Advocates: Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE is an award-winning actor on stage and screen. He has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre as well as in the West End. As one of the lauded and popular actors of his generation, he is familiar from both his acclaimed stage work as well as his film roles such as Gandalf in The Lord Of The Rings and Magneto in the X Men film series. A prominent LGBT activist, he came out in 1988 and his first stage role following this was in the West End premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Henceforward….


"I was newly out as a gay man. Henceforward was a chance to declare I was still the same actor who enjoyed mainstream theatre. There's nothing gay about Alan Ayckbourn's play, except in the old sense. There was certainly plenty of jollity and social purpose about playing Jerome, estranged from his sometime in the future, getting entangled with a glamorous automaton."
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