Although he wasn't discouraged from being a painter, his mother always wanted him to get a "proper job".
Andy feels at home wherever he goes, due to him traveling around a lot as a child.
In 2001, Andy directed a short film, Snake.
Another passion of Andy's is mountaineering.
Growing up, Andy wanted to be a painter or graphic artist.
Andy has three sisters and one brother.
When he is mucking around with his kids, Andy sometimes uses his "Gollum" voice. He also sometimes uses this voice when they misbehave.
Andy's attended St Benedict's School in UK.
Andy's father was a doctor in Iraq and his mother schooled handicapped children.
Andy's trademark is his turquoise eyes.
On December 13, 2007, Andy Serkis was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actor In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie" category for his performance in Longford.
Andy is currently producing and starring in Freezing Time (2007), about Eadweard Muybridge, a photography pioneer that is considered the founder of modern cinema, and was also a self-confessed murderer.
Andy appeared in an film about deforestation, The Ancient Forests for Greenpeace in 2004. The film was narrated by Ewan McGregor and had a soundtrack composed by Angelo Badalamenti.
Andy appeared in Neneh Cherry's music video for her song "Woman" in 1996.
Andy is a vegetarian.
Andy was ruled ineligle for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role of Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003) because Gollum was a computer-generated character.
Andy owns one of the two prop rings made for the Lord Of The Rings films. The other belongs to Elijah Wood.
Andy based his voice for Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings films on his cats' voices when coughing up furballs.
Andy is 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Andy: (On the most challenging thing about performing in "The Cottage") When I first read the script, the thing I loved about it… Paul wrote this five years ago and it was prior to Shaun of the Dead and the modern stream of comedy-horror flicks. I just thought it was brilliantly written and a great character piece. You cared about the characters. It didn't feel like it was a horror film – it felt like it was a real film with real events happening to real people. So, I think the biggest challenge when we came to shoot it was to keep that as a straight arrow and to allow the comedy to come out of the emotional truth of the relationship of the characters and so on. There's a difference between reading it and actually pulling that off on screen… and yet appealing to the horror fans.
Andy: If I hear someone say something and they're 100 per cent about it then it's almost inevitable that I'll take the opposite view. I guess I feel at odds with things like society. Absolutism is always a trigger for me.
Andy: The human condition is taxed at the moment to quite a great degree. It's interesting because in this country we're not faced with oppressive regimes or wars or deep-seated cataclysmic events. It's still all about class. The divide [between rich and poor] seems to be getting larger. And there are so many people slipping through the net. Whereas for my generation people would sort themselves out with fist fights and it was a big thing to carry a knife, now it's almost become acceptable to carry guns. And that's quite a scary prospect. But you can see why it's happening.
Andy: I do have anger management issues. Not clinical. Probably no more than most people. But you've got to keep yourself open so your tolerance levels can be blown off. I don't have a huge amount of actual rage in me but I've got a phenomenal amount of energy that bursts out and needs a conduit.
Andy: (On his character of Ian Brady in "Longford") You can't go into something like that just playing a normal villain. You have to find a comparison with yourself. For Brady, the moment when he was most complete, most joyful, was when he was on the moors with Myra. Mine was when I was with my wife and our children were being born. Bringing life into the world, taking life out: there's a connection.
Andy: (on gorillas) They really are our closest cousins. There's honesty there, and integrity, it's visceral and direct. Watching their social structure - adolescents together, mothers and children, old males knocking round together sagaciously - you just think: this is no different from us at all. In fact, certain gorillas are more evolved than certain human beings I know.
Andy: (On his character of Dogboy in his stage performance of "HUSH".) I found that a hard role to shake off. It really messed with my head.
Andy: I've always been really in touch with my primal instincts. In my profession you have to be. You have to be open to going where your emotions take you. Acting is a sort of pressure cooker that allows the fizz to come out the top. God knows what I'd be like if I didn't have that. Even more animal, perhaps.
Andy Serkis: (on playing Gollum in Lord of the Rings) Everyone has their own interpretation of what he is, what he looks like and how he sounds. So it was up to me to just trust my own instincts
Andy Serkis: (on his title character in "King Kong") We didn't want to anthropomorphize him to the point where we were explaining every single little gesture. Gorillas both in captivity and the wild have an enigmatic quality - a sense of disconnect, of otherness.