Photo of Andy Serkis Andy Serkis

Born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip, England, Andy Serkis spent part of his boyhood in the Middle East because of his father's medical career. He discovered acting by way of an interest in set design and construction, launching his career with quirky character roles in television and film.

But it was his mesmerizing portrayal of the computer-animated Gollum in director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy that propelled Serkis into another realm. Besides supplying Gollum's voice, Serkis added many of the character's creepy physicalities, resulting in a three-dimensional being with complex emotions.

Reteaming with Jackson for King Kong (2005), Serkis provided the gargantuan gorilla's movements. He later turned in haunting performances in Longford (2006), nabbing BAFTA and Golden Globe nods, and the miniseries "Little Dorrit," which netted him an Emmy nomination. Serkis added a second BAFTA nod to his résumé with Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2009).

Andy Serkis in Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

2015 PG-13

Extending the Star Wars epic's historical arc and set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, this full-throttle adventure features familiar faces and new characters, including planetary scavenger Rey and incomparable X-wing pilot Poe.

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  • Andy Serkis in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Andy Serkis in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Andy Serkis in The Prestige The Prestige
  • Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Andy Serkis in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Andy Serkis in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Andy Serkis in King Kong King Kong
  • Andy Serkis in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Andy Serkis in Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit
  • Andy Serkis in LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed. LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed.
  • Andy Serkis in Flushed Away Flushed Away
  • Andy Serkis in The Adventures of Tintin The Adventures of Tintin
  • Andy Serkis in Inkheart Inkheart
  • Andy Serkis in 13 Going on 30 13 Going on 30
  • Andy Serkis in Accused Accused
  • Andy Serkis in The Simpsons: Christmas 2 The Simpsons: Christmas 2
  • Andy Serkis in 24 Hour Party People 24 Hour Party People
  • Andy Serkis in Burke and Hare Burke and Hare
  • Andy Serkis in Agatha Christie: The Pale Horse Agatha Christie: The Pale Horse
  • Andy Serkis in Shooting the Past Shooting the Past
  • Andy Serkis in Deathwatch Deathwatch
  • Andy Serkis in Blessed Blessed
  • Andy Serkis in Simon Schama: The Power of Art Simon Schama: The Power of Art
  • Andy Serkis in Brighton Rock Brighton Rock
  • Andy Serkis in Finney Finney
  • Andy Serkis in Longford Longford
  • Andy Serkis in The Escapist The Escapist
  • Andy Serkis in Arthur Christmas Arthur Christmas
  • Andy Serkis in Shiner Shiner
  • Andy Serkis in The Jolly Boys Last Stand The Jolly Boys Last Stand
  • Andy Serkis in Sugarhouse Sugarhouse
  • Andy Serkis in Extraordinary Rendition Extraordinary Rendition
  • Andy Serkis in The Cottage The Cottage
  • Andy Serkis in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • Andy Serkis in Animals United Animals United
  • Andy Serkis in Wild Bill Wild Bill