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Andrew C. G. "Andy" Serkis (born 20 April 1964) is an English actor, director and author.

Early life

Serkis was born and brought up in Ruislip Manormarker, Middlesexmarker. His mother was English and his father was an Iraqimarker-born gynaecologist of Armenian descent. He was educated at St Benedict's Schoolmarker, Ealingmarker and at Lancaster Universitymarker where he studied visual art, a member of The County College, and was also a part of the student radio station Bailrigg FM.

Career

Serkis' most critically acclaimed roles have been Sméagol/Gollum, in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy (2001–03) and the title character in the 2005 version of King Kong, in which he provided the voice and movements for the CGI characters. In Peter Jackson's King Kong, Andy Serkis played the ship's cook. His performance as Gollum is ranked #10 on Premiere's "100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time".

His work on the trilogy started a debate on the legitimacy of CGI-assisted acting. Some critics felt Serkis should have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, since his voice, body language, and facial expressions were used. There is the argument that his CGI actions were partially, or in some cases fully animated, without his movements, but the same is true for actors in a traditional movie with CGI. (Uncredited, Serkis also voices the Witch King of Angmar, as well as several other orc characters.)

Serkis worked with game developers Ninja Theory on the 2007 release Heavenly Sword, providing the motion capture and voice for King Bohan (the game's main villain), as well as acting as Dramatic Director for the game.

He has played 30 roles in film and television productions. One of his earliest feature film appearances was alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in The Jolly Boys' Last Stand.



Serkis was cast as serial killer Ian Brady in the BAFTA-nominated Longford, co-starring Samantha Morton as Myra Hindley and Jim Broadbent as Lord Longford. The film was attacked by relatives of Brady's and Hindley's victims. The mother of Keith Bennett, whose body has never been found, publicly criticized Serkis for requesting a meeting with Brady in preparation for the role.

In 2006 Serkis appeared in the role of Mr. Grin in the film rendition of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider novel Stormbreaker. In 2006, he was in the film The Prestige as Mr. Alley, assistant to Nikola Tesla, and as the voice of Spike, one of the henchrats in the Aardman Animations film Flushed Away.

In 2006 Serkis appeared in Jim Threapleton's improvised feature film, Extraordinary Rendition. He plays an interrogator working inside the CIA's controversial Extraordinary Rendition program. The film premiered at festivals in summer 2007.

Serkis appeared in Sugarhouse, a low-budget independently made film, playing local crime lord Hoodwink, who terrorises an East Londonmarker housing estate. For the role, Serkis shaved his head and had sessions lasting 20 hours each to have temporary tattoos stencilled onto his body. The film premiered at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival and released in the UK on 24 August 2007.

Serkis played the villain Capricorn in the film Inkheart, released in January 2009.

Serkis stars in The Cottage, about two brothers who kidnap an underworld figure and then stumble on a dark rural secret.

Serkis appeared in Einstein and Eddington, a joint venture between HBO and BBC. He played Albert Einstein. The film followed Einstein's development of his theory of relativity, and also showed how British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington became the first person to understand the scientist's work. Eddington was played by Doctor Who star David Tennant, who previously starred with Serkis in the stage version of the play Hurlyburly at the Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue in 1997.

In 2007, Serkis provided the voice over for Monkey Business, Five broadcast for three weeks from 13-31 August 2007. This series is about Monkey Worldmarker, the popular ape and monkey sanctuary and zoo near Woolmarker, Dorsetmarker, England.

Serkis has also provided voiceovers to a series of advertisements for Vodafone and NatWest Bank on British television.

Serkis will reunite with Peter Jackson as a cast member in Jackson and Steven Spielberg's Tintin trilogy, based on The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Filming began in January 2009. Filming was due to begin in September 2008 but was delayed due to Universal pulling out of backing the project.

In 2008, Serkis appeared as the murderous French rogue Rigaud in the BBC Television adaptation of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit. He will play the 1970s rock star Ian Dury in a biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll which starts shooting in summer 2009. He will be re-recording twelve songs with Dury's band The Blockheads for the film.

