British actor Sir Ian Murray McKellen CH KBE was born on May 25, 1939. His career spans over six decades, and he is famous for his roles in everything from Shakespearean plays and contemporary theater to sci-fi and fantasy films. He has been nominated for two Oscars, five BAFTAs, and five Primetime Emmys, and has won a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, and six Laurence Olivier Awards, among other honors, earning him the reputation as a cultural icon in Britain.
Looking into his personal life, Sir Ian has a long history of high-profile, controversial relationships due to his out sexuality. There are rumors that he is currently dating his 54-year-younger co-actor Oscar Conlon-Morrey. Their relationship, as well as some of his previous ones, will be discussed in this article. If you want the full scoop, read on.
Ian McKellen Is Currently Dating Oscar Conlon-Morrey
Ian McKellen is getting along very well with the actor who plays his son in a panto. Oscar Conlon-Morrey, who is 54 years younger than the star, rang in the New Year with him, according to the sources.
The younger actor is in the well-known show Mother Goose with the six-time Olivier Award winner at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End. McKellen plays Mother Goose, and Conlon-Morrey plays his son Jack. Conlon-Morrey wrote on Twitter to his 15,500 followers, “Happy New Year! I saw in 2023 at the home of the new love of my life.’
But a famous actor who has shared the stage with Sir Ian isn’t sure. Oscar has told his family and friends about his big plans with McKellen. He’s even said he thinks they’ll get married. But he warned: “McKellen hasn’t had a boyfriend in 20 years.” He is not the type to get married. He does not want a man to live there. When he is on tour, he likes to have someone with him. “McKellen falls in love with people, but as soon as he does, he breaks up with them. When he’s done with this panto, he won’t have this guy rattling around East London with him”, he said. It remains to be seen if the couple plans to stay together or if this was merely a fling.
Know About Ian McKellen’s Previous Relationships
Sir Ian McKellen told other actors about his sexuality early on in his career, but he didn’t tell the public he was gay until a radio show in 1988. Ian helped start Stonewall, a group in the UK that fights for LGBT rights. He is also a patron of LGBT History Month, Pride London, Oxford Pride, GAY-GLOS, LGBT Foundation, and FFLAG.
Ian’s first partner was a history teacher from Bolton named Brian Taylor. They started dating in 1964. They were together for eight years. In 1978, he met Sean Mathias, who would become his second partner. They broke up in 1988, but they still talk and work together. Ian McKellen has kept his relationships private in recent years, so it is unknown if he has a partner. He doesn’t seem to be married.
McKellen has been with X-Men star Patrick Stewart for a long time, and he has said he would “marry” Stewart. McKellen and Stewart are the only ones who know what this means since no one outside of them has found out yet. But they have been friends for a long time, which could mean they were in a serious relationship.