Ian McKellen has finally been persuaded to write his life story by publishers.
The 76-year-old star of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films has sold the book proposal to publishing firm Hachete – and plans to write it himself.
A host of book firms and agents are understood to have been urging him to pen his memoirs for years, detailing a life which began with his childhood in Lancashire and his time at Cambridge University followed by a stellar acting career on stage and in front of the film cameras.
The book is also expected to address his decision in 1988 to go public about his sexuality and become a passionate campaigner for gay rights, according to The Sunday Times which claims he has been paid close to £1m for the publishing deal.
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