Sir Patrick Stewart And Sir Ian McKellen: A Friendship So Close, They Could Be Mistaken For A Couple

Date February 12, 2018

English theatre and movie legends, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, have two things in common: They are legendary actors, and they both share a long-standing friendship.

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They are colleagues on screen and friends in life.

Before they appeared on the set of the first installment of the superhero movie franchise, X-Men, in 1999, both Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart were both already established titans in the film and theatre productions in English, with award nominations and wins to their credit.

The endearing dynamics of Patrick and Ian’s characters in the movie, X-Men, is reflected in their real lives as both have forged a strong bond of friendship over the years.

This two have been involved in each other’s lives for a long time, as Ian commented in an interview with The Huffington Post:

We fell into each other's arms because of our similarities in our career, and because of our age and because we like the same sort of things.

Fans have speculated that they are a couple.

If you happened at a photograph showing the pair, Sir Mckellan and Sir Stewart in an affectionate embrace, you like every other person will be want to believe that their friendship may have evolved into full-blown romance.

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However, these two still maintain the platonic dynamics in their friendship. Patrick Stewart who is married, revealed to Conan a few years ago, when he was asked about the kiss with Mckellan:

…it seemed appropriate and that is how we greet one another or say goodbye,

To the amusement of the audience, he even went on to say:

But Ian isn’t the only one, I don’t want you to think I am a one man guy


In 2017, Patrick Stewart while presenting the “Empire legend” award to his old friend, Ian Mckellan, congratulated him with, yet another a kiss on the lips in public.

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Sir Patrick nonetheless, referred to Sir Ian as his "brother and friend”.

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Ian took a big part in the wedding ceremony of Patrick and his wife.

In 2013, Patrick Stewart married his current wife, jazz singer, Sunny Ozell, with his good friend Ian accepting to officiate the nuptial ceremony.


Ian shared the news with Jonathan Moss, the UK chat show host, "…How else do you put that? I am going to officiate at his wedding," he corrected while expressing his intentions to be the marriage minister to wed the couple.

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Patrick Stewart took a more creative approach on Twitter to share the news of his marriage. So what do you think about these friends? Would they have been better off as a couple?

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