McKellen is an accomplished stage director and has directed several theater productions, including "Macbeth" and "King Lear."
McKellen is an animal lover and has been involved in animal welfare causes and active supporter of organizations like PETA
Ian McKellen is a talented musician and can play the saxophone and piano and has incorporate his musical abilities into his theatrical performances.
McKellen was once a member of the Beatles' inner circle during the height of their fame in the 1960s and attended their recording sessions and concerts.
McKellen is fluent in French and German, and often uses his language abilities when performing in foreign-language productions.
McKellen has a knack for impersonations and is known to do spot-on impressions of his fellow actors and celebrities.
Ian McKellen turned down the role of Albus Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" film series after Richard Harris, the original actor for the role, passed away.
McKellen is a proud recipient of the Freedom of the City of London for his contributions to the arts and his charitable work.
McKellen is also a talented writer and has published several books, including his memoir "Aptly Named".
McKellen is a keen traveler and has embarked on several adventures around the world and has documented his journeys through his travel blog.