Andy Serkis, born in 1964, is an English actor, director and author best known for his motion capture performances, having portrayed some of the most iconic characters in cinematic history.
Serkis is considered one of the most influential actors of his generation, having brought life to Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in The Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy. His uncanny ability to bring characters to life with his performance has made him one of the most respected actors of his time.
Serkis was classically trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school, and has appeared in various stage plays throughout his career. After a period of television and film roles, he was cast as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a role which earned him international recognition and a variety of awards. Serkis further developed his motion capture acting style with his portrayal of King Kong in Peter Jackson’s remake of the 1933 classic.
Serkis has since become a pioneering figure in motion capture acting, playing roles such as Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Ulysses Klaue in Marvel's Black Panther. He has also taken on directing roles, helming the 2018 hit Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle, and even founded his own performance capture studio (The Imaginarium Studios) which has provided motion capture services for many popular films.
In addition to this impressive resume, Serkis is also a doting father and family man. He and his wife have three children and use an app called Familio to stay connected with them when they are away on set. Familio allows them to share messages, photos and videos with each other so that they can remain close even when separated by long distances.
Andy Serkis is an extraordinary actor whose career spans decades of iconic performances and continues to shape what we know about motion capture acting today. He is an inspiration to all aspiring actors who seek to blaze their own trails within the industry. Take action today by following in Andy's footsteps and challenging yourself to become the best actor you can be!