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[[caption-width-right:300:Andy Serkis and his precious.]]

->[[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings LotR]]] launched the career of one man, [[TypeCasting who must now]] [[SerkisFolk wear skintight Spandex and face dots]] [[UpToEleven for the rest of his life]].
-->'''WebVideo/HonestTrailers''' - ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOIi9SjJvgU&list=SP86F4D497FD3CACCE&index=6 The Lord of the Rings]]''

'''Andy Serkis''' is an English actor, painter, and director, born April 20, 1964. He has three sisters and a brother. As a child, Serkis wanted to be an artist; he was fond of painting and drawing, and visualized himself working behind the scenes in productions. Serkis studied visual arts at Lancaster University. There he became involved in mechanical aspects of the theatre and did stage design and set building for theatrical productions. Then Serkis was asked to play a role in a student production, and made his stage debut in Barrie Keefe's play ''Gotcha''; thereafter he switched from stage design to acting, which was a real calling that transformed his life.

In 1999, Andy Serkis landed the prize role of Gollum in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's saga ''The Lord of the Rings''. He spent four years on the part and received awards and nominations for his performance as Gollum, a computer generated character in ''The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'' and ''The Return of the King'' (2003) which won 11 Oscars. Serkis also used this art form in his performance as Kong in ''King Kong'' (2005), which won him a Toronto Film Critics Association Award (2005) for his unprecedented work helping to realize the main character, and a Visual Effects Society Award (2006) for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture.

Andy Serkis married actress and singer Lorraine Ashbourne, and the couple have three children: daughter Ruby (b 1998), and two sons Sonny (b. 2000) and Louis George (born 19 June 2004).

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!!Selected works:
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfTintin'': Captain Haddock
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gollum
* ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' and ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'': Caesar
* ''Film/TheHobbit'': Gollum, [[RoleReprisal again]].
* ''BurkeAndHare'': William Hare
* ''Film/ThePrestige'': Alley
* ''{{Inkheart}}'': Capricorn
* ''AlexRider'': Mr. Grin
* ''Film/KingKong'': King Kong
* ''{{Theatre/Othello}}'': Iago
* ''Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll'': [[Music/IanDuryAndTheBlockheads Ian Dury]]
* ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars Episode VII]]'' (2015)

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!!Video Game Roles:
* ''HeavenlySword''[[note]]Mocap performances also done in collaboration with WETA Digital[[/note]]: [[InkSuitActor King Bohan]]
* ''EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest'': Monkey

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!!Tropes that apply to Mr. Serkis:
* BreakthroughHit: As Gollum, still easily his most famous role.
* ClusterBleepBomb: In character as Gollum. As Sméagol protests. And Serkis himself looks on in horror. It is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUNYCGZMtI8 glorious]].
* DirectedByCastMember: He became the second unit director of ''The Hobbit''.
* DyeingForYourArt: Of the weight/strength gain - genre, to emulate Ian Dury's handicap left over from a bout of polio.
* FakeAmerican: Put on a New York accent for ''The Prestige''.
* FieldPromotion[=/=]YouAreInCommandNow: As a director for ''The Hobbit''.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Researched gorillas in the wild in order to get a better insight on playing one of them in KingKong. He soon learned that it's not that simple: like humans, gorillas are all individuals with individual personalities, and that there's really no such thing as a "typical" gorilla:
-->"When you talk about studying gorillas, what you're really doing is studying people. You can have, say, a very loving gorilla, or a very mean gorilla, or a very uptight gorilla, or a very relaxed gorilla. Which got me wondering at that point, 'Okay, so who is Kong?' It didn't narrow down the field; it opened it up."
* MessyHair
* MethodActing: Met his future wife when they were in a stage production. They went on a date in character, and the rest is history.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether, even CameBackStrong: When given the opportunity to come back to Middle Earth as Gollum in ''The Hobbit'', became the second unit director, as well.
* SerkisFolk: The TropeNamer, naturally, after his pioneering work in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
* TalkingToHimself: As Gollum and Smeagol.
** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He even used both personas on the]] DVDCommentary of ''Return of the King''.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Has co-starred with JamieBell in ''Deathwatch'', ''King Kong'', and ''Tintin''.
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