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5th March 1985: Actor Ian McKellen attending the BAFTA Awards ceremony, at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. (Photo by John Gooch/Keystone/Getty Images)
Sir Ian McKellen stars as the famed sleuth Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes. (BBC Films)
Sir Ian McKellen stars as the famed sleuth Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes. (BBC Films)

Sir Ian McKellen portrays a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in the new film Mr. Holmes, premiering on Friday, July 17. But in actuality, McKellen the actor is a spritely 76. Regardless of what age he is, or perceived to be, McKellen doesn’t let a number define him. His talent and charm shine through just as much now, possibly even more, than when he first kicked off his career.

If you want more than our word on that, this gallery of photos might be proof enough.

Here’s a look at Sir Ian McKellen throughout the years.

Are you going to see Mr. Holmes on Friday? 

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By Brigid Brown