Ian McKellen to conduct Patrick Stewart`s wedding

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2013, 08:48 AM IST

New York: Veteran actor Ian McKellen will conduct the wedding of his friend Patrick Stewart and the actor`s fiancee, jazz singer Sunny Ozell.

The 73-year-old actor will officiate at the ceremony between his friend and `X-Men` costar and Ozell, when they tie the knot in Masachusetts, reported USA Today.

"I`m going to marry Patrick Stewart. I am going to officiate at his wedding. In Massachusetts, in the middle of America somewhere, you get a friend along, and I read out the words, and Sunny and Patrick will then be married," McKellen said.

The British actor revealed it won`t be the first time he has officiated at such a service.

"I`ve done it once before with two guys having a civil partnership. I was crying my eyes out. I wore a white gown which I bought in India. You mustn`t upstage the bride."

Massachusetts` Secretary of Commonwealth offers a service that allows a family friend or relative to perform a couple`s wedding ceremony for a fee of USD 25.

Patrick, 72, and Sunny, 35, have been dating since 2009.