THE LORD OF THE RINGS star SIR Ian McKellen has taken a fancy to British soccer superstar David Beckham, who he thinks is "beautiful".

The homosexual actor was floored by handsome Beckham's good looks when the pair met at a recent social gathering.

McKellen says, "David Beckham is a beautiful man. He's got a nice smile. I spoke to him at a party.

"He's a gay icon and I know he likes it."

13/07/2005 09:20