Lee

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)Sean Astin

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Brad Dourif

Bernard Hill

Christopher Lee

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2002Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002Maverick Tribute AwardCinequest San Jose Film Festival
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)Sean Astin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Ian Holm

Christopher Lee

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Hugo Weaving

Elijah Wood
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)Sean Austin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Ian Holm

Christopher Lee

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Hugo Weaving

Elijah Wood
2001Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actor of the YearThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2000Critics AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Actor (Melhor Ator Estrangeiro)Gods and Monsters (1998)
2000Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Actor (Melhor Ator Estrangeiro)Gods and Monsters (1998)
1999Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorApt Pupil (1998)
1999British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1999Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1999CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1999Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1999FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1999Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadGods and Monsters (1998)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Drama ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror ActorApt Pupil (1998)
1999OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1998KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1998Outfest Achievement AwardL.A. Outfest
1998LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1998NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1998SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1998Silver SeashellSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1998TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Performance, MaleGods and Monsters (1998)
1997Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionRasputin (1996)
1997Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest FilmRichard III (1995)
1997ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearRichard III (1995)
1996European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean Actor of the YearRichard III (1995)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actor in a Movie or MiniseriesAnd the Band Played On (1993)
1993Stephen F. Kolzak AwardGLAAD Media Awards
1983RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest PerformanceWalter (1982)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dresser (2015)
2016Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActorMr. Holmes (2015)
2016NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest ActorMr. Holmes (2015)
2016OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorMr. Holmes (2015)
2015OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorMr. Holmes (2015)
2015SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest ActorMr. Holmes (2015)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Prisoner (2009)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting Actor of the DecadeThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2010Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini ActorThe Prisoner (2009)
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieGreat Performances (1971)
2009Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Actor of the DecadeKing Lear (2008)
2009Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Prisoner (2009)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesExtras (2005)
2007Audience AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International ActorX-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesExtras (2005)
2006Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsMovies - Choice SleazebagX-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
2005GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleEmile (2003)
2004BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
2004Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
2004Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
2004PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Sean Astin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Bernard Hill

Ian Holm

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Noble

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Karl Urban

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2003DVD Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio Commentary, New ReleaseThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)Elijah Wood

Liv Tyler
2003Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
2003Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)Sean Astin

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Bernard Hill

Christopher Lee

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Karl Urban

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)Sean Astin

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Brad Dourif

Bernard Hill

Christopher Lee

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2003SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest SF or Fantasy Film ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie VillainX2 (2003)
2002OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)Sean Astin

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Brad Dourif

Bernard Hill

Christopher Lee

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

Miranda Otto

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Hugo Weaving

David Wenham

Elijah Wood
2002Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)Christopher Lee
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, DramaThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)Sean Astin

Sean Bean

Cate Blanchett

Orlando Bloom

Billy Boyd

Ian Holm

Christopher Lee

Dominic Monaghan

Viggo Mortensen

John Rhys-Davies

Andy Serkis

Liv Tyler

Hugo Weaving

Elijah Wood
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Villain (Internet Only)X-Men (2000)
2001TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting Performance, MaleThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
1999OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleGods and Monsters (1998)
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaGods and Monsters (1998)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaGods and Monsters (1998)
1999ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleGods and Monsters (1998)
1998ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleGods and Monsters (1998)
1997BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedRichard III (1995)Richard Loncraine
1997BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleRichard III (1995)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalCold Comfort Farm (1995)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionRasputin (1996)
1996Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaRichard III (1995)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialRasputin (1996)
1996Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorRichard III (1995)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialAnd the Band Played On (1993)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest ActorMr. Holmes (2015)
2015SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActorMr. Holmes (2015)
1999NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1999SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)
1998NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorGods and Monsters (1998)


