Andy Serkis

Actor
Of the countless visual effects that wowed moviegoers in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-03), none had the sheer impact of Gollum, a former hobbit transformed into a piteous creature by its lust for ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1964 in Middlesex, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (59)

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 (Movie)

Caesar (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Loop 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Escapist 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Gollum (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Gollum (Actor)

The Magnificent Lion Boy 2012 (Movie)

(Voice)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Lead Elf (Voice)

Brighton Rock 2011 (Movie)

Colleoni (Actor)

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

William Hare (Actor)

London - The Modern Babylon 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 (Movie)

Caesar (Actor)

The Adventures of Tintin 2011 (Movie)

Captain Archibald Haddock/Sir Francis Haddock (Voice)

Animals United 2010 (Movie)

(Voice)

Death Of A Superhero 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 2010 (Movie)

Ian Dury (Actor)

Wild Bill 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inkheart 2009 (Movie)

Capricorn (Actor)

Little Dorrit 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cottage 2008 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Sugarhouse 2007 (Movie)

Hoodwink (Actor)

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Grin (Actor)

Extraordinary Rendition 2006 (Movie)

Maro (Actor)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Spike (Actor)

Samantha's Child 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sci Fi Inside: King Kong 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prestige 2006 (Movie)

Alley (Actor)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

Kong/Lumpy (Actor)

MI-5 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

Richard Kneeland (Actor)

Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Gollum/Smeagol (Actor)

The Simpsons 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

24 Hour Party People 2002 (Movie)

Martin Hannett (Actor)

Deathwatch 2002 (Movie)

Thomas Quinn (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

Smeagol/Gollum (Actor)

Oliver Twist 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pandaemonium 2001 (Movie)

John Thelwall (Actor)

Touching Evil III 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Shiner 2000 (Movie)

Mel (Actor)

Shooting the Past 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stella Does Tricks 2000 (Movie)

Fitz (Actor)

The Jolly Boys' Last Stand 2000 (Movie)

Spider (Actor)

Among Giants 1999 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Topsy-Turvy 1999 (Movie)

John D'Auban (Actor)

Mojo 1998 (Movie)

Sid Potts (Actor)

Sweety Barrett 1998 (Movie)

Leo King (Actor)

Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Career Girls 1997 (Movie)

Mr Evans (Actor)

The Near Room 1995 (Movie)

Bunny (Actor)

Royal Deceit 1994 (Movie)

Torsten (Actor)

Einstein and Eddington (TV Show)

Actor

Longford (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Adventures of Tintin 2011 (Movie)

("Loch Lomond") (Song Performer)

Among Giants 1999 (Movie)

("Never Seen That Look Before" "The Air That I Breathe") (Song Performer)
Sound (1)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Character Voice (ADR Voice Casting)
Other (3)

Godzilla 2014 (Movie)

Performance Capture Consultant(The Imaginarium Studios) (Consultant)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Biography

Of the countless visual effects that wowed moviegoers in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-03), none had the sheer impact of Gollum, a former hobbit transformed into a piteous creature by its lust for the magical ring. And while its fully articulated appearance was a miracle of digital effects, the character would have had none of its impact were it not for the astonishing performance of Andy Serkis, the English actor who lent his voice and physical movements to the role. Serkis' turn, alternately tragic and treacherous, was hailed by critics worldwide; he would go on to give life to another Jackson digital creation - the title beast in "King Kong" (2005) - and prove himself a versatile talent in his own skin with notable supporting roles in "13 Going on 30" (2004), "The Prestige" (2006), and "Longford" (2006). The actor continued to earn acclaim for live-action roles in such U.K.-produced dramas as the Ian Dury biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" (2010) and more stunning motion-capture work in box office hits like "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011). Fans later thrilled to the news that the performer would be reprising the role of Gollum in Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012), the first of another planned trilogy. Despite the fact that his most notable roles were delivered via computer technology, Serkis had become one of film's most respected and sought-after performers.

Relationships

Lorraine Ashbourne Actor

Wife
Longtime partners before marrying July, 22, 2002

Ruby Serkis

Daughter
Born c. 1998; mother, Lorraine Ashbourne

Louis Serkis

Son
Born June 19, 2004; mother, Lorraine Ashbourne

Sonny Serkis

Son
Born c. 2000; mother, Lorraine Ashbourne

EDUCATION

Lancaster University

Lancashire
Was originally enrolled as a visual arts student

St Benedict's School

Milestones

2012

Returned to Middle Earth as Gollum in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson

2011

Played a computer-generated ape in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

2011

Lent his vocal talent in "The Adventures of Tintin," directed by Steven Spielberg

2009

Appeared as the murderous French rogue Rigaud in the BBC Television adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"

2009

Played the evil villain Capricorn in "Inkheart"

2008

Portrayed Albert Einstein in the British drama "Einstein and Eddington" (BBC/HBO)

2006

Co-starred as Ian Brady in the British TV movie, "Longford"; written by Peter Morgan (Channel 4/HBO)

2006

Had a small role opposite Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige"

2005

Acted as the model for the oversized ape in Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong"; also had a small role as Lumpy the Cook

2004

Played Jennifer Garner's boss in the comedy "13 going on 30"

2002

Cast in the WWI horror film, "Deathwatch"

2001

Co-starred on the London stage in "A Lie of the Mind"

2001

Provided the vocals and physicality for the character of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (lensed 1998-2000); released over a three-year period: "The Fellowship of the Rings" (2001), "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003)

2000

Had featured role in "Pandaemonium"

1999

Appeared in Mike Leigh's "Topsy Turvy"

1999

Cast as Bill Sykes in the British TV remake of "Oliver Twist"

1998

Had co-starring role in the film "Among Giants"

1997

First feature film with director Mike Leigh, "Career Girls"

1995

Won acclaim for turn in the gritty play "Mojo" at the Royal Court; reprised role in the 1997 film version

1994

Garnered attention for playing a gangster in the TV production "Finney"

1993

Early film credit, "Prince of Jutland"

1993

Featured in the Royal Court production of "Hush"

Made professional acting debut in "Privates on Parade"

Bonus Trivia

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"When I first got the call from my agent it was more of an animated character with me just doing the voice. I just went 'there must be a dozen decent parts in that film; can't you get me one of those?' I just wasn't keen. Then Lorraine my wife, just said, 'Durrr, this is Gollum.'" – Serkis to Empire magazine, December 2003

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"It was an extraordinary journey and at times quite a lonely one." – Serkis on filming "The Lord of the Rings" to Empire magazine, January 2005

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