Name: Andrew Clement Serkis
Born: April 20, 1964
Occupation: Actor, voice artist, director, author
Andy Serkis was born in Ruislip, Middlesex, England on April 20, 1964. He is the son of Clement Serkis, an Iraqi gynecologist, and Lylie Weech, an English teacher for disabled children.
He attended the St. Benedict’s School and studied visual arts at the Lancaster University. In order to design posters, Andy selected theater as a secondary subject. Andy also became a member of the County College and Bailrigg FM, a student radio station. Soon after, he attended the Nuffield Studio to get himself involved in designing and producing plays.
Andy is currently married to his longtime partner, Lorraine Ashbourne. The couple has three children, Ruby, Sonny and Louis. They currently reside in Crouch End, north London.
He got the bug for acting after having agreed to act in a handful of productions. His first major role came towards the end of his first year in college by playing the lead role in “Gotcha,” a story surrounding a rebellious teenager who holds a teacher hostage. Soon after, he focused his studies on acting and starred in the one-man satire show “The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman.”
After acting in plays, Andy made the transition to the small screen and obtained roles in “The Darling Buds of May” and the BBC-HBO production of “Einstein and Eddington,” in which he played Albert Einstein. It wasn’t until the 2000s that he was given major roles in such films as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Andy is now known for his work in CGI-assisted acting in both film and video games as he has been labeled as the “Godfather of motion capture.” In fact, he has been so successful in this realm that critics argued that he should have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Sméagol/Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” films.
He now owns his own motion capture workshop called The Imaginarium Studios.
Andy has been nominated for numerous awards both in the United States and in Europe, including a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Film critic awards and SAG.
We estimate that Andy Serkis’s net worth is $28 million (2016).
So how much is $28 million really?
$28 million can buy you about 300,000 copies of the extended Blu-ray edition of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. With $28 million, you could also produce one or two films using Andy’s The Imaginarium Studios.