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

->''"[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings LotR]] launched the career of one man, who must now wear skintight Spandex and face dots for the rest of his life."''
-->'''-- WebVideo/HonestTrailers''', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOIi9SjJvgU 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 Creator/PeterJackson's epic film trilogy based on Creator/JRRTolkien's saga ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. He spent four years on the part and received awards and nominations for his performance as Gollum, a computer generated character in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' (2002) and ''The Return of the King'' (2003) which won eleven Oscars.[[note]] Many people feel Serkis should've at least been nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Gollum, but the Academy jury is still out on whether SerkisFolk performances are acting in the traditional sense that might fall under acting award criteria, instead of lesser special effects categories.[[/note]] Serkis also used this art form in his performance as Kong in ''Film/KingKong2005'', 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.

In 2011, Serkis parleyed his experience with Gollum and King Kong into the foundation of his own visual effects studio, The Imaginarium, which specialises in providing performance capture for SerkisFolk characters in films, TV, and video games.

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).

!!Selected works:
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'': Captain Haddock
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gollum
* ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'': Caesar
** ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes''
** ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes''
* ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'': Gollum.
* ''Film/BurkeAndHare'': William Hare
* ''Film/ThePrestige'': Alley
* ''Film/{{Inkheart}}'': Capricorn
* ''Literature/AlexRider'': Mr. Grin
* ''Film/KingKong2005'': King Kong and Lumpy
* ''{{Theatre/Othello}}'': Iago
* ''Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll'': Ian Dury
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'': Godzilla [[note]]selected scenes[[/note]]
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' (2015): Ulysses Klaue
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode VII: ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' (2015): Supreme Leader Snoke
** [[Film/StarWars8 Episode VIII]] (2017)
* ''Film/JungleBookOrigins'' [[note]]Also his directorial debut[[/note]] (2017): Baloo
!!Audio Roles:
* Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's production of C.S. Lewis's ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters:'' Screwtape
!!Video Game Roles:
* ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword''[[note]]Mocap performances also done in collaboration with WETA Digital[[/note]]: [[InkSuitActor King Bohan]]
* ''VideoGame/EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest'': Monkey
!!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 ''Film/TheHobbit'', and is the director of ''Film/JungleBookOrigins''.
* DyeingForYourArt: Of the weight/strength gain genre, to emulate Ian Dury's handicap left over from a bout of polio.
** Also packed on muscle to play Klaue in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Despite his most famous role being [[Film/LordOfTheRings a high-pitched talkative loon]], he is perfectly capable of using this trope as well, such as narrating the teaser trailer for ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
* FakeAmerican: Put on a New York accent for ''Film/ThePrestige''.
* FieldPromotion[=/=]YouAreInCommandNow: As a director for ''Film/TheHobbit''.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Researched gorillas in the wild in order to get a better insight on playing one of them in ''King Kong''. He soon learned that it's not that simple: like humans, gorillas are all individuals with unique personalities, and that there's really no such thing as a "typical" gorilla:
-->'''Serkis:''' 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.
* LargeHam
* MessyHair
* 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.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Met his future wife when they were in a stage production. They went on a date in character, and the rest is history.
* 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''.