Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis


4/20/1964, Ruislip Manor, London, United Kingdom

Birth Name

Andrew Clement G. Serkis


  • Andy Serkis as Liam Black in Accused
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Andy Serkis, born Andrew Clement Serkis on April 20, 1964 in London, is an actor, voice-over artist, writer and director. Serkis attended school at Ealing, prior to entering Lancaster University where he studied visual arts and theater. Following his graduation from Lancaster, Serkis joined numerous touring companies of…more


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    • 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.