9 Cute Secrets You Did Not Know About Ian McKellen

1. He has also received two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations.

2. McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, He was made a Freeman of the City of London in October 2014.

3. McKellen was born on 25 May 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, the son of Margery Lois and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer.

4. He was their second child, with a sister, Jean, five years his senior. Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, his family moved to Wigan.

5. “My upbringing was of low nonconformist Christians who felt that you led the Christian life in part by behaving in a Christian manner to everybody you met.” When he was 12, his mother died; his father died when he was 24.

6. McKellen attended Bolton School , of which he is still a supporter, attending regularly to talk to pupils.

7. His sister took him to his first Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night,

8. In 2007 he returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company, in productions of King Lear and The Seagull, both directed by Trevor Nunn.

9. McKellen had taken film roles throughout his career—beginning in 1969 with his role of George Matthews in A Touch of Love, and his first leading role was in 1980 as D. H. Lawrence in Priest of Love,

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