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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Gollum / Smeagol with sound clips and images.
Smeagol was an ordinary Hobbit who came into possession of the One Ring and deteriorated into the being now known as Gollum (named after his habit of making a throaty swallowing noise on occasion). After losing the One Ring to Bilbo Baggins, he would pursue the One Ring for the rest of his unnaturally extended life. Smeagol and Gollum exist as two personalities in the same being and often quarrel with each other when they are alone.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Fri Jul 9 2010, 63 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to NCZ, DaveS for additional sound clips.
The Hobbit (1977)
Gollum / SmeagolBrother Theodore
Brother Theodore
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Gollum / SmeagolPeter Woodthorpe
Peter Woodthorpe
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Gollum / SmeagolAndy Serkis
Andy Serkis
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Video Game (2002)
Gollum / SmeagolQuinton Flynn
Quinton Flynn
The Hobbit (2003)
Gollum / SmeagolDaran Norris
Daran Norris
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014)
Gollum / SmeagolLiam O'Brien
Liam O'Brien
The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring (2003)
GollumDave Wittenberg
Dave Wittenberg


Brother Theodore's rendition is very convincing, not to mention fun to listen to.

Peter Woodthrope's acting is pretty solid, but his voice lacks the creaturesque quality that makes the character.

Andy Serkis does a good job at making Gollum sound vicious and ill-tempered and Smeagol sound pitiful and benign, but what is more impressive is that both voices never sound like they're coming from completely different people, which captures the duality of the character nicely.

Quinton Flynn sounds like he has potential, but he has too minor of a role to really show the audience what he can do.

Daran Norris, while having the voice down-pat, isn't quite strong enough ("My riiing" is particularly weak).

In the end, I'm going with Serkis, with Brother Theodore a close second.


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said at 10:14 AM on Mon Apr 27 2015
1) Peter Woodthorpe
2) Wolfe Morris (1968 The Hobbit radio drama)
3) Brother Theodore
4) Andy Serkis
5) Liam O'Brien
6) Daran Norris
7) Dave Wittenberg
8) Quinton Flynn
9) Gail Chugg (1979 Mind's Eye radio dramas)
said at 6:11 AM on Wed Dec 24 2014
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Charlie Adler a Gollum!
said at 6:15 AM on Wed Dec 24 2014
@Zillah *as* Gollum
said at 9:21 AM on Tue Dec 23 2014
I'm guessing Troy Baker could make a good Gollum using his Skrull Interrogator voice from Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes?
said at 11:02 PM on Tue Jan 6 2015
@Internetboy From the episode Prisoner of War
said at 6:13 PM on Sat Dec 20 2014
I'm surprised, I didn't know the voice of Kakashi and Gaara voiced Gollum o.o i'm voting for Andy Serkis because in the trilogy it's for sure his best, they really brought out Gollum as a devious creature. But i'm going to give Liam O'Brien a lot of credit as well, he did a VERY good job voicing Gollum
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:45 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014
Kakashi, Gaara and Iruka
said at 10:09 AM on Sat Dec 6 2014
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1. Andy Serkis
2. Liam O'Brien
3. Brother Theodore
4. Dave Wittenberg
5. Daran Norris
6. Quinton Flynn
7. Peter Woodthorpe
said at 2:43 AM on Wed Nov 26 2014
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Man, could be a three way between Serkis, O'Brian and Wittenberg for me.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:24 PM on Tue Nov 25 2014
Dave Wittenberg is also really good.
said at 4:59 PM on Sat Nov 8 2014
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Holy crap, Liam is perfect! It's hard to choose between Serkis, Theodore, and him!
said at 11:21 PM on Fri Oct 31 2014
Liam is by far the Troy Baker's Joker to Andy Serkis's Mark Hamill Joker.

And while there are spots that sounds a tad americanized Liam does solid job capturing Andy Serkis as Gollum for the most part.
said at 5:00 PM on Sat Nov 8 2014
@Troodon2 That's the best way of putting it.
said at 5:16 PM on Fri Oct 31 2014
Liam's Gollum is outstanding, he could stand in for Andy Serkis amazingly well. You couldn't tell the difference between the two.
Lion's Edge
said at 6:10 AM on Sat Oct 18 2014
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...holy heck, Liam... is that seriously Liam O'Brien?
said at 6:26 PM on Fri Oct 17 2014
Liam sounds exactly like Serkis. I'm impressed
said at 7:52 AM on Fri Oct 3 2014
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It now seems Andy Serkis who's the voice for Smeagol/Gollum is again in first place this time with 86.6% (71 votes) which has pleased me very greatly yet again!
said at 7:49 AM on Fri Oct 3 2014
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I think Scott McNeil would do a great voice for Gollum/Smeaton, but Andy Serbis would always be my favourite actor to voice Gollum/Smeagol in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002 & 2003) as I'm pleased Andy's in first place with 86.4% (70 votes).
Polyester Funk
said at 11:17 PM on Fri Oct 3 2014
@Jegsworthy_444 Scott McNeil would be a really good choice for Gollum.
said at 7:19 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
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Uhhh yeah what they said.
I'm impressed, Liam.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:30 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
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I think it's obvious that Andy snuck into the recording booth and was using Liam as a meat-puppet because HOT DANG!
said at 10:50 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
@TylerMirage Insert LOOKS LIKE MEAT'S BACK ON THE MENU BOYS joke here.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:48 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
@TylerMirage That's funny and also rather frightening to think about.
said at 10:38 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
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Liam O'Brien's Gollum is spot-on. Most Serkis impressions I've heard sound more like an evil version of Stitch rather than Gollum, but Liam's impression is so thorough and natural that it's identical to the original. I need to play this game eventually and see more of his performance.

