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Andy Serkis

Highest Rated:   100% Wild Bill (2011)
Birthplace:   Ruislip, London, England, UK
Andy Serkis always wanted a future in entertainment. Growing up in Ruslip Manor, England, he visualized himself working behind the scenes in production. Today, he is an impressive British character actor with over 50 stage, television, and film credits, distinguished performances on both Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!, and a highly coveted role in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Serkis began his acting career in theater. He has appeared on almost every renowned British stage -- the Royal Court, the Royal Exchange Manchester, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull Truck, Dukes Lancaster, the Nuffield Studio, and Donmar Warehouse -- and in a host of popular plays. His resumé 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. The next decade saw Serkis acting in several of Britain's heralded miniseries. In 1994, he appeared in the murder-mystery Finney. In 1996, he played Sergeant Corrigan in a television adaptation of Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse. In 1999, he starred in the Mystery! production Touching Evil as a grief counselor who tends to the husbands of women murdered by a brutal serial killer. In 2000, Masterpiece Theatre opened its 30th season with an adaptation of Oliver Twist that featured Serkis as Charles Dickens' terrifying loose cannon, Bill Sykes. That same year, the actor joined the international cast of Hallmark Hall of Fame's Arabian Nights, which included Dougray Scott, Mili Avital, and Rufus Sewell. In between juggling theater and television work, Serkis made his feature-film debut in the thriller Grushko (1993). His big-screen performances include a part in Mike Leigh's Career Girls (1997), a memorable turn as a wacky choreographer in the director's Topsy Turvy (1999), and the portrayal of 18th century English poet John Thelwall in Julian Temple's raucous Pandaemonium (2000). Serkis' most demanding role, however, did not require him to appear onscreen. Serkis supplied the voice and movement for the computer-animated creature Gollum in all three installments of Peter Jackson's trilogy The Lord of the Rings -- The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). The slithery Gollum, once a naïve hobbit, is driven mad by the force of the ring and displays emotions that range from childlike to menacing. Though Gollum only lurks in the background in the first film, he is of major importance to the rest of the trilogy. Serkis worked closely with technicians from Weta Workshop and Digital to produce an empathetic and palpable representation of Tolkien's character. He performed in a suit covered in reflectors that were tracked by a computer-driven camera. Animation was then superimposed over his movement, producing one of the most realistic computer-generated images in modern cinema. After completing The Lord of the Rings, Serkis quickly returned to the London stage. In the summer of 2001, he starred with Sinead Cusack and Catherine McCormack in the U.K. production of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind at the Donmar Warehouse. The play was one of the last productions overseen by the Donmar's former artistic director, Oscar winner Sam Mendes. The actor also began filming a WWI film with Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell, and wrote and directed his first short film, Snake. Besides starring his Hurly Burly co-star, Rupert Graves, Snake features Serkis' longtime partner, actr


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mowgli
  • Director
  • Baloo
97% Black Panther
  • Ulysses Klaue / Klaw
$501.2M 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Supreme Leader Snoke
$619.2M 2017
67% Breathe
  • Director
$0.5M 2017
No Score Yet Planeta dos macacos - A guerra
  • Actor
93% War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Caesar
$146.9M 2017
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  • Supreme Leader Snoke
$936.7M 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ulysses Klaue
$429.2M 2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Gollum
$187.8M 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Caesar
$183.3M 2014
89% London: The Modern Babylon
  • Actor
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Gollum
$303.1M 2012
90% Death of a Superhero
  • Dr. Adrian King
$345 2012
No Score Yet Simon Schama's Power of Art: Van Gogh
  • Actor
74% The Adventures of Tintin
  • Captain Haddock/Sir Francis Haddock
$75.3M 2011
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Lead Elf
$46.5M 2011
32% Burke and Hare
  • William Hare
$947 2011
50% Brighton Rock
  • Colleoni
$0.3M 2011
81% Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Caesar
$175.3M 2011
100% Wild Bill
  • Glen
78% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • Ian Dury
  • Executive Producer
25% Animals United (Konferenz der Tiere)
  • Charles the Cockerel
$0.6M 2010
38% Inkheart
  • Capricorn
$17.3M 2009
No Score Yet Einstein and Eddington
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No Score Yet Extraordinary Rendition
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72% The Cottage
  • David
No Score Yet Little Dorrit
  • Rigaud
29% Sugarhouse
  • Hoodwink
No Score Yet Simon Schama's The Power of Art
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100% Longford
  • Ian Brady
74% Flushed Away
  • Spike
$64.5M 2006
76% The Prestige
  • Alley
$53.1M 2006
35% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
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No Score Yet Simon Schama
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84% King Kong
  • Lumpy the Cook
$218.2M 2005
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls
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No Score Yet Blessed
  • Father Carlo
64% 13 Going on 30
  • Richard
$54.6M 2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Gollum/Sméagol
$364.1M 2003
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Gollum
$339.8M 2002
25% Deathwatch
  • Thomas Quinn
86% 24 Hour Party People
  • Martin Hannett
$1.1M 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gollum
$314.1M 2001
46% Shiner
  • Mel
58% Pandaemonium
  • John Thelwell
No Score Yet The Escapist
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No Score Yet The Jolly Boys Last Stand
  • Spider
No Score Yet Jolly Boys' Last Stand
  • Actor
89% Topsy-Turvy
  • John D'Auban
No Score Yet Shooting the Past
  • Actor
60% Among Giants
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No Score Yet Sweety Barrett
  • Leo King
88% Career Girls
  • Mr. Evans
No Score Yet The Pale Horse
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No Score Yet Stella Does Tricks
  • Fitz
No Score Yet Finney
  • Actor
No Score Yet Royal Deceit (Prince of Jutland)
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No Score Yet Neanderthal
  • Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Wil Wheaton Project
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Miss Marple
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • Bill Sikes Rigaud Styeman
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet MI-5
  • Riff
  • 2005
No Score Yet Mystery!
  • Michael Lawler
  • 2001
No Score Yet Accused
  • Actor

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