Andy Serkis is a critically acclaimed English actor and director best known for his role as Smeagol and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The son of an ethnic Armenian doctor from Iraq, Andy Serkis was born on April 20, 1964 in Ruislip Manor, Middlesex, England. He attended St. Benedict’s school and studied visual arts at Lancaster University. Andy Serkis launched himself to fame when he was chosen to portray hobbit Smeagol and later ring-corrupted creature Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, in which he provided the voice, body language and facial expression in the Computer-generated imagery (CGI) character. In the 2002 second installment of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Andy Serkis’ character, Gollum, played a major role in bringing Frodo and Sam in the land of Mordor as they continue their quest in the destroying the ring. Serkis once again returned in the final installment of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003, in which his character sank into the burning lava of Mt. Doom together with the ring of power. According to critics, Serkis’ remarkable portrayal of Gollum should have earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Serkis once again worked with filmmaker Peter Jackson in the 2005 version of King Kong, providing the voice and action for the CGI character of Kong. Since then, he has continued to develop “performance capture” as an art form. Serkis worked with game developers Ninja Theory for the game Heavenly Sword, in which he provided the voice and motions for the game’s main villain, King Bohan.
Serkis has already made over 30 film and television appearances in his career. In 2006, he starred on Anthony Horowitz's spy film Stormbreaker. He further demonstrated his versatility as an actor in the Jim Threapleton's feature film Extraordinary Rendition.