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April 11, 2015

Fans see McKellen turned into a wooden clock as he takes on the role of Cogsworth

Sir Ian McKellen is the latest star to join Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

He joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens playing the Beast and Emma Thompson who is taking over the role of Mrs. Potts, to name just a few.

McKellen will take on the role of charming Cogsworth, the Beast’s loyal butler who was transformed into a clock by the curse overtaking the castle.

March 26, 2015

In Mr Holmes, the famous detective takes on his final case

Move over Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr and Jonny Lee Miller, Sir Ian McKellen is about to star in a new Sherlock Holmes film.

The gay actor is about to star in Mr Holmes, an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind that follows the detective now 93 trying to finish one last case.

Having exchanged his deerstalker, pipe and flat in Baker Street for a straw hat, bees and seaside home, he goes on a trip to Japan to try to solve the murder that has tortured him for years.

March 9, 2015

The gay icon's original drawing is being auctioned by the UK charity.

Every year, Gay Star News pairs with a celebrity to design something for our cotton tote bags given out to thousands of people at four of the biggest UK Prides.

And this year, acting legend Sir Ian McKellen has created the design with a light-hearted illustration of his famous character Gandalf from the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movie franchises.

The quote reads: 'You shall not pass...anti-gay laws!'

March 9, 2015

The gay icon's original drawing is being auctioned by the UK charity.

Every year, Gay Star News pairs with a celebrity to design something for our cotton tote bags given out to thousands of people at four of the biggest UK Prides.

And this year, acting legend Sir Ian McKellen has created the design with a light-hearted illustration of his famous character Gandalf from the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movie franchises.

The quote reads: 'You shall not pass...anti-gay laws!'

March 6, 2015

Every year Gay Star News brings you a cotton tote bag designed by a celebrity, and who is better than the star of X-Men and Lord of the Rings?

You have a chance to win an amazing art piece drawn by acting legend Sir Ian McKellen.

Every year, Gay Star News pairs with a celebrity to design something for our cotton tote bags given out to thousands of people at four of the biggest UK Prides.

And this year, McKellen himself has illustrated his famous character Gandalf.

The quote reads: 'You shall not pass...anti-gay laws!'

March 6, 2015

Every year Gay Star News brings you a cotton tote bag designed by a celebrity, and who is better than the star of X-Men and Lord of the Rings?

You have a chance to win an amazing art piece drawn by acting legend Sir Ian McKellen.

Every year, Gay Star News pairs with a celebrity to design something for our cotton tote bags given out to thousands of people at four of the biggest UK Prides.

And this year, McKellen himself has illustrated his famous character Gandalf.

The quote reads: 'You shall not pass...anti-gay laws!'

March 4, 2015

Acting legend hopes to save The Joiners Arms

Gandalf may be coming to the rescue again, but this time to save one of the most infamous East London gay pubs.

Sir Ian McKellen has signed his name to a petition to save The Joiners Arms, which is at risk of being turned into apartments.

The Hackney Road melting point for drag queens and kings, youthful party goers and the rest of the LGBTI community was forced to close in January 2015 after the license was not renewed. 

March 4, 2015

Acting legend hopes to save The Joiners Arms

Gandalf may be coming to the rescue again, but this time to save one of the most infamous East London gay pubs.

Sir Ian McKellen has signed his name to a petition to save The Joiners Arms, which is at risk of being turned into apartments.

The Hackney Road melting point for drag queens and kings, youthful party goers and the rest of the LGBTI community was forced to close in January 2015 after the license was not renewed. 

February 20, 2015

'I guess it's just a matter of what people are willing to sacrifice for what they consider to be success'

With his role as Spock in the current Star Trek franchise, Zachary Quinto is one of the most high-profile openly gay actors working in movies today.

While he has some company such as the in-demand Ian McKellen, there still is not a single A-list leading man who is out.

February 5, 2015

Mr Holmes sees the world’s greatest detective attempting to unravel his only unsolved mystery 

A new trailer for Ian McKellen’s latest on-screen adventure Mr Holmes was released yesterday (4 February). 

Released just in time for its first screenings at the Berlinale, Berlin’s international film festival, producers have teased fans with a 90 second excerpt.

Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate), the film is based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind.

Set in 1947, it sees Sherlock revisiting his last case, left unsolved, which made him quit the profession and retreat to the south of England.

January 23, 2015

'There was never a moment where I made an intellectual choice that I would be a supporter of gay civil rights'

Patrick Stewart, who plays a bisexual Juilliard dance teacher in the new film Match, was misidentified as a gay man by a British newspaper last year.

While some straight men might go into a bit of a panic over such a thing, Stewart insists he was 'utterly flattered' and told close friend Ian McKellen 'this is a very distinctive honor that I’ve been awarded.'

It's no surprise Stewart would be so enthusiastic about it all since he has long been a staunch supporter of equality for gays and lesbians.

January 23, 2015

'There was never a moment where I made an intellectual choice that I would be a supporter of gay civil rights'

Patrick Stewart, who plays a bisexual Juilliard dance teacher in the new film Match, was misidentified as a gay man by a British newspaper last year.

