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Ian McKellen (1939-), Actor

Sir Ian Murray McKellen

Sitter associated with 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.

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6610

Ian McKellen

by Clive Smith
oil on canvas, 2001-2002
On display in Room 36 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6610

P1358

Ian McKellen

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

x128482

Ian McKellen

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

x137679

Sir Ian Murray McKellen

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

x32551

Ian McKellen

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print on card mount, 18 September 1970
NPG x32551

x136369

Ian McKellen

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

x32109

Ian McKellen

by Tim Richmond
bromide print, November 1988
NPG x32109

x35351

Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 24 July 1989
NPG x35351

x35350

Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 24 July 1989
NPG x35350

x35348

Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 24 July 1989
NPG x35348

x35349

Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 24 July 1989
NPG x35349

x36494

Ian McKellen

by Alistair Morrison
bromide print, July 1990
NPG x36494

x35302

Ian McKellen

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 7 March 1990
NPG x35302

x128154

Ian McKellen

by Harry Borden
bromide fibre print, 1997
NPG x128154

x88045

Ian McKellen

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

D17941(1)

Ian McKellen

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

P1898

Sir Ian Murray McKellen

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

x134039

Shakespeare & Company

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