McKellen Gets Another Honor

The New Year’s list of honors in Britain — which includes things like Dame of the British Empire — has been announced and they will go to a motley crew of celebrities and arts luminaries. Included is a further honor for Sir Ian McKellen, one of the most distinguished living Shakespearean actors, better known to young cinemagoers as Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings.” McKellen, knighted in 1991, whose recent performances include King Lear and Widow Twankey on stage, and a cameo television appearance in his beloved “Coronation Street,” now becomes a Companion of Honour — whatever the hell that means.

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