Lord of the Rings legend Sir Ian McKellen surprises fan with Down’s syndrome, 17, by asking her to show him around Windsor – and she says they had the ‘best day ever’ drinking coffee and eating pizza

  • Millie, 17, watched Sir Ian McKellen perform in a show at Theatre Royal Windsor
  • Down’s syndrome activist shared snap of herself outside theatre on Instagram 
  • Sir Ian asked Millie’s dad if she could give him a tour of her hometown

An aspiring actor got an ‘amazing’ surprise when actor Sir Ian McKellen asked to hang out with her.

Model Millie, 17, who is a Down’s syndrome activist, took a snap of herself outside the Theatre Royal in Windsor after watching her acting hero Sir Ian McKellen, 82, perform in The Cherry Orchard at Theatre Royal Windsor.

After seeing the post, the Lord of the Rings star reached out to Millie’s dad to ask if she could give him a tour of her hometown. 

The pair spent four and a half hours together and enjoyed eating fudge, drinking coffee, watching the changing of the guards and dining at Millie’s favourite restaurant – and he even visited her family home and met her dog, Lola.

Millie, 17, who is a model and Down’s syndrome activist, got an ‘amazing’ surprise when actor Sir Ian McKellen asked to hang out with her. Pictured, outside Windsor castle

The pair spent four and a half hours together and enjoyed eating fudge, drinking coffee and dining at Millie’s favourite restaurant (pictured)

Amongst the snaps, the pair can be seen posing beside a missing cat poster which reads: ‘A cat has either gone missing from or has escaped to Windsor Castle’

In an Instagram post, Millie Anna penned: ‘Ian saw my post when we went to see ‘The Cherry Orchard’ at the theatre in Windsor.

‘He messaged me to ask if I’d like to show him around town. I was so excited! We had such a fun time, we talked and laughed as we went to all my favourite places. I’m so lucky he chose me to be his tour guide – it was just the best day ever.

‘I laughed – he made me feel so special! What a day.’ 

Millie was only too happy to oblige and documented her fun day out on her personal Instagram blog about her life with Down’s Syndrome.

Millie took a snap of herself outside the Theatre Royal in Windsor after watching Sir Ian McKellen perform in The Cherry Orchard at Theatre Royal Windsor. After seeing the post, the Lord of the Rings star reached out to Millie’s dad to ask if she could give him a tour of her hometown. Pictured, meeting

Millie said she felt ‘so lucky’ he chose her to be his tour guide – adding that was just the ‘best day ever’

Millie said that what Sir Ian McKellen does is ‘spectacular.’ Pictured together, on their day out

Sir Ian McKellen and Millie stopped off for a coffee on their tour of Windsor (pictured, together) 

Among the snaps, the pair can be seen exploring the cobbled streets and admiring Windsor Castle

Ian, whose own cousin has Down’s Syndrome, took to his Instagram page and wrote: ‘I chanced on a photo of the 17-year-old Millie Anna outside the Theatre Royal with Martin Shaw and me in the background.

‘It turned out Millie Anna is an aspiring model and outspoken about Down’s Syndrome. I had a cousin with the same condition. Now she has shown me around Windsor, under the loving guidance of her father Jeffrey, who snapped us on our way.’

Among the snaps, the pair can be seen exploring the cobbled streets and admiring Windsor Castle.

They also stopped off to pose beside a missing cat poster which read: ‘A cat has either gone missing from or has escaped to Windsor Castle.

‘I hope by now he’s returned home, but if you happen to see Wolfgang out and about please comment below.’


The model and aspiring actor took a snap of herself outside the Theatre Royal in Windsor after watching Sir Ian McKellen perform in The Cherry Orchard at Theatre Royal Windsor. Pictured, left and right

Millie (pictured) said that she wants to be an actress – adding ‘hopefully, just like Ian’

Millie also appeared on BBC Breakfast on Monday to discuss her day out with the actor.

‘I just think what he does is spectacular. I love that he has good energy… he is iconic,’ she said. ‘We went to Windsor Castle, we went to the cobbles, we went to my favourite restaurant, Enzos.

‘We had pasta and pizza. He was amazing and really fun to be with.’

She went on to praise the way McKellen communicated with her as ‘spot on,’ while her dad, Jeff, branded him ‘an incredibly kind man’.

Millie added: ‘I want to be an actress and hopefully just like Ian.’

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