ANDY SERKIS 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.
Serkis is currently in post-production on his directorial debut, Breathe, which brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) and his wife Diana (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. The film is scheduled for an October 13th release in the United States. In addition, Serkis is in post-production on Jungle Book: Origins, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” for Warner Bros, in which he serves as director, producer and actor (in the role of “Baloo”).
This summer, he starred in War for The Planet of The Apes, for 20th Century Fox and director Matt Reeves. His performance as “Caesar” in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes received acclaim from both journalists and audiences worldwide, earning him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Most recently, Serkis appeared as “Supreme Leader Snoke” in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will reprise his role in the next installment of the Star Wars Saga in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
He served as 2nd Unit Director on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy (most recently, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and reprised the role of “Gollum” in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
In 2011, Serkis founded The Imaginarium alongside producer Jonathan Cavendish, a multi- platform production company linked to a performance capture studio focusing on next-generation storytelling. The first Imaginarium projects include two films released in October 2017- Breathe, directed by Serkis, starring Andrew Garfield & Claire Foy, and The Ritual, starring Rafe Spall, for which Serkis is Executive Producer. The Imaginarium and Warner Bros’ Jungle Book: Origins will be released in 2018.
Other recent credits include a staring role as “Captain Haddock” alongside Jamie Bell’s “Tintin” in The Adventures of Tintin, from director Steven Spielberg and producers 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 C19th grave robber “William Hare”, opposite Simon Pegg’s “William Burke”, in John Landis’ 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 in 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 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 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 and 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 such 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 and 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.