THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
ANDY SERKIS (Gollum) 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.
In October 2012, Serkis announced the acquisition of two projects that will be produced by his London-based performance capture studio, The Imaginarium: THE BONE SEASON, based on a series of books by Samantha Shannon, scheduled for publication next year, and a re-telling of George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM, which Serkis will direct.
Most recently, Serkis starred as Captain Haddock in THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, from director Steven Spielberg. In Summer 2011, he starred in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, a prequel to the iconic film PLANET OF THE APES. Serkis's performance as Caesar was acclaimed by both journalists and audiences worldwide, and brought him a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, among other honors.
Serkis also had co-starring roles in DEATH OF A SUPERHERO and BRIGHTON ROCK. In 2010, Serkis received accolades for his portrayal of punk-rock legend Ian Dury in the film SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL, directed by Mat Whitecross. The role earned Serkis a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor. He also played 19th-century grave robber William Hare, opposite Simon Pegg's William Burke, in John Landis's black comedy BURKE & HARE.
On the small screen, Serkis appeared in the BBC miniseries LITTLE DORRIT, based on Charles Dickens' classic tale, which garnered him a 2009 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein in the BBC/HBO production of EINSTEIN AND EDDINGTON. Serkis previously earned Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award nominations for his performance as Ian Brady in HBO's LONGFORD. He also earned praise for the role of Bill Sikes in the PBS presentation of OLIVER TWIST. He is also well known to British television audiences for a wide range of roles in other telefilms and miniseries, as well as series.
Serkis's 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. He includes among his other 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 additional stage work 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 and the upcoming "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West," for Namco Bandai Games. In addition, he wrote and directed a short film called SNAKE, starring his wife, Lorraine Ashbourne, and Rupert Graves.
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