Did Ian McKellen Accidentally Out A Fellow “Hobbit” Actor?

IAN-MCKELLAN_1563375cIt has come to our attention that during a press junket for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (the trilogy’s first film) in 2012, gay wizard rights activist Sir Ian McKellan may have accidentally outed a fellow cast member. Whoops!

The subtle slip came during an interview with, a German website that asked several questions regarding McKellan’s sexuality and the difference in being an out actor in 2001 (when the first Lord of the Rings film was released) and now.

McKellan reflected on the question by comparing the number of gay actors in each film as a sign of the times. In 2001, he was the only gay actor in the film franchise. Today, is among many in The Hobbit.

The following excerpt has been translated via Google translate, so we’re prone to believe this may just be a technical error (any German speakers here?):

Brash: Still, there is hardly colleagues who follow your example, right?

Ian McKellen: I would say that has been done in this regard in the last ten years in the industry a lot. Just look only how many openly gay actors in the “Hobbit” with were: two of the dwarves, to Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace. In “The Lord of the Rings” I was the only one next to it there was my make-up artist and one from the wardrobe team. That’s only once a progress, right?

Two of the dwarves? That’s strange, because only one of the 13 actors who play dwarves in this film is openly gay. According to a Lord of the Rings wiki, on-again, off-again gay Luke Evans plays a “man,” Stephen Fry a “man,” and not really out Lee Pace an “elf.” The only openly gay actor playing a “dwarf” is Adam Brown.

So, who is the second gay dwarf that has gone unnamed? Which of the dwarves are drowning in gay rumors?


Could it be Richard Armitage? The English actor has long been the subject of gay rumors and has even been loosely linked with costar Lee Pace.


Maybe Graham McTavish? The Scottish actor has also been loosely (like, very loosely) linked with Richard Armitage.


Perhaps it’s Dean O’Gorman? This Kiwi actor played gay once and although there’s no evidence suggesting he’s a hardcore ‘mo, we wouldn’t mind adding him to our roster.