Invite to breakfast with Sir Ian

Sir Ian McKellen attending the UK premiere of Mr Holmes at the Odeon Kensington, London. Picture: Ian West/PA
Sir Ian McKellen attending the UK premiere of Mr Holmes at the Odeon Kensington, London. Picture: Ian West/PA

SIR Ian McKellen fans have been sharing breakfast with the iconic actor following his quirky Facebook post.

The star, who grew up in Wigan, posted a video of himself making his favourite morning meal - scrambled eggs.

The recipe for his “favourite breakfast” had been handed down to him from his step-mother Gladys and demonstrating how his fans can recreate his “best scrambled eggs in the world” he filmed a short video, shot in the famous Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.

Sharing the clip to his Facebook page, Ian informed his followers: “I am going to cook my favourite breakfast, which is scrambled eggs. You’re lucky because these are the best scrambled eggs in the world and like all my recipes this is a family one. These scrambled eggs can be exactly how you want them to be, they can be as dry or they can be as moist.”

The 76-year-old even had some suggestions of how to kill time while waiting for the dish: “As you are doing this you could listen to the radio or you could talk to your beloved.”

He then cooks his toast – which he likes “just nice and crisp” – before digging into his food, saying: “Cheers, happy breakfast. The best scrambled eggs in the world.”

Cheers. Happy breakfast. The best scrambled egg in the world

Sir Ian McKellen

And on a similar nostalgic theme, Sir Ian has spoken of his first crush - a girl called Wendy - and how he was briefly reunited with her during a chance encounter at the National Theatre a few weeks ago.

The Lord of the Rings actor told a US radio station: “When I was nine, I fell in love with a girl and she with me. We were sweethearts and sat looking at the sea together on a family holiday.”

The pair stayed penpals for a while, but he admitted she hadn’t crossed his mind for 60 years, until an old lady approached him at the National Theatre last month. He recalled: “‘Hello Ian, I’m Wendy,’ she said – and the intervening years fell away in an instant.” Asked whether she had kept his letters, she said she had kept them, but burnt them on the day of her wedding.

In other Sir Ian news, he is to narrate a documentary on Channel 4 about Muslim drag queens, giving an insight into the gay Asian community in the UK.

A release date has not yet been set.