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Ian McKellen in 'The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling' (Pic: BBC)
Ian McKellen in 'The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling' (Pic: BBC)
Ian McKellen in ‘The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling’ (Pic: BBC)

To continue our occasional series spent digging around on YouTube looking for some of the very first TV adventures for prominent British acting talent, here’s a virtual spelunk that goes all the way back to 1964.

Ian McKellen’s first TV appearance (according to IMDB at any rate) was in a BBC series devoted to the stories of Rudyard Kipling. He plays a cocksure character called Plowden in an episode of The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling entitled “The Tomb of His Ancestors,” and makes a very decent fist of it indeed:

Hats off to findaclip for, ah, finding the clip.

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By Fraser McAlpine