- NAME: Ian McKellen
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Film Actor, Theater Actor
- BIRTH DATE: May 25, 1939 (Age: 74)
- EDUCATION: University of Cambridge, St. Catharine's College, Bolton School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Sir Ian Murray McKellen
- AKA: Ian McKellen
- Originally: Ian Murray McKellen
- Nickname: "Serena"
- AKA: Sir Ian McKellen
- ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
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Ian McKellen is a revered, award-winning British actor of stage and screen known for many roles, including The Lord of the Rings and X-Men series.
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McKellen is a prominent gay rights activist. He announced that he was a gay man for the first time on BBC Radio in 1988, although he had come out in his personal and professional lives decades earlier. McKellen co-founded Stonewall, a LGBT rights lobbying group in the United Kingdom named after the 1969 Stonewall riots. He has stated that some of his friends refer to him by the nickname "Serena."
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