‘Gollum’ actor Andy Serkis to narrate ‘The Hobbit’ live for free

A Middle Earth adventure awaits – in a live streaming, Andy Serkis will be holding a 12-hour armchair reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel to raise money for charities.

MANILA, Philippines – English actor Andy Serkis announced on Twitter that he will be doing a live armchair reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit for free starting Friday, May 8, 10 am BST (5 am ET).


Serkis, the motion capture actor behind The Lord of The Rings character Gollum, will be streaming the 12-hour narration (with only bathroom breaks in between) to raise money for two charities: Best Beginnings, which supports children; and NHS Charities Together, which helps raise funds for hospitals around the UK.

Serkis, 56, has set a target sum of £100,000 ($123,000). Viewers can donate via a GoFundMe page.



Serkis is also known for his other motion capture Hollywood roles – he played lead ape Ceasar in The Planet of the Apes franchise and Snoke in the Star Wars films. 

Serkis’ live reading initiative comes a few days after author JK Rowling announced that celebrities would be reading out loud the first Harry Potter for free on Spotify. – Rappler.com