Andy Serkis is a famous actor who has acted in films since he was a student. He is popular for his role as the computer-generated character Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition to his acting skills, Andy is also a film director, producer and writer.
He has starred in blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, and Planet of the Apes among others. He has received some awards like Saturn Awards, Empire Awards and so on for his roles in certain films.
Who is Andy Serkis?
Andy Serkis was born Andrew Clement Serkis on August 26, 1964 in Ruislip, Middlesex, England. His parents are Lylie and Clement Serkis. Lylie was a Brit who taught disabled children, while Clement was a gynecologist of Armenian descent who was born in Iraq, where he often worked. Andy grew up in England with his mother and siblings and took vacations to the Middle East to see his father and other relatives.
Although Andy’s parents were strong Catholics, is currently an atheist but still cherishes the beliefs of his patents. He attended St Benedict’s School, Ealing for his schooling and Lancaster University for college. His major was not known, but he minored in theater. He also took part in some productions and was part of Nuffield Studios which enabled him to design posters and produce plays.
After starring in the play Gotcha as Barrie Keefee, Andy’s interest in acting spread and he switched his major to acting at the end of his freshman year. In an interview, he revealed that his parents were petrified when he informed them of his intention to become an actor. According to him, they wanted a solid profession like the right. Little did they know that this was a decision that would never be regretted.
He began acting in his freshman year after landing some roles in plays. In his third year, Andy Serkis received his equity card when he joined the local backstage team at Duke’s Playhouse. A year later, he appeared as a one-man actor in the comic: The Tin Pot Outside General and the Old Iron Woman. He graduated from Lancaster and learned a wide range of productions; from Brecht to Shakespeare to modern British playwrights.
He played the lead role of Andy Serkis in the 1989 Shakespearean play Macbeth The play took place at the Royal Exchange Theater in Manchester. His first film roles were in the television series The New Statesman; he has also been seen in Morris Minor’s Wonderful Motors , Saracens, Streetwise and so on.
In the early 1990s, he appeared in an episode of the television series May’s Darling Buds, Loop, Susannah York, The Bill among others. The film Einstein and Eddington landed him his first major role. He brilliantly portrayed the character of inventor Albert Einstein with David Tennant playing Arthur Eddington. Andy came into the limelight when he was featured in the epic fantasy adventure film, The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He played the role of the computer-generated Gollum, a mystical creature from 2001 to 2003. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role.
After The Lord of the Rings , Andy Serkis appeared in several films, including those that involved motion capture action, animation, and voice overs for computer-generated characters. He has been cast in popular films and animations such as Planet of the Apes reboot, The Adventures of the Tin Can, Star Wars Sequel: The Force Awakens and most recently in Black Panther and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle in 2018.
As a director, he made his directorial debut Breathe in 2017 and also directed the film Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018), in which he appeared.
Awards and Recognitions
British actor has received several awards such as Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance 2004, Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble 2004, BFCA Critics Choice Awards for Best Digital Acting Performance 2004, Empire Awards for Best Actor in Year 2010 and the Empire Inspiration Awards 2010.
Wealth (income and earnings)
Andy Serkis is well known and recognized in Hollywood as an actor and director. He has played various roles in many films and through all his hard work has accumulated a tangible sum – an estimated net worth of $28 million. However, nothing is known about the exact figures that Andy Serkis earns as a salary.
Family Facts: Wife and children
The famous actor is happily married to actress Lorraine Ashbourne, with whom he tied the knot in July 2002. They have three children together; Ruby (1998), Sonny (2000) and Louis (2004). It is not known when the two met. Ashbourne is an English actress who also starred in the film King Kong alongside her husband.