Hobbituary: Andy Serkis

Scott Harper chats to one of the finest screen actors of his generation, and discovers a font of humanity beneath the motion-capture suit.
  • fashion director Grace Gilfeather

  • by Scott Harper

  • photography Charlie Gray

Andy wears brown herringbone wool overcoat, Rubinacci; burgundy cashmere long sleeve polo shirt, Barbanera; navy wool trousers, Mr P. at Mr Porter; black leather Kentmere boot, Edward Green.

Don’t let that headline alarm you: there’s plenty of life left in Andy Serkis, a man who has spent the past two decades inadvertently redefining screen acting. Not that he’ll take any credit for doing so. “I think of myself as being like the lucky guy who gets to sit in a Formula One car and drive it while a million other people do all the work to get you into that seat,” Serkis tells The Rake, his trademark cheery modesty coming across loud and clear via Zoom.


Scott Harper


April 2022


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