In 1964, Andy Serkis was born in London to a special education teacher mother and an Armenian father who worked as a medical doctor abroad. His family spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East. Up until age 10, Serkis lived back and forth between Baghdad and London....Read more Serkis got involved in theatre while studying visual arts at Lancaster University, where he did set design for theatrical productions, from which he launched into acting. In 1985, Serkis joined the Duke Playhouse in Lancaster as an apprentice of Jonathan Petherbridge. He also toured in theatre companies, for no money, appearing in a slew of popular plays and on almost every renowned British stage. He performed many times at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester in 1989. His next big role was in "King Lear" at the Royal Court Theatre, and then the hit play "Mojo," which had one sold out show after another and enjoyed huge critical success. In 1987, Serkis made his television debut and appeared in several major British TV miniseries throughout the 1990s. In 1999, Serkis scored the role of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. His computer-generated character advanced the technology by leaps and bounds, and Serkis won numerous awards and nominations for his performance. "The Return of the King" (2003) won 11 Oscars. He resumed his role of the tortured Gollum in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012), the first installment of Peter Jackson's prequel trilogy. Serkis is also known for his turns as Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011) and Captain Haddock in Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" (2011).