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edmund the Magnificent2017Short post-productionNarrator
Animal Crackers2017post-productionHoratio P. Huntington (voice)
Beauty and the Beast2017completedCogsworth
Vicious2013-2016TV SeriesFreddie Thornhill
The Roof2016ShortAnd Even Yet Another Fan
The Dresser2015TV MovieNorman
Artsnight2015TV SeriesContributor
Mr. Holmes2015Sherlock Holmes
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies2014Gandalf
X-Men: Days of Future Past2014Magneto
Miss in Her Teens2014The Prologue
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug2013Gandalf
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot2013TV MovieIan McKellen
The Wolverine2013Magneto (uncredited)
The Egg Trick2013ShortMagician
Doctor Who2012TV SeriesGreat Intelligence
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey2012Gandalf
The Academy: Special2012TV MovieMurray
London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony: Enlightenment2012TV MovieThe Tempest - Prospero
Claude et Claudette2011ShortThe Voice (voice)
Lady Grey London2011Short
E'gad, Zombies!2010ShortNarrator (voice)
A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation2010ShortNarrator (voice)
Small-Time Revolutionary2010ShortHamish Miller (voice)
The Academy Part 2: First Impressions2009VideoMurray
The Prisoner2009TV Mini-Series2 / Curtis / Un-Two
The Academy2009ShortMurray
King Lear2008TV MovieKing Lear
Great Performances2008TV SeriesKing Lear
The Golden Compass2007Iorek Byrnison (voice)
Stardust2007Narrator (voice)
For the Love of God2007ShortJackdaw
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king2006Video GameGandalf the Grey Gandalf the White (voice)
Flushed Away2006The Toad (voice)
Extras2006TV SeriesIan McKellen
X-Men: The Last Stand2006Erik Lehnsherr Magneto
The Da Vinci Code2006Sir Leigh Teabing
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II2006Video GameGandalf the Grey Gandalf the White (voice)
Doogal2006Zebedee (voice)
Displaced2006voice
Eighteen2005Jason Anders (voice)
Neverwas2005Gabriel Finch
Coronation Street2005TV SeriesMel Hutchwright
Asylum2005Dr. Peter Cleave
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout2005Zebedee (English version, voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth2004Video GameGandalf (voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age2004Video GameGandalf (voice)
Arena2004TV Series documentaryNarrator
Churchill2003-2004TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King2003Gandalf
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King2003Video GameGandalf (voice)
Emile2003Emile
X22003Eric Lensherr Magneto
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers2002Gandalf
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers2002Video GameGandalf (voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring2001Gandalf
X-Men2000Eric Lensherr Magneto
Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man2000ShortNarrator (voice)
David Copperfield1999TV Mini-SeriesCreakle
Apt Pupil1998Kurt Dussander
Gods and Monsters1998James Whale
Swept from the Sea1997Dr. James Kennedy
Bent1997Uncle Freddie
Rasputin1996TV MovieTsar Nicholas II
Restoration1995Will Gates
Richard III1995Richard III
Jack & Sarah1995William
Cold Comfort Farm1995TV MovieAmos Starkadder
Heaven's a Drag1994Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Shadow1994Dr. Reinhardt Lane
I'll Do Anything1994John Earl McAlpine
Six Degrees of Separation1993Geoffrey
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City1993TV Mini-SeriesArchibald Anson Gidde
And the Band Played On1993TV MovieBill Kraus
The Ballad of Little Jo1993Percy Corcoran
Last Action Hero1993Death
Theatre Night1990TV SeriesIago
Countdown to War1989TV MovieAdolf Hitler
Scandal1989John Profumo
Windmills of the Gods1988TV Mini-SeriesChairman
Plenty1985Sir Andrew Charleson
Zina1985Kronfeld
The Keep1983Dr. Theodore Cuza
Walter & June1983TV MovieWalter
The Scarlet Pimpernel1982TV MovieChauvelin
Walter1982TV MovieWalter
Priest of Love1981D.H. Lawrence
Play for Today1980TV Series
Armchair Thriller1980TV SeriesAntony Skipling
A Performance of Macbeth1979TV MovieMacbeth
BBC2 Playhouse1979TV SeriesAlexander
Jackanory1978TV SeriesReader
Late Night Drama1974TV Series
BBC Play of the Month1968-1973TV SeriesCaptain Plume / George Tesman / Ross / ...
Country Matters1972TV Mini-SeriesDavid Masterman
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1972TV SeriesLyov
The Tragedy of King Richard II1971TV MovieKing Richard II
Hamlet1970/ITV MovieHamlet
Edward II1970TV MovieKing Edward
Solo1970TV SeriesJohn Keats
The Promise1969Leonidik
Alfred the Great1969/IRoger
Thank You All Very Much1969George Matthews
David Copperfield1966TV SeriesDavid Copperfield
Sunday Out of Season1965TV MovieVictor Leech
The Wednesday Play1965TV SeriesWolf
The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling1964TV SeriesPlowden

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Richard III1995
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare1982TV Movie concept

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring2001performer: "The Road Goes Ever On" - uncredited
Apt Pupil1998performer: "Whatever Will Be, Will Be Que Sera, Sera"

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Richard III1995executive producer

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightstand2015Short very special thanks
Fallen Angels2013very special thanks
E'gad, Zombies!2010Short special thanks
Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed!2000Video documentary short special thanks
The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale1999Video documentary short acknowledgment

