Hollywood actor Sir Ian McKellen paid tribute to his X-Men co-star and friend Sir Patrick Stewart on his 80th birthday by reading out one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Stewart has managed to stay connected with his fans on social media since the pandemic began with his poetry reading sessions which are released with the hashtag #ASonnetADay.
To mark Stewart’s 80th birthday, McKellen took over the poetry reading session on Monday and read out Shakespeare’s Sonnet 81.
“A very happy birthday dear Patrick. Lots of love, Ian,” said McKellen, while concluding the reading session.
Watch the video here:
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) July 13, 2020
Many wished Stewart a happy birthday in the comments, while others praised McKellen for the sweet gesture. Take a look at some of the reactions here:
Happy Birthday, Patrick! You are a gift to the world that keeps on giving!!!
— Annette Wilhelm (@annette_wilhelm) July 13, 2020
This gift of Kindness the two of you bring to everyone is priceless. My 5 year old son and I have been watching the Sonnets and today was a pleasant surprise. Thank you to the both of you and Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/7XhcmIwSMP
— Don Brown (@ThatDonGuy) July 13, 2020
A wonderful birthday present!
— Roger Clark (@rclark98) July 13, 2020
Dear Sunny, what a fabulous idea! @IanMcKellen, you did a wonderful job!😊💕
I posted a birthday message for you, already but it’s always fun to wish your favorite people the best, more than once!!
Have a Terrific 80th Birthday, @SirPatStew!
— Bentbutnotbroke (@RK_McK44) July 13, 2020
— Betty Flores (@phxbetty) July 13, 2020
— SiR BlackBird 71 (@DarthSingh110) July 14, 2020
Why are you giving us this gift on YOUR BIRTHDAY???
— Don’t stand. Don’t stand so. Dontstandsoclose2me (@Pearl37615315) July 13, 2020
Stewart began the poetry reading sessions in March after lockdowns were announced in multiple nations to slow the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. The celebrated stage, television and film actor has so far read 80 of Shakespeare’s sonnets and has said he intends to read all 154.
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