55 Facts About Ian McKellen

1. Ian McKellen comes to Brighton to talk Tolkien, Shakespeare and more.

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2. Sir Ian McKellen is 'at last making my acting debut in York'.

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3. Sir Ian McKellen is heading out on tour, celebrating his 80th birthday next year with a new solo show which he will perform at 80 theatres across the UK.

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4. Sir Ian McKellen heads to city on 80th birthday tour.

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5. Sir Ian McKellen will perform a solo show on his 80th birthday in his hometown of Bolton.

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6. Sir Ian McKellen will next year embark on an 80 stage mission to raise funds across UK theatres to celebrate his 80th birthday.

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7. Sir Ian McKellen has said that he and Dame Judi Dench once sneaked into the throne room in Buckingham Palace without anybody.

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8. Sir Ian McKellen is looking forward to finding out more about his Ballymena roots as he prepares to embark on an 80-date tour of Northern Ireland and Britain.

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9. Sir Ian McKellen offering free tickets to 80-year-olds in bonus Norwich show.

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10. Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that he was rather a naughty boy during a visit to Buckingham Palace.

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11. Sir Ian McKellen reveals he got in trouble with police at Buckingham Palace during Graham Norton Show chat.

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12. SIR Ian McKellen is celebrating his 80th birthday next year with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK—including Lighthouse Poole.

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13. Sir Ian McKellen is bringing his 80th birthday fundraising tour to Poole.

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14. Sir Ian McKellen is to give a special performance in Cumbria next year.

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15. Ian McKellen talks preparing for 'Cats' and finding his "inner pussy" on 'Graham Norton'.

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16. Sir Ian McKellen will celebrate his 80th birthday with an 80-date tour of the UK in support of regional theatre.

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17. Sir Ian McKellen has spoken of how regional theatre in Lancashire helped nurture a "passion for acting which has never faded" as he prepares to embark on an 80-date tour of the United Kingdom.

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18. Sir Ian McKellen set for 80-date tour of the UK including Welsh performances.

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19. SIR Ian McKellen will play two shows in Burnley next year as part of his 80th birthday tour.

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20. Sir Ian McKellen adds second Burnley show to 80th birthday tour.

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21. Sir Ian McKellen will return to Edinburgh International Festival next year with a new production celebrating his 80th birthday.

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22. Sir Ian McKellen has spoken about how regional theatre launched his career as he prepares to embark on an 80-date tour of the United Kingdom.

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23. Ian McKellen announces a Newcastle visit and here's when you can see him.

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24. Sir Ian McKellen is going on tour and you can join in on the fun.

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25. Sir Ian McKellen will celebrate his 80th birthday next year with a new one-man solo show that will be performed on 80 stages across the UK.

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26. Ian McKellen announces one-man theatre tour around UK to celebrate 80th birthday.

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27. Sir Ian McKellen wants to find his "inner pussy" for his role in 'Cats'.

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28. Sir Ian McKellen got told off for smoking on Buckingham Palace's famous balcony.

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29. Ian McKellen told off for smoking on Buckingham Palace balcony.

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30. Sir Ian McKellen marks his eightieth birthday with an 80 date tour of the UK and London.

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31. Sir Ian McKellen has said that he and Dame Judi Dench once sneaked into the throne room in Buckingham Palace without anybody knowing they were there.

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32. Sir Ian McKellen is to mark turning 80 next year by presenting a solo show on 80 different stages across the UK.

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33. Sir Ian McKellen is getting ready to star in the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats music in a very unusual way.

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34. Ian McKellen preparing for Cats movie by getting in touch with his "inner pussy".

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35. Sir Ian McKellen is due to appear on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, and during filming the Lord of the Rings star revealed how he and Dame Judi Dench once very nearly landed themselves in hot water during a visit to Buckingham Palace! The 79-year-old.

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36. Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK.

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37. Sir Ian McKellen will celebrate his 80th birthday next year by embarking on a huge solo tour of 80 venues.

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38. Sir Ian McKellen is going on a solo tour—and he's heading to the Westcountry.

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39. Sir Ian McKellen is heading to the Westcountry—here's how you can meet him.

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40. Ian McKellen said he opted to help save the building as it was the last theatre he played in New Zealand and the locals' love for it made it a place worth supporting.

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41. In 2010, Ian McKellen extended his support for Liverpool's Homotopia festival in which a group of gay and lesbian Merseyside teenagers helped to produce an anti-homophobia campaign pack for schools and youth centres across the city.

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42. In 2006, Ian McKellen spoke at the pre-launch of the 2007 LGBT History Month in the UK, lending his support to the organisation and its founder, Sue Sanders.

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43. Ian McKellen is a co-founder of Stonewall, an LGBT rights lobby group in the United Kingdom, named after the Stonewall riots.

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44. Ian McKellen has stated that he was influenced in his decision by the advice and support of his friends, among them noted gay author Armistead Maupin.

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45. Ian McKellen became active in fighting the proposed law, and, during a BBC Radio 3 programme where he debated Section 28 with the conservative journalist Peregrine Worsthorne, declared himself gay.

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46. Ian McKellen was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Cambridge University on 18 June 2014.

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47. In 2012, Ian McKellen stated on his blog that "There is no cause for alarm.

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48. In 2017, Ian McKellen voiced Cogsworth, the Beast's loyal majordomo, who was turned into a pendulum clock, in a live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

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49. Ian McKellen appeared in the 2006 BBC series of Ricky Gervais' comedy series Extras, where he played himself directing Gervais' character Andy Millman in a play about gay lovers.

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50. Ian McKellen responded, "I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying 'This is fiction.

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51. Ian McKellen has appeared in limited release films, such as Emile, Neverwas and Asylum.

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52. In October 2017, Ian McKellen played King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre, a role which he said was likely to be his "last big Shakespearean part".

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53. While at Cambridge, Ian McKellen was a member of the Marlowe Society, where he appeared in 23 plays over the course of 3 years.

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

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55. In the 1970s, Ian McKellen became a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

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