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ANDY SERKIS (Capricorn) is an award-winning actor who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in a range of memorable roles. He 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. Upcoming, Serkis is set to star in the film adaptation of the classic comic "Tintin,” from directors Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg.

On the small screen, Serkis next stars as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein in the BBC/HBO production of "Einstein and Eddington.” The biopic will first air on BBC 2 and then in the U.S. on HBO in 2009. He also appeared in the new BBC miniseries "Little Dorrit,” based on Charles Dickens' classic tale.

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.

Serkis's recent feature film credits include Christopher Nolan's acclaimed drama "The Prestige”; the comedy "13 Going on 30,” with Jennifer Garner; and the 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 has 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. He is also working on a new epic game for Ninja Theory. In addition, he wrote and directed a short film called "Snake,” starring his wife, Lorraine Ashbourne, and Rupert Grave. Serkis also has two feature projects in development.


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