Sir Ian’s pride

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen

SIR Ian McKellen is delighted that Bolton will be holding its first Pride event

The actor, who moved to the neighbouring town after leaving Wigan at the age of 11, may even make a guest appearance at the event.

I support Bolton’s first Pride event. Hope to see you there. Love Bolton, hate homophobia

Sir Ian McKellen

He proved his commitment to his northern roots when he visited Wigan recently to unveil his star in Believe Square.

And to tease that he may attend the Bolton event, he recorded a video message for the organisers, saying: “hope to see you there.”

In the video, the 76-year-old actor who came out in 1988 aged 49, said: “Hello I’m Ian McKellen and I support Bolton’s first Pride event. Hope to see you there. Love Bolton, hate homophobia.”

The three-day festival will kick off on Friday October 16.

To find out more information about the event, visit www.boltonpride.com.

The Lord of the Rings star has been confirmed as taking on the role as Grand Marshal at the Manchester Pride weekend, which stakes place August 28 to 31.

Being a role model to many, both for his gay rights and his acting abilities, British actor Eddie Redmayne, who played Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, has confessed that Sir Ian inspired him to become an actor.

He said: “I went to probably the most privileged school in the country, and there because of Shakespeare - we have this extraordinary theatre legacy. I got into Shakespeare when I saw a film version of it with Gandalf playing Richard III, and that was when I first got really interested in theatre and in film.”