Sir Ian McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor famous for his work on both stage and screen. His most well known film roles include Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and Magneto in the X-Men films, but over the course of his decades-long career he has also amassed six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards, two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations, among others. He was knighted in 1991 for his outstanding work and contributions to the theater.
McKellen came out as gay in 1988 while campaigning against an anti-homosexuality law in Britain. The law was ultimately passed and remained on the books until it was repealed in the early 2000s, but McKellen has remained extremely active as a campaigner for LGBT rights. He is a co-founder of the UK LGBT rights group Stonewall, and patron of many other LGBT rights organizations.