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
McKellen: Playing the Part2016Documentary filming
It Got Better2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Eurovision Song Contest2016TV SpecialFreddie Thornhill
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC2016TV MovieHimself - Performer
Cinemaniacs2015TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2015TV SeriesHimself
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors2015TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2015TV Series
Today2005-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW!2015TV SeriesHimself
Shakespeare in Practice: Muse of Fire2015DocumentaryHimself
Sunday Morning Live2015TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Muslim Drag Queens2015TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself
The View2002-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Mutant vs. Machine: The Making of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'2015Video documentaryHimself
X-Men: Unguarded2015Video shortHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2014-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2014-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Red Nose Day2015TV SpecialHimself
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth - Part 32015Video shortHimself
Great Canal Journeys2015TV SeriesHimself - Actor and Friend
Shakespeare Uncovered2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz2015TV MovieHimself
Middle-earth: There and Back Again2014TV MovieHimself
The Graham Norton Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tennis: World Tour Finals2014TV SeriesHimself - Spectator
Double Take: Xavier & Magneto2014Video documentaryHimself
X-Men: Reunited2014Video documentaryHimself
Nelson Mandela Redrawn2014DocumentaryHimself
The British Soap Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best British Soap
The Paul O'Grady Show2005-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fantástico2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Am the Flame2014Documentary shortNarrator
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Road to Rome2014DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Legacy X: Wolverine and the X-men2013DocumentaryHimself
The Broadway.com Show2013TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show1999-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Rose1996-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
An Unexpected Party: Bag End2013Video documentary shortHimself
Arena1993-2013TV Series documentaryHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Muse of Fire2013DocumentaryHimself
The Jonathan Ross Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The EE British Academy Film Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Hollywood Fast Lane2013TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colbert Report2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Loose Women2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
Pride of Britain Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
British Legends of Stage and Screen2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Great West End Theatres2012DocumentaryHimself
Breakfast2001-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Betty Driver Story2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir Ian McKellan)
The People Speak UK2010DocumentaryHimself
Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (credit only)
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show Revisited2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The One Show2008-2010TV SeriesHimself
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHimself
A Six Hour Film Shot in 92 Days: The Diary of 'The Prisoner'2010Video shortHimself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
Beautiful Prison: The World of 'The Prisoner'2010Video shortHimself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
The Man Behind '2'2010Video shortHimself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
First Light Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself
The South Bank Show1979-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Variety Club Showbiz Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself - Bernard Delfonte Outstanding Contribution to Showbusiness Awardee (as Sir Ian McKellen)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cinema 32009TV SeriesHimself
Premio Donostia a Ian McKellen2009TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
What's on Theatre2008TV SeriesHimself
Sunday AM2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Friday Night Project2008TV SeriesHimself
Brit Awards 20082008TV SpecialHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Parkinson2003-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!2007TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Mornings with Kerri-Anne2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Cubism: Pet Shop Boys in Concert - Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City2007VideoHimself - Interval Announcer (voice)
Guerrilla Distribution2007VideoHimself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year2006TV MovieHimself
The Da Vinci Code: Close-Up on the Mona Lisa2006Video shortHimself
The Da Vinci Code: Filmmaker's Journey2006Video documentaryHimself
The Da Vinci Code: The Da Vinci Sets2006Video shortHimself
The Da Vinci Code: Unusual Suspects2006Video shortHimself
A Conversation with Sir Ian2006Documentary shortHimself
The Secret Policeman's Ball2006TV MovieHimself (voice)
HBO First Look2003-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy2006Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men: The Excitement Continues2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Young Hollywood Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Richard & Judy2002-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself
This Morning2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2003-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher2004-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Saint of 9/112006DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Bigger Picture2006TV SeriesHimself
The Hobart Shakespeareans2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Magical Voices2005Video documentary shortHimself
The Magic of Music2005Video documentary shortHimself
The British Soap Awards 20052005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Du kommst nicht vorbei - Fans im Bann des Ringes2005Video shortHimself
Ringers: Lord of the Fans2005DocumentaryHimself
A Filmmaker's Journey: Making 'The Return of the King'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Cameras in Middle-Earth2004Video documentaryHimself
Costume Design2004Video documentary shortHimself
Designing Middle-Earth2004Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter2004Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
Home of the Horse Lords2004Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
The Passing of an Age2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Olympic Torch Concert Live2004TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Peter Tatchell: Just Who Does He Think He Is?2004DocumentaryHimself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' Film Clip
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
HARDtalk2004TV SeriesHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Lord of the Rings: The Quest Fulfilled2003TV Special documentary shortHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Paula Zahn Now2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
4Pop2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Frids film2003TV SeriesHimself
Filmland2003TV Series documentaryHimself
National Geographic: Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! News Live2003TV SeriesHimself
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making 'X2'2003Video documentaryHimself
The Simpsons2003TV SeriesHimself
Designing Middle-Earth2003Video documentaryHimself - Gandalf
The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth2003Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
Tussen de sterren2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Have I Got News for You2003TV SeriesHimself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway2003TV SeriesHimself
The Uncanny Suspects2003Video documentary shortHimself
X-Factor: The Look of 'X-Men'2003Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men: Ellis Island Premiere2003Video shortHimself
X-Men: Premieres Around the World2003Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men Production Scrapbook2003Video documentaryHimself
Making the Movie2002TV Short documentaryHimself
Return to Middle Earth2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings'2002Video documentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Day in the Life of a Hobbit2002Video documentary shortHimself
Cameras in Middle-Earth2002Video documentaryHimself - Gandalf
Costume Design2002Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
Designing Middle-Earth2002Video documentary shortGandalf
From Book to Script2002Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth2002Video documentary shortGandalf
Scale2002Video documentaryHimself
The Fellowship of the Cast2002Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
The Road Goes Ever On...2002Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
Weta Workshop2002Video documentary shortHimself - Gandalf
Two Wizards2002Video documentary shortHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Cirque du Soleil's Performance
+ de cinéma2002TV Series documentary shortHimself
Saturday Night Live2002TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various / Dame Maggie Smith / ...
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
In the Life2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Politically Incorrect2002TV SeriesHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
Houghton Mifflin Welcomes You to Middle-Earth2001Video documentary shortHimself
National Geographic Explorer2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Gandalf the Grey
Troldspejlet2001TV SeriesHimself
A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings'2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Quest for the Ring2001TV Short documentaryHimself
Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love2001TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed!2000Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men: Behind the Scenes2000Video shortHimself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale1999Video documentary shortHimself - Actor ("Gods and Monsters")
The Book That Wrote Itself1999Himself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
Blankety Blank1998TV SeriesHimself
Face to Face1998TV SeriesHimself
Light Lunch1997TV SeriesHimself
The Sunday Programme1996-1997TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Newspaper Reviewer
An Audience with Elton John1997TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Surviving Friendly Fire1997DocumentaryHimself (voice)
A Bit of Scarlet1997DocumentaryNarrator
Heroes of Comedy1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Great Composers1997TV Series documentaryTchaikovsky
An Evening with Lily Savage1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 49th Bafta Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
TFI Friday1996TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Thin Ice1995Himself
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
David Macaulay: Roman City1994TV Movie documentaryAugustus Caesaar (voice)
Out There1993TV SpecialHimself
Camp Christmas1993TV MovieHimself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Revival
Anglia at War1992TV Series documentaryNarrator
Commitment to Life IV: Los Angeles AIDS Project Benefit1990TV MovieHimself
The London Programme1989TV Series documentaryHimself
The Media Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Evening Standard Drama Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
Forty Minutes1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Süleyman the Magnificent1988DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Call My Bluff1979-1984TV SeriesHimself
Playing Shakespeare1982TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare1982TV MovieHimself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Play
Amud Ha'Esh1981TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator (English Version)
BBC Show of the Week1972TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1969TV Series documentaryHimself - Reading Poetry

