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Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen talks sexual identity, acting technique and more at Rose Bruford College

PUBLISHED: 17:31 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 02 June 2016

Sir Ian McKellen was also in Sidcup this week

Sir Ian McKellen was also in Sidcup this week

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He visited the college on Wednesday evening

Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen and director Sir Richard Eyre both spoke at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance on Wednesday night.

The two stars of theatre and film spoke of their long friendship as well as the differences between acting on stage and in film.

Sir Ian, star of the Lord of the Rings and X Men, gave the Sidcup audience advice on how to make it as a professional actor, likening any production to a family - needing love, devotion and dependency, plus some squabbles, at its centre.

The 77-year-old also took time to speak on the topic of sexual identity.

He said: “If you’re gay, or if you’re different, express your difference and be yourself, because without it you’re not going to enjoy your life.”

More than 300 students at the college were watching the talk, as well as many more who were watching via a live video stream.

Acting student Alice Goble said: “It is so important to hear from successful actors and directors who believe in the arts, believe in the people it’s effecting, and believe in the next generation of actors that will go into the industry.

“We need to be inspired and supported by respected people in the industry, it was incredible to hear Sir Ian speak so highly of training actors and our purpose within theatre, film and TV.”

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