Ian McKellen Biography: Net Worth, Movies & TV Shows, Age, Instagram, Wikipedia, Salary

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Ian McKellen is an English actor with a long and successful career on stage and screen. Known for his versatile performances in various genres, McKellen has become a cultural icon in Britain and beyond.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 and has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career.


  • Full Name: Sir Ian Murray McKellen
  • Date of Birth: May 25, 1939
  • Age: 84 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Burnley, Lancashire, England
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Actor
  • Height: 1.8 m
  • Parents: Margery Lois and Denis Murray McKellen
  • Siblings: Jean McKellen (sister)
  • Relationship Status: N/A
  • Spouse: N/A
  • Children: N/A
  • Net Worth: $5 million

Early Life & Education

Ian McKellen, aged 84, was born on May 25, 1939, in Burnley, Lancashire, England. He was the second child of Margery Lois (née Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, with a sister named Jean, who was five years older.

McKellen’s family moved to Wigan shortly before the outbreak of World War II and then relocated to Bolton in 1951.

Growing up during the war had a lasting impact on McKellen, shaping his perspective and instilling a sense of the abnormality of conflict.

McKellen’s father was a civil engineer and lay preacher of Protestant Irish and Scottish descent. His home environment was strongly Christian, and his parents emphasized the importance of treating others with kindness and respect.

McKellen’s mother tragically passed away from breast cancer when he was 12 years old, and his father passed away when he was 25.

After coming out as gay to his stepmother, who was a Quaker, McKellen found acceptance and support from her. He credits her indifference to his sexuality as a reflection of the Quaker community’s progressive values.

McKellen attended Bolton School, where he developed a love for the theater. His parents nurtured this passion by taking him to see plays from a young age.

He made his acting debut at Bolton Little Theatre and became involved in various productions throughout his school years.

McKellen went on to study English literature at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he was an active member of the Marlowe Society.

Personal Life

Ian McKellen has been open about his sexuality and came out as gay in 1988. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, championing social movements and organizations that promote equality.

McKellen’s personal life has included significant romantic relationships, including relationship with Brian Taylor from 1964 to 1972 and Sean Mathias from 1978 to 1988.

He has spoken highly of his stepmother’s acceptance of his sexuality, recognizing her support as a pivotal moment in his life.


Ian McKellen’s career spans over six decades, and he has succeeded in theater and film. He made his stage debut in 1961 and became a prominent figure in British theater, performing with esteemed companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

McKellen has received critical acclaim for his performances in Shakespearean plays, earning several Olivier Awards throughout his career.

In addition to his stage work, McKellen has had a prolific film career. He gained international recognition for portraying Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and Magneto in the “X-Men” film series.

His versatility as an actor is evident in his wide range of roles, from historical figures to iconic literary characters.

McKellen’s talent and dedication to his craft have earned him numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for his performances in “Gods and Monsters” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

Net Worth

Ian McKellen has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @IanMcKellen
  • Twitter: @IanMcKellen

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