He is a cultural icon. His acting career spans almost six decades and a wide range of genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is recognized worldwide for his performances as the King in Richard III (1995), James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He is Sir Ian McKellen.

He is also a real-life superhero, standing up for the rights of LGBTQ people in the UK and around the world. As co-founder of Stonewall, an LGBTQ rights group in the UK, Ian successfully fought against discrimination in his home country and continues to use his voice to stand up against discrimination and bullying across the globe. Stand Up to bullying with Sir Ian McKellen by exploring how to spot bullying in life and at work, what to do when bullies make it clear they won’t relent, and how to stop bullies in their tracks.