An ac­tor learns his line

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than most par­ents might be of such an un­pre­dictable pro­fes­sion.

“Ap­par­ently she said, ‘If Ian de­cides to be an ac­tor, it’s a good job, be­cause it brings plea­sure to peo­ple’,” says the star, now 77.

Mrs McKellen died when her son was just 12, but she would un­doubt­edly have been proud of his work.

Known by au­di­ences of all ages for roles such as the wizard Gan­dalf in The Lord Of The Rings tril­ogy (for which he was nom­i­nated for an Os­car), and even Cor­rie con-man Mel Hutch­wright, McKellen’s lat­est ap­pear­ance is as him­self, in an up­com­ing episode of BBC ge­neal­ogy show, Who Do You Think You Are?

Dur­ing the pro­gramme he learns of a cre­ative fam­ily tree, which in­cludes a painter, a singer and an ac­tor. And as an ac­tivist for gay rights, he’s pleased to learn of a great-great-grand­fa­ther who cam­paigned for his fel­low work­ers.

“They’re not neu­rot­i­cally bound up with their own lives. They’re in the so­ci­ety and are part of it and try and change it. If that is a fam­ily trait, I con­firm that in my own life.”

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