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Ian Mckellen Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Ian McKellen Quick Info
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 69 kg
Date of Birth May 25, 1939
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Eye Color Blue

Ian McKellen is an English Actor well known for his stage acting roles in Shakespeare’s plays, science fiction, and fantasy movies. He has acted in movies such as Richard III, The Lord of the Rings, Gods and Monsters, The HobbitA Man for all Seasons, A Scent of FlowersOthello, The TempestApt Pupil, among others.

Ian has a number of awards and nominations under his belt including Golden Globe Awards, Laurence Olivier AwardsDrama Desk Awards, Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild AwardTony Award, and many more.

He is considered a ‘Cultural Icon,’ was ‘Knighted’ in 1991, in 1979 he was appointed ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire,’ in 2008 he was made a ‘Companion of Honour,’ and in 2004 got ‘Freedom of the City of London’ award for for gay rights activism. He is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, has an honorary ‘Doctorate of Letters’ from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Born Name

Ian Murray McKellen

Nick Name


Ian Mckellen as seen on his Instagram Profile in May 2018
Ian Mckellen as seen on his Instagram Profile in May 2018 (Ian Mckellen / Instagram)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom


Limehouse, United Kingdom




Ian McKellen attended Bolton SchoolThe Bolton Little Theatre as well as St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.


Actor, Writer, Voice Artist


  • Father – Denis Murray McKellen (Civil Engineer)
  • Mother – Margery Lois McKellen
  • Siblings – Jean McKellen (Older Sister)
  • Others – Gladys McKellen (Stepmom)


Ian McKellen is managed by –

  • Independent Talent Group Ltd. (Talent Agency), London, UK
  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA) (Talent Agent Voice/Commercial), Los Angeles, California, USA
  • CLD Communications (Publicist), London, England, UK




5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm


69 kg or 152 lbs

Ian Mckellen with Patrick Stewart as seen on his Instagram Profile in April 2018
Ian Mckellen with Patrick Stewart as seen on his Instagram Profile in April 2018 (Ian Mckellen / Instagram)

Boyfriend / Spouse

Ian McKellen has dated –

  1. Greg Nickels – Ian has been linked to Greg but there isn’t much information about their relationship.
  2. Rupert Everett – Ian and the British actor Rupert Everett dated somewhere in the past.
  3. Brian Taylor (1964-1972) – Ian and Brian, a history teacher started dating in 1964. They dated for almost 7 years before breaking up in 1972.
  4. Sean Mathias (1978-1988) – Ian and Sean dated from 1978 to 1988. Their relationship had its fair share of conflict but they remained friends after parting.
  5. Nick Cuthell (2002-2003) – Ian and Nick dated for one year from 2002 to 2003.
  6. Oscar Conlon-Morrey (2022-2024) – Ian first met actor Oscar Conlon-Morrey when they worked together in a pantomime in December 2022 and the couple later started dating. Oscar is 54 years younger than Ian. In February 2024, it was revealed that they had broken up.

Race / Ethnicity


He is of Scottish and Irish descent.

Hair Color


Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

A tattoo on his upper arm of the Elvish character

Brand Endorsements

Ian McKellen has endorsed Age UK, a charity organization.



Ian Mckellen as seen on his Instagram Profile in August 2018
Ian Mckellen as seen on his Instagram Profile in August 2018 (Ian Mckellen / Instagram)

Best Known For

  • Stage acting in plays such as A Man for All SeasonsA Scent of FlowersMacbethOthello, King Lear, among others
  • Appearing in film and TV roles such as A touch of LoveSix Degrees of Separation, Apt Pupil, X-Men, among others
  • Hosting the shows like Saturday Night Live
  • Narrating books like Wolf Brother, Soul Eater, Heartbreaker, Ghost Hunter, among others

First Film

Ian McKellen made his theatrical film debut as George Matthews in the 1969 film A Touch of Love.

First TV Show

He made his TV show debut on the TV miniseries Tales of the City in 1993.

Ian McKellen Favorite Things

  • Sport – Cricket
  • Music – Classical, Pop, American Jazz
  • Historical Character – William Shakespeare


Ian Mckellen as seen on his Instagram Profile in June 2016
Ian Mckellen as seen on his Instagram Profile in June 2016 (Ian Mckellen / Instagram)

Ian McKellen Facts

  1. He has won almost all the major theatrical awards.
  2. His sister Jean is 5 years his senior.
  3. His father was a lay preacher and he grew up in a strong Christian home.
  4. Ian’s mother died of breast cancer when he was 12 years of age.
  5. His father died when he was 24 years old.
  6. His fascination with theatre began when he was 3 years old when his parents took him to the Opera House to watch Peter Pan.
  7. He has appeared in the Simpsons in the ‘Regina Monologues.’
  8. Ian was the narrator of Richard Bell’s Eighteen.
  9. He does not eat meat but he likes to eat fish.
  10. In 2006, he had a prostate cancer diagnosis. He said that the disease was contained and did not need any treatment.
  11. He became an ordained minister so that he could preside over the wedding of Patrick Stewart.
  12. Ian came out as fully gay in 1988, although he had made it known to his fellow actors before that. He made the announcement in a BBC Radio program.
  13. He is very active in LGBT rights but he also cares about religion, capital punishment, nuclear weapons, etc.
  14. Ian co-founded Stonewall, a gay rights lobby group.
  15. He was given the nickname “Serena” by Stephen Frey.
  16. Ian became a patron of Oxford pride in 2006.
  17. He was named in Out Magazine‘s annual “Out 100” list in December 2008.
  18. He is a cricket fan and umpired a match in 2011 to support victims of Christchurch earthquake that happened in February 2011.
  19. Ian is an honorary board member of the “Make Believe Organization” that performs plays for children’s care facilities and hospitals.
  20. An interview in the Singapore morning show ended abruptly when he asked for a recommendation to a gay bar.
  21. He has been part of music videos like ‘Falling Out of Reach’ by Guillemots, ‘Heart’ by Pet Shop Boys, ‘Invisible Light’ by Scissor Sisters, ‘Listen to the Man’ by George Ezra, among others.
  22. Ian has narrated Wolf Brother by Michael Pavers. He has also narrated ‘Soul Eater,’ ‘Heartbreaker,’ ‘Ghost Hunter,’ ‘Odyssey,’ and ‘Spirit Walker.’
  23. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher recommended him for a “Knighthood.”
  24. Acting was an escape for him. He used it to mourn his mother and to escape the bullying at school.
  25. He got a 2:2 Final grade in English at Cambridge University.
  26. At some point in his life, he inspired to be a journalist.
  27. The role of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings required that he wears a prosthetic nose.
  28. He identified with the X-men characters because like the mutants, he had been shunned in real life especially when he came out as gay.
  29. He is the only performer to receive a nomination for “Acting Academy Award” for his role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  30. Ian came in at the No.1 position in the “Sunday 2006 Pink” list which features the most influential gay men and women.
  31. In 2005, he took part in London’s Gay Pride Parade.
  32. He has played Magneto in 3 X-Men movies.
  33. He regrets turning down the role of Kenneth Halliwell in the 1987 Stephen Frear film Prick Up Your Ears.
  34. In December 2020, he became one of the first celebrities to get the COVID-19 vaccine after he was given the first of 2 doses at the Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London.

Featured Image by Ian McKellen / Instagram

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