SIR Ian McKellen is offering to share his company with a lucky diner to raise money for charity.
The former Wigan resident is donating his time to the New Zealand Labour Party for a fund-raising lunch in Wellington on June 23.
New Zealand has become a second home to the British actor as he has been working there for more than a decade for his role as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Hobbit trilogy.
Sir Ian is appearing at the Labour Party lunch on the invitation of general secretary Tim Barnett, an old friend of the actor’s.
They met when Barnett was the first executive director of UK Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) rights organization Stonewall in the early 1990s.
Tickets for a seat at Sir Ian’s table are $1,000 (600 euros).