Sir Ian Murray McKellen who is a renowned British actor has partaken in a diverse number of roles ranging from his performance in theaters to his appearances in Television and cinema. He is one of Britain’s most famous cultural icons. Now let’s have a close look on Ian McKellen’s net worth in 2018.
Born on 25 May 1939, in picturesque Lancashire, Ian is the second child of Margery Lois and Denis Murray McKellen. He went to Bolton School and began his career as an actor in Bolton Little Theatre.
McKellen attended St Catharine’s College, Cambridge on a scholarship, where he studied English Literature.
His first relationship was with Brian Taylor, a history teacher at Bolton. They were together for eight years till they parted ways in 1972.
He met his second partner, Sean Mathias, in the Edinburgh Festival. They ended their somewhat volatile relationship in 1988.
In 2006, it was revealed that Ian had Prostate Cancer.
Cambridge University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 2014. He also received the honor of becoming a Freeman of the city of London in the same year.
His first professional role was in the Belgrade Theatre in 1961.
His first West End appearance was in A Scent of Flowers, which was a success.
He made his landmark performance as Richard II and Edward II in the Edinburgh Festival.
McKellen became a frequent actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company which made him a popular figure in the theatre circle.
He has appeared in multiple movies including A Touch of Love, Priest of Love, Six Degrees of Separation, Last Action Hero, And the Band Played On, Richard III, Apt Pupil, Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the X-Men films.
He is well known for his role in The Da Vinci Code as Sir Leigh Teabing, the titular character in Mr. Holmes, the character of Cogsworth in the 2017 production of Beauty and the Beast, Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Magneto in X-Men.
His appearances on TV include Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Coronation Street, Extras, The Prisoner, Vicious and Doctor Who.
Awards & Achievements
McKellen has achieved quite a substantial distinction in his career as an actor both in the Theatre and on the screen.
He has received a total of six Laurence Olivier Awards.
He has also won a Tony Award as well as a Golden Globe Award.
Apart from this, he has also been nominated for two Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, and five Emmy Awards.
Net Worth of Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen’s estimated net worth at $55 million. His substantial worth springs from his lifelong career in theatre and his foray into movies and television. Undeniably his recurrent roles in X-Men and Lord of the Rings has brought him much commercial as well as critical success.
His popularity increased with the American audiences in the 90’s which led to an increase in his net worth as an actor as he became accessible to a wider audience.
McKellen showed his predisposition towards acting at quite an early age. His parents encouraged his interests, and he played the character of Malvolio at the age of 13. Incidentally, it was the beginning of his portrayal of many popular Shakespearean characters that propelled him to his fame. He has been honored both by his own country and the Americans for being one of the finest and most distinguished actors of his age. His performances remain timeless classics, and the world will not forget Ian McKellen and the phenomenal roles that he has played for generations to come.