Ian McKellen forced to deny visit to war-torn Ukraine after miscaptioned picture appears on social media

World-famous actor Sir Ian McKellen has had to take to social media to deny that he recently went on a trip to war-torn Ukraine.

The 82-year-old who was born in Burnley and raised in Wigan, was responding to a miscaptioned selfie which someone had posted saying it was Sir Ian with a fan in Lviv.

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In fact the picture had been taken in London six months ago.

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian wrote on Twitter: “Despite reports and supposed photographs circulating online, I have not visited Lviv or elsewhere in Ukraine.”