The artist who sold the most CDs in 2016 hasn’t toured in over 200 years, but is still more famous than Drake.
McKellen didn't follow his friends to Hollywood at first. Though he left Stratford for London and Broadway — where he won a Tony Award in 1981 for his role as Salieri in Amadeus — he stuck with the theater. In 1988, he came out on BBC radio during a debate over a British law, Section 28, which restricted how schools approached homosexuality. He went on to cofound Stonewall, a gay and lesbian rights lobby group, and regularly leads marches and protests across Europe (joking to the crowds that they should call him "Serena" after he was knighted in 1991).