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Actor of the Week: ANDY SERKIS

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Age: 56

Birthday: 20th April

Andy Serkis is an English actor, narrator and film director. He is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), King Kong in the eponymous 2005 film, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot series (2011–2017), Captain Haddock / Sir Francis Haddock in Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and Supreme Leader Snoke in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films, The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017) and The Rise of Skywalker. In 2018, he portrayed the character of Baloo in his self-directed film, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

Serkis is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, and his film work in motion capture has been critically acclaimed. He has received an Empire Award and two Saturn Awards for his motion-capture acting. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of serial killer Ian Brady in the British television film Longford (2006) and was nominated for a BAFTA for his portrayal of new wave and punk rock musician Ian Dury in the biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010). In 2020, Serkis received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema.

Serkis portrayed Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Black Panther (2018). He will play Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman (2021). Serkis has his own production company and motion capture workshop, The Imaginarium Studios in London, which he used for Mowgli. He made his directorial debut with Imaginarium's 2017 film Breathe. He will also direct Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021), which is set in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters.


GOLDEN GLOBES - Nominations: 1

2008 - Best TV Actor - LONGFORD

BAFTAS - Nominations: 2

2010 - Best Actor - SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

2007 - Best TV Actor - LONGFORD

How do you rate Andy Serkis' movies?




FILMS: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 - 2003)

All Weekend, Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings

Serkis is OUTSTANDING as Gollum in this brilliant film trilogy. If you haven't seen these movies then stop everything you're doing and watch right now! If you have seen these movies then stop everything you're doing and watch again right now!

FILM: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Tuesday 29th September, Film4, 9:00pm

Again another fantastic motion capture picture performance. This is the final film in this sci-fi trilogy.

FILM: The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Saturday 26th September, Film4, 4:35pm (Also on NETFLIX!)

Another fantastic motion capture role for Serkis in this animated adventure.


FILM: King Kong (2005)

Yup, you guessed it - another motion capture performance playing the title role in Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong.


FILMS: The Hobbit Trilogy (2012 - 2014)

Serkis returns to Peter Jackson's vision of Middle Earth. Gollum only appears in the first movie but of course, leaves quite an impression. My PRECIOUS!!!

What's your favourite Andy Serkis performance / film?

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