Andy Serkis is a well-known English Actor and Director who rose to fame through The Lord of the Rings trilogy in which he portrayed Sméagol/Gollum picturized using the motion capture technology. He was widely appreciated for the role and went on to become an expert in giving life to animated and computer-generated characters such as King Kong and Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin. He made his directorial debut in 2017 through the film Breathe and is currently directing the film Mowgli. Let us have a brief look at the career and net worth of Andy Serkis in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Andrew Clement Serkis was born on April 20, 1964, in Ruislip, England, the United Kingdom to Clement Serkis, a gynecologist and Lylie, a teacher for disabled children. Andy Serkis attended the St Benedict’ School, Ealing and later attended the Lancaster University where he studied visual arts. He was also a member of The County College and then joined the Nuffield Studio.
Andy Serkis married actress Lorraine Ashbourne in 2002, and the couple has since been together blessed with three children namely Ruby, Sonny, and Louis. Though Andy cites himself as an atheist, he believes in karma and energy transference.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Andy Serkis initially started his career as a stage artist and slowly began to perform in television and movies. His first television role came in 1992 in The Darling Buds of May and got a notable role in the 1997 film Loop. He landed the role of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy for which he earned huge accolades.
He portrayed King Kong in the 2005 version of the film and appeared as an assistant to Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. In 2008, he portrayed Albert Einstein in Einstein and Eddington and 2010 he played the lead role in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
Andy has won an Empire Award and two Saturn Awards for his motion-captured roles and was nominated for a BAFTA award for his performance in the television film Longford. He also portrays Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He founded the production company Imaginarium Studios in 2011 with Jonathan Cavendish and made his directorial debut through the 2017 film Breathe. Andy is currently directing the film Mowgli based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling in which he also plays the character Baloo.
Net Worth & Earnings
The skillful performer has been a prolific actor throughout his career which has made him a millionaire. His salary for the Planet of the Apes franchise is reported to be around $3 million, and he is said to be paid around $4 million for being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His average annual income is about $3.5 million, and his endorsements add another $700,000 to his bank. His net worth is $35 million.
Though there are many talented and skillful actors out there, Andy Serkis has the special edge of giving life to computer-generated characters through his body language and voice which makes him a point of reference for fellow actors who are offered with such roles.