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  Rings actors
Elijah Wood (Frodo)
Billy Boyd (Pippin)
Sean Astin (Samwise)
Dominic Monaghan (Merry)
Orlando Bloom (Legolas)
Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn)
Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf)
Christopher Lee (Saruman)
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Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf in Lord of the Rings Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf)
Full name: Sir Ian Murray McKellen
Birthday: 25 May 1939
Born: Burnley, England
Hair: Grey
Eyes: Blue
Family: Father Dennis, mother Margery Lois, sister Jean
Films: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Gods and Monsters, Richard III, Last Action Hero, X-Men, Lord of the Rings
LOTR character: Gandalf
Stage: He's appeared in high-profile plays since the 1960s including loads of Shakespeare

  • Sir Ian was a war child in World War II and often slept under an iron bomb-proof table in his family's dining room
  • He had diphtheria when he was 3
  • His interest in theatre started when his parents took him to see Peter Pan when he was 3
  • He studied English at Cambridge University
  • He's a vegetarian
  • He was head boy at Bolton School
  • He was knighted by the Queen for all his work in the performing arts in 1990
  • He's won loads of top awards for his acting

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