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Ian McKellen (1939-), Actor

Sir Ian Murray McKellen

Sitter in 19 portraits
Widely regarded as one of the leading actors of his generation, McKellen has played numerous leads in classical and modern repertoire in theatres worldwide. Born in Burnley and educated at Cambridge University, he made his London debut in A Scent of Flowers (1964). His stage performances, particularly of Shakespeare, are legendary and include title roles in Much Ado About Nothing (1962), Henry V (1963), Richard II (1969) and Macbeth, in which he played opposite Judi Dench (1976-7). McKellen was nominated for Academy Awards for his performances in the films Gods and Monsters (1998) and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001.). In 1991 he was knighted for his services to performing arts. McKellen is a campaigner for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

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Ian McKellen

by Clive Smith
oil on canvas, 2001-2002
NPG 6610


Ian McKellen

by Mary McCartney
C-type colour print, 2008
NPG P1358


Ian McKellen

by Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield
archival inkjet print, October 1969
NPG x128482


Ian McKellen

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, December 1969
NPG x137679


Ian McKellen

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 18 September 1970
NPG x32551


Ian McKellen

by Malcolm Crowthers
C-type colour print, 1988
NPG x136369


Ian McKellen

by Tim Richmond
bromide print, November 1988
NPG x32109


Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 24 July 1989
NPG x35351


Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 24 July 1989
NPG x35350


Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 24 July 1989
NPG x35348


Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 24 July 1989
NPG x35349


Ian McKellen

by Alistair Morrison
bromide print, July 1990
NPG x36494


Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 7 March 1990
NPG x35302


Ian McKellen

by Harry Borden
bromide fibre print, 1997
NPG x128154


Ian McKellen

by Ben Murphy
C-type colour print, October 1998
NPG x88045


Ian McKellen

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s?
NPG D17941(1)


Ian McKellen

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 10 January 1992
NPG P1898


Shakespeare & Company

by Mark Seliger
C-type colour print, 2006
NPG x134039

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