Theatre and film actor and activist performing at the inaugural Glasgay! in 1993
Sir Ian McKellen performed at Glasgay! in its first year in 1993 at an event called “A Show For Glasgay!” organised by Stonewall, and returned in 1995. Sir Ian has won multiple awards, including Tony Awards, Golden Globes as well as being nominated for two Academy Awards and five Emmy Awards. Originally a Shakespearean actor, Sir Ian McKellen is well-known for his role as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Magneto in the X-Men films. On top of his acting career, Sir Ian co-founded Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity and is very active in LGBT rights campaigning.