Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis
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Andy Serkis Biography

Andy Serkis who grew up in Ruslip Manor, England, is a prominent British actor best known to audiences worldwide for his indelible role as Gollum in Peter Jackson's blockbuster The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His more than 50 stage, television and film credits include distinguished performances on Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! He has appeared in almost every renowned British theatrical house including the Royal Court, the Royal Exchange Manchester, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull Truck, Dukes Lancaster, the Nuffield Studio and the Donmar Warehouse, among others. His credits includes performances in King Lear, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Faust, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and a star-studded production of Hurly Burly with Kelly MacDonald, Elizabeth McGovern, Rupert Graves and Stephen Dillane. The actor has fashioned a television career as prolific as his stage work. In 1987, Serkis made his small-screen debut in two episodes of the Rik Mayall vehicle The New Statesman. He then signed on as Sparky Plugs in the BBC series Morris Minor's Marvelous Motors (1989), a comedy about eccentric mechanics that specialize in fixing a type of car that no one in town owns. Read Full Bio >>

Andy Serkis Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). Nominated
2012 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). Won
2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). Won
2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). Nominated
2012 Empire Awards, UK Best Actor Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). Nominated

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Andy Serkis Trivia

  • His father was a doctor in Iraq. His mother taught handicapped children.
  • Has three children, two sons and a daughter.
  • Was required to don a wetsuit and flail around in literally freezing water during reshoots for "The Two Towers."
  • He went to St Benedict's School, London, UK.
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Owns one of two prop rings used in "Lord of the Rings." The other went to Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins.
  • He was ruled ineligible for a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2003 Academy Awards because his character Gollum in Lord of the Rings onscreen was computer generated.
  • September 2004 - Attended the Armaggeddon Pulp Culture Expo Convention in Wellington, New Zealand as a Lord of the Rings guest
  • Based the voice of Gollum on the sounds his cats made while coughing up furballs.
  • His last day of filming on the Lord of the Rings trilogy was only a few weeks before the theatrical release of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). On the carpet of Peter Jackson's living room, they filmed the facial reaction of Smeagol/Gollum when he realizes Frodo intends to destroy the ring. The resulting video was e-mailed to Weta Digital so the animators could replicate the shot with the CGI character.
  • His family name, Serkis, is of Armenian descent.
  • Uses his "Gollum" voice on his children, for fun and/or when they misbehave.
  • Children: Sonny, Ruby and Louis George (born 19th June 2004).


Andy Serkis Photos

  • Andy Serkis, Lorraine Ashbourne and Ruby Serkis

    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Royal Film Performance - Arrivals

  • Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne

    English National Ballet: "The Nutcracker" - 2012 Christmas Party - Arrivals

  • Andy Serkis

    56th Annual BFI London Film Festival - Closing Gala Film "Great Expectations"

  • Andy Serkis

    56th Annual BFI London Film Festival - "Spike Island" Premiere - Arrivals

  • Andy Serkis

    69th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

  • Andy Serkis

    18th Annual BAFTA Los Angeles Award Season Tea Party - Arrivals

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