Sir Ian Murray McKellen CH CBE is an English actor and director.
He appeared in plays ranging from Shakespeare and contemporary theater to popular fantasy and science fiction throughout his career.
However, his sexual orientation is subject to many controversy.
Many fans of the now 82-year-old wonder if he has children or, for that matter, a partner.
As you know, The Lord of The Rings star is an open book.
But do you know his?
partner? If not, today’s the day you find out!
About Ian McKellen
Ian was born on May 25th 1939. His father, Denis Murray McKellen, was a civil engineer.
Margery Lois, his mother, was a teacher from Manchester and taught Russian at the School of Slavonic Studies at the University of Manchester.
He also had two sisters named Jean and Mary.
Ian Patrick McGregor McKellen is an English film, television and theater actor with a broad career since the 1960s. He made a name for himself with roles such as Romeo Montague, John Proctor, Macbeth and Billy Fisher.
The star has been a very successful actor. Queen Elizabeth II even knighted the actor for his work between 1991 and 2000! Today, most people remember him as Gandalf from the Lord of The Rings trilogy and Magneto from the X-men series.
His most notable works are the first two films of the Peter Jackson trilogy.
You may also remember McKellen for his roles as Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code, James Whale in Gods and Monsters, Edward Gray and A Vampire Hunter, opposite Brad Pitt.
In 1991, McKellen became one of only two people to achieve “the Triple Crown of Acting” – Academy Award nominations for acting performance to win both personally and individually Golden Globe Awards. In 1999 he won an Emmy Award. This ranked him among the first actors in the UK to achieve this feat.
The fight for gay rights
“Gandalf” came out in 1988 when he made a passionate advocacy for gay rights on BBC Radio Thamesmead. In his plea, he promoted public awareness about AIDS prevention at the Royal College of Nursing Congress.
Later that year, he co-founded Stonewall UK, a British LGBT rights organization. The entity sought to support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Britain. Membership included Michael Cashman, Patrick Strudwick, etc.
After coming out while talking about his sexuality, Ian moved on with his assistant director Nick Cuthell.
So the actor dated his longtime partner and stage manager at the Old Vic theater in London, Sean Mathias, a British theater director and former artistic director of the Sydney Theater Company.
He was 21 years younger than him, but they broke up in 2010 after 26 years. However, some sources say it wasn’t really over yet as both were spotted kissing each other in 2012! But we can only hope so as he has never been seen with anyone else since, despite turning 82 this year! It seems no one will step forward now until Sir McKellen himself says something about it.
This then begs the question: who does he see now?
Is Ian McKellen in a relationship?
Ian McKellen’s partner is currently unknown.
The talented actor has managed to keep his relationships very private, away from the clutches of the media and the public.
Ian McKellen Husband
Ian McKellen was married twice.
First to Brian Taylor, then to Sean Mathias.
Both relationships ended in bitter divorces.
Looking at the actor’s romantic relationships, he never maintained one for a long time.
‘I’m going to marry Patrick’: Stewart McKellen relationship explained
McKellen has a long relationship with X-Men star Patrick Stewart, whom he openly admitted he would “marry.”
Only McKellen and Stewart know the significance of this, as nothing has been leaked to the public so far.
However, the two have a long-standing bromance that could mean they are in a serious relationship.
On the other hand, the rumor seems far-fetched as Stewart married McKellen and his first wife.
Perhaps their friendship stemmed from the arch-enemy roles each played in the blockbuster 2000s X-Men movie!
Despite being a prostate cancer patient, McKellen doesn’t show it.
He is always on the go, enjoying his life and success as one of the most respected actors in the world.
You can only wish him the best as he has given us the best as an actor!