While some straight men might go into a bit of a panic over such a thing, Stewart insists he was 'utterly flattered' and told close friend Ian McKellen 'this is a very distinctive honor that I’ve been awarded.'

It's no surprise Stewart would be so enthusiastic about it all since he has long been a staunch supporter of equality for gays and lesbians.

January 16, 2015

They're defo BFFs

Actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are totally BFFs, but even we were surprised to hear that they talk about everything - and we mean everything.

The Star Trek actor has revealed that his X-Men co-star has given him advice to handle problems down below.

'We did two plays in Broadway last Winter and one of them was No Man's Land and the play began with us two standing alone on stage,' Stewart said on The Talk.

January 16, 2015

They're defo BFFs

Actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are totally BFFs, but even we were surprised to hear that they talk about everything - and we mean everything.

The Star Trek actor has revealed that his X-Men co-star has given him advice to handle problems down below.

'We did two plays in Broadway last Winter and one of them was No Man's Land and the play began with us two standing alone on stage,' Stewart said on The Talk.

January 16, 2015

Ian McKellen is also named as a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Celebrities such as gay host Paul O'Grady and Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley have been named as patrons of a gay and human rights founsation.

The two British names have been joined by nine others from politics, TV, film and music to become patrons of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Helena Kennedy QC, Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lords Waheed All and Michael Cashman as well as Baroness Barker have become patrons.

January 13, 2015

Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jodie Foster also get Dorian Award nods - George Takei to get 'Timeless' award

The morning after the Golden Globe Awards were held, many of the night's winners and nominees nabbed Dorian Award nods.

The Gay and Lesbian Critics Association gave a leading five nominations to the film Birdman which was a surprising loser to The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Globes.

Also earning five nominations was the Amazon series Transparent which won Globes for TV comedy and best actor in a comedy (Jeffrey Tambor).

December 30, 2014

The knighted British actor has spoken about the gay-themed sitcom, the ratings success of comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax, and suffering a crippling injury whilst on holiday with his partner

In an interview with the Radio Times, Britain’s Sir Derek Jacobi has said that the sitcom in which he stars with Sir Ian McKellen, Vicious, demonstrates that society has come, ‘a long way from when I was young and things were very bad indeed for gay people.’

In the show, which premiered in 2013 and has been commissioned for a second series in 2015, the actors play a bickering gay couple who have been with one another for 48 years.

December 30, 2014

The knighted British actor has spoken about the gay-themed sitcom, the ratings success of comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax, and suffering a crippling injury whilst on holiday with his partner

In an interview with the Radio Times, Britain’s Sir Derek Jacobi has said that the sitcom in which he stars with Sir Ian McKellen, Vicious, demonstrates that society has come, ‘a long way from when I was young and things were very bad indeed for gay people.’

In the show, which premiered in 2013 and has been commissioned for a second series in 2015, the actors play a bickering gay couple who have been with one another for 48 years.

December 6, 2014

The legendary actor and the pop star cuddle up together on the Graham Norton Show

Before Sir Ian McKellen hugged One Direction star Harry Styles, he had a bone to pick with him.

The 20-year-old pop star and his four band mates had promised to see the legendary UK actor on set in New Zealand.

McKellen was finishing up filming Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in New Zealand when he attended a One Direction concert.

However, the five boys didn’t keep their promise to visit the actor, most famous for playing Gandalf in the Lords of the Rings films, on set the next day.

December 6, 2014

The legendary actor and the pop star cuddle up together on the Graham Norton Show

Before Sir Ian McKellen hugged One Direction star Harry Styles, he had a bone to pick with him.

The 20-year-old pop star and his four band mates had promised to see the legendary UK actor on set in New Zealand.

McKellen was finishing up filming Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in New Zealand when he attended a One Direction concert.

However, the five boys didn’t keep their promise to visit the actor, most famous for playing Gandalf in the Lords of the Rings films, on set the next day.

November 19, 2014

'I spent a great deal of my life pretending to be someone else'

Actor Richard Chamberlain was nearly 70 when in 2003 he publicly acknowledged that he was gay.

By that time, he had been a major star for more than four decades and the leading man in the classic TV miniseries The Thorn Birds and Shogun as well as the hit 60s television series Dr. Kildare.

Now 80, Chamberlain says he has no regrets over his decision to stay in the closet.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

November 5, 2014

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Legendary gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has some words of advice for students.

Well, at least one of his most famous characters does.

Speaking at Oxford University, he was saying what would happen to the students if they didn't revise for their exams.

'You shall not pass!'

A quote from McKellen's character Gandalf in the first Lord of the Rings film, he says it in the original as he battles a Balrog.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

November 5, 2014

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Legendary gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has some words of advice for students.

Well, at least one of his most famous characters does.

Speaking at Oxford University, he was saying what would happen to the students if they didn't revise for their exams.

'You shall not pass!'

A quote from McKellen's character Gandalf in the first Lord of the Rings film, he says it in the original as he battles a Balrog.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.