DOB: April 20, 1964
Background: Serkis is a British actor or Armenian descent. He studied visual arts at Lancaster University, choosing theater as his second subject. After playing the lead role in the play "Gotcha," he decided to change his major to acting.
Filmography: After extensive television work during the 1990s, he appeared in the films "Career Girls" (1997) and "Topsy-Turvy" (1999), both directed by Mike Leigh. Not long after that he gave his breakthrough performance in the three "Lord of the Rings" films (2001-2003) as Gollum, for which his voice and movements were captured digitally for the creation of the CGI role. Using the same technique, he played the title character in Peter Jackson's 2005 "King Kong" remake and the enhanced chimp Caesar in 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." He has also appeared in "The Prestige" (2006), "Longford" (2006), and the TV miniseries "Little Dorrit" (2008). He will soon be seen in Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," and he reprises his role as Gollum in the upcoming "Hobbit" films in 2012 and 2013.
Best TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor Nomination
"Little Dorrit" (2009); lost to Ken Howard ("Grey Gardens")
Best TV Supporting Actor Nomination
"Longford" (2008); lost to Jeremy Piven ("Entourage")
SAG Awards: Win - Best Film Ensemble ("Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," 2004)
Best Film Ensemble Nominations
"Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2003); lost to "Chicago"
"Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" (2002); lost to "Gosford Park"
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