Sir Ian makes a new friend

Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen pose with a Sesame Street character

Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen pose with a Sesame Street character

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SIR Ian McKellen has been having fun in New York with his best pal Sir Patrick Stewart again.

As the pair have been in the big city for Broadway performances of No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which opened on November 24, they have been making the most of their spare time.

They’ve been stopping by iconic tourist destinations like Times Square and the bridge, posing with their likenesses at Madam Tussauds and posting their adventures on Twitter.

And donning Vladimir and Estragon’s iconic bowler hats, they could not wait to pose for a photo with Sesame Street character Elmo.

The two first appeared in this production of Godot in 2009 on London’s West End.

Sir Ian said: “I think New York audiences are some of the brightest in the world, and certainly the most enthusiastic.

“I think this will be my last outing to Broadway, probably, so I might as well go out with a bang doing two plays in wonderful company.”

Meanwhile, Sir Ian is to be honoured at a special concert tonight to mark World Aid’s Day, which is on December 1.

The gig, held at The Colburn School, a world-class performing arts school in Los Angeles, will take place a day before the official anniversary to “remember the 35 million people who have died of HIV/AIDS.”

One part of the night involves saying thank you to those honorees who’ve worked on behalf of those with HIV to create more awareness, better health choices, and a community of support. Robin Smalley, who co-founded mothers2mothers, and Sir Patrick Stewart will also be honored.

Meanwhile, the openly gay actor, who spent his early years in Wigan, admitted he wished had come out earlier, as he first addressed his sexuality with the media in 1988, aged 49.

He said: “I wish I had come out much earlier, but again, what can you do? You do what you can now.“I hadn’t given much thought about it before then, to tell you the truth.

“I was living very happily and openly as a gay man. It all happened in a bit of a rush when I decided to come out. I was angry because of a law that was anti-gay in the UK, and it was easier to come out in my indignation. When people are worrying about coming out, they’re worried about what other people will think, and about whether they’ll lose the love of their family.”