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Andy Serkis addresses "huge gulf" in acting world

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Serkis: "There's a huge gulf between people who can afford to go to drama school and those who can't"

Lord Of The Rings actor Andy Serkis says that actors who aren't well off will struggle to get their careers up and running.

The 49-year-old star, who played Gollum in Peter Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's fantasy epic, recently paid a visit to The Young Actors Theatre in north London, which he attended as a child, to speak about the growing divide in the acting world.

"There's a huge gulf between people who can afford to go to drama school and those who can't," Serkis said. "There are still people with working class backgrounds coming through [in the entertainment industry], but not necessarily in acting.

"Unless you're actively making films about the working class environment, then [the jobs are not going to] very talented kids who haven't necessarily had tertiary education or privately-funded education."

Serkis added: "It's not like in my day, when you could get a grant and go to university. Now students have to take out huge loans. That's something that has to be reversed. Britain has enormous amount of talent, as we've seen from the Baftas. It's all here and it has to be allowed to flourish."

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