Talented actor who became immortalized as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings franchise. He played the misanthropic mutant Magneto in the X-Men movies and narrated the 2007 fantasy film Stardust.
He has won multiple Laurence Olivier Awards, and received several nominations for Emmy Awards and Academy Awards.
He played Gandalf in the Lord of Rings alongside Viggo Mortensen.
After receiving a scholarship for St. Catharine's College, he became a member of the Marlowe Society. He debuted as Plowden in The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling in 1964.
He was in a relationship with Brian Taylor from 1964 to 1972. He had a ten-year relationship with actor Sean Mathias that ended in 1988.