Sir Ian gets captured...

Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes at 93
Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes at 93

SIR Ian McKellen was bossed around by a group of children for a new turn in his career.

The actor, who grew up in Wigan, stars in a new short film written and shot by groups of youngsters.

The Twist has been produced as part of the CBBC show Cinemaniacs, a filmmaking programme for youths.

He plays a grandad needs the aid of his grandaughter to smuggle an important USB stick as he is captured.

The role is a far cry from playing retired detective Sherlock Homes in his new film Mr Holmes.

The trailer has been released on YouTube, which can be viewed here.

Meanwhile, the Lord of the Rings star has been busy, as new photos have been released to promote another of Sir Ian’s work - the BBC2 adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s famous play The Dresser.

The Dresser tells the story of a fateful night in a small theatre during World War Two as a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

The one-off drama also features Sarah Lancashire, Edward Fox and Emily Watson.

Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “To bring such incredible and world class talent together for The Dresser is testament to Ronald’s wonderful play which is as current and witty today as it was in 1980. With Anthony and Ian at the helm of the drama and such an array of supporting stars – the audience is in for a once in a lifetime treat.”