Andy Serkis Biography |
  • Andy Serkis Biography

    Born: April 20, 1964 in London, England, UK

    ANDY SERKIS is an award-winning actor who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in a range of memorable roles. His performance as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes earned him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. 

    Serkis gained legions of fans around the globe for his performance as Gollum in the Academy Award ® winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.  Serkis won an Empire Award for his role in addition to sharing in several Outstanding Ensemble Cast Awards, including, a Screen Actors Guild Award®.  Reuniting with Jackson, he played two roles in the director’s epic retelling of King Kong, taking performance capture to another level as the title character of Kong and also appearing as Lumpy, the ship’s cook. Serkis reprised his role of Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as well as tackling 2nd Unit directing duties on the film.

    Serkis recently announced he will direct an adaptation of Richard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros.

    In October of 2012, Serkis announced the acquisition of two projects that will be produced by his London-based performance capture studio The Imaginarium: The Bone Season (based on a series of books by Samantha Shannon) and a re-telling of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which Serkis will direct.  20th Century Fox-based Peter Chernin will co-produce the adaptation of The Bone Season with The Imaginarium.

    Other recent credits include a starring role as Captain Haddock alongside Jamie Bell’s Tintin in The Adventures of Tintin, from director Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, and had co-starring roles in Death of a Superhero and Brighton Rock.  In 2010, Serkis received critical acclaim and accolades for his portrayal of punk-rock legend Ian Dury in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll for director Mat Whitecross.  The role earned Serkis a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. He also played 19th century grave robber William Hare, opposite Simon Pegg’s William Burke, in John Landis’ black comedy Burke & Hare. 

    On the small screen, Serkis appeared in the BBC miniseries Little Dorrit, based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, which garnered him a 2009 Emmy® nomination for Best Supporting Actor.   He also starred in as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein in the BBC/HBO production of Einstein and Eddington.
    Serkis previously earned Golden Globe® and BAFTA TV Award nominations for his performance as Ian Brady in HBO’s Longford.  He also garnered acclaim for the role of Bill Sikes in the PBS presentation of Oliver Twist.  British television audiences also know him for a wide range of roles in telefilms, miniseries and series.

    Feature film credits include Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed drama The Prestige; the comedy 13 Going on 30, with Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer; and indie films The Cottage, Extraordinary Rendition and Sugarhouse.  He also lent his voice to the animated feature Flushed Away.  He earlier co-starred in Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People and Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy.  Serkis includes among his additional film credits such independent releases as Deathwatch, The Escapist, Shiner, Pandaemonium, The Jolly Boys’ Last Stand, Five Seconds to Spare, Sweety Barrett, Among Giants, Mojo, Career Girls, Loop, Stella Does Tricks and The Near Room.

    An accomplished stage actor, Serkis received acclaim for his work on the stages of London and across the United Kingdom.  He starred as Iago in Othello, at the Royal Exchange Theatre; played the Emcee in Cabaret; and originated the role of Potts in Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, at the Royal Court Theatre.  His stage work also includes productions of King Lear, Hush, and Decadence.  In 2003, he made his directorial debut with the play The Double Bass at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

    As a director, Serkis also helmed the award-winning Heavenly Sword™ for PLAYSTATION®3 and the upcoming Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for Namco Bandai Games.  In addition, he wrote and directed a short film called Snake, starring his wife, Lorraine Ashbourne and Rupert Graves.

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