Best Andy Serkis performances

Marvel Studios

Before he became the motion-capture king behind King Kong, Gollum and Caesar the ape, Andy Serkis was an Emmy and BAFTA-nominated character actor. Here's some of his best non-digital work.

Smeagol - 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (2003)

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New Line

Serkis's performance as Gollum is so impressive, it's easy to forget he briefly appears as the rather Hobbit-like Sméagol before the Ring gave him "unnatural long life." As Sméagol he goes in an instant from a fairly amiable fisherman (although the way he baits that worm is a bit off) to a murderer when his cousin finds the Ring while fishing.

Mr. Alley - 'The Prestige' (2006)

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Warner Bros./Disney

Serkis unveils a flawless American accent (and a wink of mischief) as Nikola Tesla (David Bowie)'s assistant in Christopher Nolan's grim drama about rival magicians.

The Prestige

"Are You Watching Closely?"
PG-132 hr 10 minOct 19th, 2006
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Lumpy - 'King Kong' (2005)

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Universal Pictures

Not only did Serkis perform the part of Kong in Peter Jackson's epic, he also played doomed cook Lumpy, who is attacked and eaten by giant worms. Would have been smarter if he hadn't wasted all his ammo on harmless (but giant) insects.

King Kong

"The eighth wonder of the world."
PG-133 hr 7 minDec 5th, 2005

William Hare - 'Burke & Hare' (2010)

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IFC Films

If anyone can make grave-robbing and trading in corpses funny, it's Serkis, Simon Pegg and John Landis.

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Burke Hare

"No Job Too Small No Body Too Big No Questions Asked"
R1 hr 31 minAug 5th, 2011

Richard Kneeland - '13 Going on 30' (2004)

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Columbia Pictures

When Jenna (Jennifer Garner) busts out with "Thriller," everyone is reluctant to join in. But soon, even her too-cool boss (Serkis) is on the dance floor. And who's the only one moonwalking? That's right, Andy Serkis.

13 Going on 30

"For some, 13 feels like it was just yesterday. For Jenna, it was."
PG-131 hr 38 minApr 13th, 2004
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John D'Auban - 'Topsy-Turvy' (1999)

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Pathé Distribution

Serkis steals the show as the disapproving choreographer of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, "The Mikado." He takes issue with all of Gilbert (Jim Broadbent)'s directions to the cast, muttering. "I haven't laughed so much since my tights caught fire in 'Harlequin Meets Itchity Witch and the Snitch.’”



"Gilbert & Sullivan & So Much More"
R2 hr 40 minDec 15th, 1999

Colleoni - 'Brighton Rock' (2010)

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Optimum Releasing

Serkis is a smooth, well-connected gangster facing off with a teenage upstart (Sam Riley) in this adaptation of the Graham Greene novel.

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Brighton Rock

"Love Murder Revenge"
Not Yet Rated1 hr 51 min

Capricorn - 'Inkheart' (2008)

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New Line Cinema

If you're a British character actor, you're going to play more than your share of villains, including this heartless, rather campy bad guy who just loves duct tape.



"Every story ever written is just waiting to become real."
PG1 hr 46 minDec 17th, 2008
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Martin Hannett - '24 Hour Party People' (2002)

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United Artists

In this look back at the Manchester music scene that gave rise to bands like Joy Division, Serkis is the world's most demanding sound engineer. He demands that the band's drummer play "faster, but slower." He's not satisfied until the drum kit is rebuilt ... on the roof of the studio.

24 Hour Party People

24 Hour Party People

"Share the Ecstacy!"
R1 hr 57 minFeb 13th, 2002
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Bill Sikes - 'Oliver Twist' (1999)

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Taking on one of literature's most notorious villains, Serkis steps into the nefarious character's shoes with visible delight.

Ulysses Klaue - 'Black Panther' (2018)

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He first appeared in the Marvel movie "Age of Ultron," but this one-armed South African mercenary is one of the highlights of "Black Panther." Whether gleefully spilling all the tea about Wakanda or shooting up a casino, he's having the time of his rotten life.

Black Panther

"Long live the king."
PG-132 hr 15 minJan 29th, 2018
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Rigaud - 'Little Dorrit' (2008)

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Serkis received an Emmy nomination for his role as a Dickensian murderer with a multitude of aliases.

Ian Dury - 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' (2010)

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Lipsync Productions

In his first lead role, Serkis earned Best Actor nominations from BAFTA and the British Independent Film Awards for his audacious portrayal of the British punk/new wave musician. He even did his own vocals!

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Sex Drugs Rock Roll

"There are a couple of ways to avoid deathone is to be magnificent"
NR1 hr 55 minMay 5th, 2010

Watch Andy Serkis' latest movie as director 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' in theaters on Oct 1st, 2021.