7 December 2012 2:00 AM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

It's almost impossible to estimate the impact Gollum has had on Andy Serkis. Playing the wizened creature in Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning adaptation of Jrr Tolkien's fantasy The Lord of the Rings was more than just another role. "It changed the course of my career," Serkis admits. Before Gollum, he was a respected British actor, gaining good notices for Mike Leigh films like Career Girls and Topsy-Turvy. Then along came Jackson. "That was a gift that came my way," he adds, looking very natty today in a brown and yellow check waistcoat. "I happened to be in the right place at the right time." »

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