Leading actor is made an honorary doctor by a Lancashire university

World-renowned actor, director and producer, Andy Serkis has a new credit to add to this portfolio.

Monday, 22nd July 2019, 8:38 am
Updated Monday, 22nd July 2019, 9:38 am
Andy Serkis received his honorary doctorate of letters from Lancaster university VC Mark E Smith

He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Lancaster University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith when he took to the stage at this year's graduation ceremony.

Serkis, a former graduate of Lancaster, has taken leading roles in some of cinema’s biggest movie franchises.

A pioneer of performance capture, his roles as Gollum (Lord of the Rings), Supreme Leader Snoke (Star Wars) and Caesar (Planet of the Apes) are legendary.

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His first acting role was in Barrie Keefe’s Gotcha. As a member of The Dukes Theatre he took a lead role in their first Theatre-in-the-Park production in Lancaster.

He had successful stage career before movie stardom beckoned.

Most recently, the star taken to a career as a film director - serving as second unit director on The Hobbit franchise, and then his directorial debut Breathe, through his company, The Imaginarium.

Andy remains a leading innovator in CGI and performance capture, including through directing Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018).