Ian McKellen's Ten Greatest Roles

Posted in Entertainment on Jan 17th, 2019


Sir Ian McKellen has come a long way in the five decades since he began his acting career at Bolton Little Theatre. This stage and screen legend has work that spans across genres and mediums, from cartoons to action to high drama and classical stage productions. Among other roles, he is a legendary Shakespearean actor. McKellen has received dozens of nods from acting award guilds, and while some only know him from his roles in blockbuster franchises, there’s much, much more to him than Magneto or Gandalf. In fact, Sir McKellen has won six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations.

10. Emile - Emile (2003)

Emile is a poignant drama about the titular character looking back on his life as he nears the end. It’s a tale of redemption and loss, of grief and joy. McKellen gives a stunning performance as Canadian-turned-Brit professor Emile, who left Canada as a young man, turning his back on his family. As he returns to Canda after decades of estrangement, he sees anew the loved ones he left behind. With the tragic loss of two brothers, Emile is forced to face the niece he left behind, as well as the family he forgot about. A closed man, it is only at the end of life, facing his own mortality, that Emile sees the things that are truly important. The film is a deep look at the value of family and how deep roots truly go.

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