Forbidden Planet is delighted to announce a signing by Andy Serkis to promote his book Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic. He will be at the new Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2 H 8JR, on Thursday 18th December from 6pm.

In this remarkable book, the actor who plays Gollum relates how he and a team of animators brought to life one of the screen’s most psychologically complex, physically demanding and technically challenging characters. A milestone in filmmaking history, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers saw an actor’s performance seamlessly integrated with digital animation to create the very first totally lifelike animated character. Telling his own story, Andy explains how a three-week voiceover commission became a four-year commitment to breathe life and soul into the most fascinating character of all.

Andy was born in West London and grew up wanting to be a graphic artist. He studied visual arts at Lancaster University, where he became heavily involved in theatre studies. After performing in Barrie Keefe’s play Gotcha, he decided he wanted to become an actor. An auspicious stage career grew into film and television and in 1999, he was offered the role of Gollum.

Andy will be signing at the new Forbidden Planet Megastore. Offering a 10,000 square foot of floorspace and over a mile of shelving holding 25,000 products, this store will continue the Forbidden Planet tradition of hosting appearances by the greatest names in science fiction and fantasy. Previous appearances have included Christopher Lee, Ray Harryhausen, Douglas Adams, Anne McCaffrey, Iain Banks, Larry Niven, Clive Barker, Frank Herbert, Stephen King, William Gibson, and H. R. Giger.