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lord of the Piercing2002TV ShortGandalf
Gomorron2001TV SeriesHimself
William Shakespeare2000DocumentaryRichard III
Understanding Modern Societies1993TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Reader, 'Everyman'
Pet Shop Boys: Videography1991VideoNosferatu (uncredited)
Showbusiness1988Video documentary shortNosferatu (video: "Heart") (uncredited)
No Sleep TV32016TV SeriesPercy Corcoran
Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesGandalf
Knights of Classic Drama at the BBC2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special2015VideoGandalf (uncredited)
LEGO the Hobbit: The Video Game2014Video GameGandalf the Grey
National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage2013TV MovieRichard III
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesGandalf
Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game2012Video GameGandalf
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesGandalf the Grey
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters2010VideoMel Hutchwright
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest2010Video GameGandalf
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryGandalf the Grey
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself
Stars on the Street2009TV Movie documentaryMel Hutchwright (uncredited)
Live from Studio Five2009TV SeriesHimself
This Morning2009TV SeriesHimself
Spisok korabley2008Documentary
The Story of Jackanory2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHimself
Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2006TV MovieHimself
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema2006DocumentaryHimself
Have I Got News for You: The Best of the Guest Presenters - Volume 22005VideoHimself (as Sir Ian McKellen)
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-Earth2004Video documentary shortGandalf
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself
DNZ: The Real Middle Earth2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Editorial: Refining the Story2003Video documentary shortGandalf
Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos2003VideoNosferatu (uncredited)
Sendung ohne Namen2002-2003TV Series documentaryGandalf
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster2002Video documentaryJames Whale The Monster (uncredited)
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