In 2009, Serkis voiced the role of the demon Screwtape in Focus on the Familymarker's Radio Theatre audio drama of The Screwtape Letters.

Personal life

Serkis lives in Crouch Endmarker, North Londonmarker with his wife, actress Lorraine Ashbourne, and their three young children: Ruby (b. 1998), Sonny (b. 2000) and Louis (b. 2004).

His hobbies include painting and playing the tenor saxophone.

A vegetarian, Serkis only started to eat fish during the filming of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He writes about it in his book Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic, published in 2004.

Serkis was born to Catholic parents and according to an article, Serkis is an atheist, but feels spiritual when he's up a mountain and is much drawn to the karmic possibilities of energy transference, specifically "the idea that your energy lives on after you."

Awards and nominations

Nominations

  • Golden Globe 2008 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Longford.


Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1989 Morris Minor and his Marvellous Motors Sparky Plugg TV series
Streetwise Owen TV
1992 The Darling Buds of May Greville TV series - Episode Le Grande Weekend
1993 Pie in the Sky Maxwell TV series - Episode Passion Fruit Fool
1994 Finney Tom TV series
Grushko Pyotr TV drama
Prince of Jutland Torsten
1995 The Near Room Bunny
1996 Stella Does Tricks Fitz
1997 Mojo Potts
The Pale Horse Sergeant Corrigan TV drama
Career Girls Nick Evans
Loop Bill
1998 The Tale of Sweety Barrett Leo King
The Jump Steven Brunos TV drama
Among Giants Bob
Clueless David Short film
Insomnia Harry Short film
1999 Oliver Twist Bill Sikes TV serial
Topsy-Turvy John D'Auban
Shooting the Past Styeman TV drama
Five Seconds to Spare Chester
Touching Evil III Michael Lawler TV mini-series
2000 Jump Shaun
Shiner Mel
Pandaemonium John Thelwall
The Jolly Boys' Last Stand Spider
Arabian Nights Kasim TV mini-series
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Sméagol/Gollum Nominated - SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Escapist Ricky Barnes
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Sméagol/Gollum Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Deathwatch Pvt. Thomas Quinn
24 Hour Party People Martin Hannett
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Sméagol/Gollum and Witch-king of Angmar SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actor


2004 Blessed Father Carlo
13 Going on 30 Richard Kneeland
Standing Room Only Granny, Rastafarian and Hunter Jackson
Spooks Riff TV series - Episode Celebrity
2005 King Kong King Kong and Lumpy the Cook
Stories of Lost Souls Granny, Rastafarian and Hunter Jackson
2006 Simon Schama's Power of Art Vincent Van Gogh TV series - Episode Van Gogh: Wheat Field with Crows
Extraordinary Rendition Lead Interrogator
Longford Ian Brady Nominated - BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Stormbreaker Mr. Grin
The Prestige Mr. Alley
Flushed Away Spike Voice
2007 Heavenly Sword King Bohan Game voice
Muybridge Erickson
Sugarhouse Hoodwink
2008 The Cottage David
Einstein and Eddington Albert Einstein TV drama
Inkheart Capricorn
Little Dorrit Rigaud TV serial
2009 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Ian Dury
2009 The Screwtape Letters Screwtape Audio drama
2010 Enslaved Monkey Game voice
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Captain Haddock/Sir Francis Haddock


Other works



References

  1. SERKIS, Andy
  2. Andy Serkis comes out from behind Gollum and King Kong by Times Online
  3. [1]
  4. Andy Serkis interview: Robert Rankin, The Hobbit, Tintin & more! - Den of Geek
  5. [2]Serkis to Hit the studio with The Blockheads
  6. Official audio drama website
  7. Andy Serkis
  8. Andy Serkis, a monstrous talent on the loose
  9. My family values
  10. Andy Serkis: Beastie Boy
  11. Official audio drama website
  12. Ninja Theory interview
  13. Official audio drama website


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