'Intimate' Ian McKellen biography to W&N

'Intimate' Ian McKellen biography to W&N

Weidenfeld & Nicolson has scooped the “intimate and definitive” biography of Sir Ian McKellen by Garry O’Connor.

Chairman and publisher Alan Samson acquired world rights from Peter Cox at Redhammer Management Ltd.

Ian McKellen The Biography promises to “probe the heart of the actor, recreating for the reader his greatest stage roles, and exploring the inner man in his personal relationships”.

O’Connor, who has previously written biographies of greats like Laurence Olivier and Alec Guinness, said: “As Sir Ian celebrates his eightieth year, working flat-out as ever, he is one of the most recognised faces on the planet. Chronicling his epic life and ever-burning ambition, the richness of his character and supreme performance skills, has been a revelation of exciting renewal, and a privilege.”

Cox said: ”Weidenfeld & Nicolson is the manifest home for this authoritative work that will be referred to decades hence.”

Samson added: “Sir Ian McKellen’s magnificent talent, the range of roles he has played, his activism and longevity deserve a biography of the highest quality, and Garry O’Connor is the perfect author to address this remarkable and truly dramatic life.”

The book will be published in September 2019 in hardback, export trade paperback, e-book and audio with the mass-market paperback to follow in September 2020.