Happy birthday Sir Ian McKellen! As the X Men Days of Future Past actor celebrates turning 75, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Ian, and you. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERYImagine, if at the start of every movie they made an announcement. 'Ladies and gentlemen. This is the hero, this is the heroine. At the end of the film, he or she will succeed/fail/die/learn a big lesson. Well, you get the idea. There are some things we don't want to know too much about in advance. The fun is in the finding out. I'm torn about what to tell you to expect in your emotional life soon. I don't want to rob you of a sense of challenge but let's put it this way, if you want some reassurance... you can have some! Read your horoscope for today.
Born in Burnley, Lancashire, on 25 May 1939, Sir Ian's acting career was sparked by an early fascination with the theatre after his parents took him to seePeter Pan
at the Opera House in Manchester when he was three.At the age of 18, having won a scholarship to study English Literature at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, Ian joined The Marlowe Society and landed parts inCymbeline
alongside Sir Trevor Nunn and Sir Derek Jacobi.Sir Ian gained his first film role in 1979, at the age of 30, later becoming well-loved for starring as Gandlaf inThe Lord of the Rings
and Magneto inX-Men
.Since publicly coming out as gay on a BBC Radio 3 programme in 1988, Sir Ian has supported numerous Gay Pride events around the UK and is the co-founder of Stonewall, an LGBT rights lobby group.