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Also Known As: Andrew C.G. Serkis Died:
Born: April 20, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Middlesex, England, GB Profession: Actor

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Of the countless visual effects that wowed moviegoers in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-03), none had the sheer impact of Gollum, a former hobbit transformed into a piteous creature by its lust for the magical ring. And while its fully articulated appearance was a miracle of digital effects, the character would have had none of its impact were it not for the astonishing performance of Andy Serkis, the English actor who lent his voice and physical movements to the role. Serkis' turn, alternately tragic and treacherous, was hailed by critics worldwide; he would go on to give life to another Jackson digital creation - the title beast in "King Kong" (2005) - and prove himself a versatile talent in his own skin with notable supporting roles in "13 Going on 30" (2004), "The Prestige" (2006), and "Longford" (2006). The actor continued to earn acclaim for live-action roles in such U.K.-produced dramas as the Ian Dury biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" (2010) and more stunning motion-capture work in box office hits like "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011). Fans later thrilled to the news that the performer would be reprising the role of Gollum in Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected...

Of the countless visual effects that wowed moviegoers in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-03), none had the sheer impact of Gollum, a former hobbit transformed into a piteous creature by its lust for the magical ring. And while its fully articulated appearance was a miracle of digital effects, the character would have had none of its impact were it not for the astonishing performance of Andy Serkis, the English actor who lent his voice and physical movements to the role. Serkis' turn, alternately tragic and treacherous, was hailed by critics worldwide; he would go on to give life to another Jackson digital creation - the title beast in "King Kong" (2005) - and prove himself a versatile talent in his own skin with notable supporting roles in "13 Going on 30" (2004), "The Prestige" (2006), and "Longford" (2006). The actor continued to earn acclaim for live-action roles in such U.K.-produced dramas as the Ian Dury biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" (2010) and more stunning motion-capture work in box office hits like "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011). Fans later thrilled to the news that the performer would be reprising the role of Gollum in Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012), the first of another planned trilogy. Despite the fact that his most notable roles were delivered via computer technology, Serkis had become one of film's most respected and sought-after performers.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Brighton Rock (2011)
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 Burke and Hare (2011)
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Made professional acting debut in "Privates on Parade"
1993:
Featured in the Royal Court production of "Hush"
1993:
Early film credit, "Prince of Jutland"
1994:
Garnered attention for playing a gangster in the TV production "Finney"
1995:
Won acclaim for turn in the gritty play "Mojo" at the Royal Court; reprised role in the 1997 film version
1997:
First feature film with director Mike Leigh, "Career Girls"
1998:
Had co-starring role in the film "Among Giants"
1999:
Cast as Bill Sykes in the British TV remake of "Oliver Twist"
1999:
Appeared in Mike Leigh's "Topsy Turvy"
2000:
Had featured role in "Pandaemonium"
2001:
Co-starred on the London stage in "A Lie of the Mind"
2001:
Provided the vocals and physicality for the character of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (lensed 1998-2000); released over a three-year period: "The Fellowship of the Rings" (2001), "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003)
2002:
Cast in the WWI horror film, "Deathwatch"
2004:
Played Jennifer Garner's boss in the comedy "13 going on 30"
2005:
Acted as the model for the oversized ape in Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong"; also had a small role as Lumpy the Cook
2006:
Co-starred as Ian Brady in the British TV movie, "Longford"; written by Peter Morgan (Channel 4/HBO)
2006:
Had a small role opposite Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige"
2008:
Portrayed Albert Einstein in the British drama "Einstein and Eddington" (BBC/HBO)
2009:
Played the evil villain Capricorn in "Inkheart"
2009:
Appeared as the murderous French rogue Rigaud in the BBC Television adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"
2011:
Played a computer-generated ape in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
2011:
Lent his vocal talent in "The Adventures of Tintin," directed by Steven Spielberg
2012:
Returned to Middle Earth as Gollum in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson
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Education

Lancaster University: -
St Benedict's School: -

Notes

"When I first got the call from my agent it was more of an animated character with me just doing the voice. I just went 'there must be a dozen decent parts in that film; can't you get me one of those?' I just wasn't keen. Then Lorraine my wife, just said, 'Durrr, this is Gollum."When I first got the call from my agent it was more of an animated character with me just doing the voice. I just went 'there must be a dozen decent parts in that film; can't you get me one of those?' I just wasn't keen. Then Lorraine my wife, just said, 'Durrr, this is Gollum.'"---Serkis on being up for the part of Gollum in LOTR EmpireOnline December 2003

"It was an extraordinary journey and at times quite a lonely one."---Serkis on filming LOTR to Empire Magazine, January 2005.

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companion:
Lorraine Ashbourne. Mother of Reid's two children.
companion:
Lorraine Ashbourne. Actor. Longtime partner, mother of Sonny and Ruby.

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son:
Sonny. Has three.
daughter:
Ruby. Briefly married at age 21.

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