With the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, his family moved to Wigan. While they were together, they lived in London, where Mc Kellen continued to pursue his career as an actor. He was also offered the role of King Charles VI of France in Henry V (1989) but he denied it and Paul Scofield played that role. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire to Margery Lois and Denis Murray Mc Kellen, and a civil engineer.
He earned a huge salary playing The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). He has one sister, Jean; she is five years older than him.
He was nominated in this award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.
Edit Mc Kellen won Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, and USA for Best Supporting Actor in 1999.
There he read English literature and graduated from there some years later.