"[LotR] launched the career of one man, who must now wear skintight Spandex and face dots for the rest of his life."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 (2002) and The Return of the King (2003) which won eleven Oscars.note 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.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 Serkis Folk 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).
- The Adventures of Tintin: Captain Haddock
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Caesar
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Gollum, again.
- Burke and Hare: William Hare
- The Prestige: Alley
- Inkheart: Capricorn
- Alex Rider: Mr. Grin
- King Kong (2005): King Kong and Lumpy
- Othello: Iago
- Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: Ian Dury
- Godzilla (2014): Godzilla note
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Ulysses Klaue
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) and Episode VIII (2017): Supreme Leader Snoke
- Jungle Book: Origins note (2017): Baloo
- Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's production of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters: Screwtape
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Tropes that apply to Mr. Serkis:
- Breakthrough Hit: As Gollum, still easily his most famous role.
- Cluster Bleep Bomb: In character as Gollum. As Sméagol protests. And Serkis himself looks on in horror. It is glorious.
- Directed by Cast Member: He became the second unit director of The Hobbit, and is the director of Jungle Book: Origins.
- Dyeing for Your Art: 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 Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Despite his most famous role being a high-pitched talkative loon, he is perfectly capable of using this trope as well, such as narrating the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens.
- Fake American: Put on a New York accent for The Prestige.
- Field Promotion/You Are in Command Now: As a director for The Hobbit.
- Gone Horribly Right: 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.
- Large Ham
- Messy Hair
- Method Acting: Met his future wife when they were in a stage production. They went on a date in character, and the rest is history.
- Putting the Band Back Together, even Came Back Strong: When given the opportunity to come back to Middle Earth as Gollum in The Hobbit, became the second unit director, as well.
- Serkis Folk: The Trope Namer, naturally, after his pioneering work in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.
- Talking to Himself: As Gollum and Smeagol. He even used both personas on the DVD Commentary of Return of the King.
- Those Two Guys: Has co-starred with Jamie Bell in Deathwatch, King Kong, and Tintin.