Ian McKellen

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Sir Ian McKellen is that rarest of characters: a celebrity whose distinguished political and social service has transcended his enormous fame and international stardom to reach far beyond the stage and screen.The breadth of his endeavour – professional, personal and political – has been truly staggering. Of some 400 stage and film roles, there are only 3, in his own estimation, of which he has not been proud. Iconic roles have not been in short supply: Gandalf in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ being perhaps the most universally-recognised and well-loved. Add to all this McKellen’s tireless political activism in the cause of gay equality, and you have a veritable phenomenon. This biography probes the heart of the actor, recreating for the reader his greatest stage roles, and exploring the inner man in his personal relationships.

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‘[A] fascinating voyage round McKellen’ Simon Callow, Guardian

‘Surely the definitive McKellen biography’ Alexander Larman, Observer

‘A well-researched, eminently readable book’ Benedict Nightingale, The Times

Few actors achieve in their lifetime what Sir Ian McKellen has. A repertoire of vast commercial success coupled with critically acclaimed and authoritative Shakespearian roles. A man whose achievements inspire both admiration and affection. McKellen has been feted and admired in every country across the globe, and has been knighted by, and received the Companionship of Honour from Queen Elizabeth II. He is an icon of, and ardent campaigner in the cause for LGBT rights.

Many of us know of McKellen through his depiction of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. Garry O’Connor’s definitive biography reveals the man behind McKellen the actor. The inside story of the person himself: a constantly developing drama and a work in progress. Yet O’Connor pulls no punches: some of his revelations may be controversial to his fans, even explosive, given McKellen’s constant ability to shock and surprise. The author directed McKellen in some of his very first roles. This is an unflinching yet deeply intimate and affectionate biography that, like McKellen himself, will stand the test of time as a rounded and complete portrait of one of the most unusual geniuses of our times.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2.8 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

xii, 356 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

792.028092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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