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ANDY SERKIS (Caesar) is an award-winning actor who has
earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in a range of
memorable roles. His performance as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
earned him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the
Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Serkis 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. Serkis reprised
his role of Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as well as tackling 2nd
Unit directing duties on the film.
Serkis recently announced he will direct an adaptation of Richard Kipling's
The Jungle Book for Warner Bros.
In October of 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) and a
re-telling of George Orwell's Animal Farm, which Serkis will direct. 20th
Century Fox-based Peter Chernin will co-produce the adaptation of The Bone
Season with The Imaginarium.
Other recent credits include a starring role as Captain Haddock alongside
Jamie Bell's Tintin in The Adventures of Tintin, from director Steven Spielberg,
Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, and had co-starring roles in Death of a
Superhero and Brighton Rock. In 2010, Serkis received critical acclaim and
accolades for his portrayal of punk-rock legend Ian Dury in the film Sex & Drugs
& Rock & Roll for director Mat Whitecross. The role earned Serkis a BAFTA
nomination for Best Actor. He also played 19th century grave robber William
Hare, opposite Simon Pegg's William Burke, in John Landis' black comedy Burke &
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 in as Nobel
Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein in the BBC/HBO production of Einstein
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
Feature film credits include Christopher Nolan's acclaimed drama The
Prestige; the comedy 13 Going on 30, with Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer; and
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 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
As a director, Serkis also helmed the award-winning Heavenly Sword for
PLAYSTATION3 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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