Ian McKellen to officiate Patrick Stewart's wedding to Sunny Ozell (Photo)
Sir Patrick Stewart is getting married and his "X-Men" co-star Sir Ian McKellen is going to make it so.
Stewart, a 72-year-old British actor who plays Professor Charles Xavier in the original trilogy and is also known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" franchise, is set to wed Sunny Ozell, his 35-year-old girlfriend of more than four years and a New York jazz singer and songwriter.
"I'm going to marry Patrick. No ... how else do you put that? I'm going to officiate, yes, at this wedding," fellow British star McKellen, 73, said on the UK talk series "The Jonathan Ross Show" earlier this week. "I read out the words and Sunny and Patrick will then be married. 'I declare you man and wife.'"
"I've done it once before with two guys having a civil partnership [in the UK]," McKellen added. "I was crying my eyes out. But what do you wear when you officiate at a wedding? Well, last time I went with a sort of gown, a white something I bought in India. It was rather fetching. But you mustn't upstage the bride."
Stewart's wedding date has not been announced publicly. This will mark his third marriage. He and first wife Sheila Falconer were together for 24 years and have an adult son and daughter. He and second wife Wendy Neuss, a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" producer, were married for three years before divorcing in 2003. He later dated Lisa Dillon, his co-star in the play "The Master Dillion" in the UK.
Stewart and Ozell met in 2008. On their first date, which took place that year, she watched him star in a performance of the Shakespeare play "Macbeth" on Broadway.
"She told me afterwards that she was contemplating whether to come backstage or just melt away into the night," the actor told the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph in February 2012. "But she'd also watched every episode of 'The Next Generation,' and was brought up on Picard, so she knew that underneath there lurked a better man."
Ozell and Stewart occasionally post affectionate Tweets about one another. He promotes her gigs and she posts pictures of the two. She shared a "selfie" photo showing them both sitting and grinning in a car on the day of the 2013 Oscars on February 24, saying: "These are the smiles of people NOT going to the Oscars." (Pictured below)
She has also hung out with McKellen in the past -- she Tweeted a picture of the two together on Oct. 18, 2012, saying: "Love this man. So much." (Pictured below)
McKellen is also known for his role as Gandalf the wizard in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies. He played Xavier's friend-turned-nemesis, the villain Magneto, in the original "X-Men" trilogy, which was released between 2000 and 2006. Stewart and McKellen did not appear in the first film in a new series, "X-Men: First Class," which served as a prequel and starred James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the young adult versions of their characters. However, Stewart and McKellen will reprise their roles in the sequel, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which is set to be released in 2014. (Check out more details about the movie.)