Veteran actor and gay activist Sir Ian McKellen discussed gay rights with a group of pupils at a Bristol school in a day that headteacher Mark Mallet said no one “would ever forget”.

Sir Ian, whose career includes roles in X Men, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, also talked to Chew Valley School pupils about his own role in changing attitudes and legislation.

He couldn’t resist then visiting a drama class where he offered a few hints.

But the highlight of his visit came when addressed pupils from a window. He asked: “If you don’t do your revision properly do you know what will happen?”

Not waiting for an answer, he roared the famous line from Lord of the Rings: “You. Shall. Not. Pass!”

Mr Mallet said: “Sir Ian was a gracious guest at the school and an impassioned evangelist for tolerance and equality.”

Main pic: Sir Ian meets students from Chew Valley School



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