Sir Ian’s Olympic bid

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen

SIR Ian McKellen provided a few laughs when he narrated the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony last week.

The Wigan-raised actor joined Stephen Hawking in narrating a scientific “journey of discovery” partly inspired the scientist’s book A Brief History of Time.

And the pair took part in a dramatisation from Shakespeare’s Tempest, with Sir Ian playing Prospero, but he’d lost his script, so he improvised a little.

A crowd of around 80,000 people witnessed the opener, to be started by The Queen and attended by Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Co-artistic director Jenny Sealey said: “Both Hawking and McKellen talk about what we all need to remember - don’t just look down at your feet, look at the stars, be curious.”