At the moment, I'm having a hard time deciding who I like better between Andy Serkis and Brother Theodore.
said at 8:35 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
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Wow Liam is doing a great at voicing Gollum.

It's neck & neck between him and Andy for me I think.

Though I think my vote will stay with Andy since he made Gollum as we know him but it's still tough to call.
said at 6:40 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
Andy of course, but Liam is a dang good replacement. A lot of actors can imitate Gollum, but Liam seems to capture a lot of the subtle things Andy had that others couldn't quite get. I love in the game when Gollum starts singing to himself, and it was that moment when I realized that Liam was doing more than a Serkis impression, he was doing the performance just as great.
said at 2:49 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
Wooooooah! Another reason why Liam is one of my favourite voice actors working today! Stellar work as Gollum! In fact the only reason I'm putting him behind Serkis is because it was, sadly, just an impersonation and it didn't feel like he made it his own take.

1. Andy
1.5. Liam
2. Brother
3. Daran
4. Peter & Quinton
Polyester Funk
said at 11:25 PM on Wed Oct 1 2014
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Have to give this one to Andy Serkis. He was so creepy and deranged in that part. And he pulled off the "sweeter" Smeagol aspect of the character very nicely, too.

Brother Theodore is also very good. A properly deranged voice. Gollum doesn't look all that frightening in that film, but that voice is.

Quinton Flynn is too brief to really judge and Daran Norris is too deep.

Man, Liam O'Brien sounds almost exactly like Andy! If I didn't know I'd probably think it was Andy again.
said at 3:48 PM on Wed Oct 1 2014
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I heard Liam do his Gollum before on his podcast, so I knew he would be great in the role.

Serkis is still #1, though.
said at 3:20 PM on Wed Oct 1 2014
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Holy friggin crap. Liam does one mean Serkis imitation.
said at 10:05 AM on Thu Sep 25 2014
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The only reason I haven't voted yet is because I can never fully decide between Andy Serkis and Brother Theodore.
said at 10:42 AM on Tue Jul 29 2014
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Andy Serkis is Hands Down the best as Gollum.

Brother Theodore is 2nd while Daran is 3rd.

Quinton only had a line or 2 so it was too brief to be considered better than the others.

Peter was just using a normal voice making his performance weak.
said at 3:39 PM on Tue Dec 30 2014
@Ross123 You should hear Peter Woodthorpe in the radio drama. He was quite awesome in that one.

Just listen to this:
said at 1:42 PM on Thu Jan 1 2015
@Starscreamsfan Wow, just wow. I'm quite surprised I enjoyed that actually.

Mainly because Peter makes Gollum sound a bit like a creepy old man (well that's what I thought of it anyway) and it was somehow rather fitting.
said at 10:34 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Ross123 Yes, he dotes an awesome job as Gollum.

Both the Bakshi film and the radio drama have the best casting choices of all LOTR adaptations, IMHO.

The 1981 drama has two actors from the Bakshi films: Peter Woodthorpe (Gollum) and Michael Graham Cox (Boromir).

The radio drama also features a casting choice that most live-action LOTR fans like you will find ironic and interesting: Ian Holm as Frodo.
said at 10:35 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Ross123 Yes, he dotes an awesome job as Gollum.

Both the Bakshi film and the radio drama have the best casting choices of all LOTR adaptations, IMHO.

The 1981 drama has two actors from the Bakshi films: Peter Woodthorpe (Gollum) and Michael Graham Cox (Boromir).

The radio drama also features a casting choice that most live-action LOTR fans like you will find ironic and interesting: Ian Holm as Frodo.
said at 10:40 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan Got posted twice, and I meant does, not dotes
said at 11:43 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan Yeah Peter was much better in the radio drama.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:15 PM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan Peter does sound better there. He sounds more deranged, which is certainly fitting.
said at 7:06 AM on Sun Jan 4 2015
@Polyester Funk My favorite part is when Bilbo remembers his encounter with Gollum. Woodthorpe was quite funny when the memory begins and when he tries to guess the answer of the riddle, but quite desperate and insane when he finds out the ring is gone:

The memory begins at 3:04 in this clip.
said at 12:53 PM on Thu Jan 8 2015
@Starscreamsfan I've been quite busy lately but when I get the chance, I'll check out the radio drama.

Also, Ian Holm as Frodo. Now that I so have to hear.
said at 12:34 AM on Sun Jun 29 2014
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There's actually a point in the FOTR game where Gollum has a conversation with Aragorn and gives him a swordfish (!?!?!) to use as a weapon. No, I'm not making this up.

It's pretty secret, but it happens during the Amon Hen level. I know it's for real and gone through and done it several times, but I unfortunately don't have the proper equipment to record it, let alone put it on this site.

Maybe someone else with more time on their hands could track this secret down with the intent of recording it? Because just using his one line from the opening video just seems wrong.
said at 3:18 AM on Mon Apr 21 2014
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Dee Bradley Baker as Gollum, if he used his Larfleeze voice in a higher pitch.
said at 3:27 AM on Mon Apr 21 2014
Number 1: Andy Serkis - This is Gollum! nuff said.
Number 2: Brother Theodore - Good voice and acting, closer to how I imagine Gollum would sound like.
Number 3: Daran Norris - Good voice, good acting.
Number 4: Quinton Flynn - The clip is too short, I can't judge it properly.
Number 5: Peter Woodthorpe - Easily forgettable, sounds too normal.
said at 5:51 AM on Sat Jan 18 2014
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Andy Serkis : For me, he nailed the role, he IS Gollum/Smeagol.

Brother Theodore : A good performance, really creepy, despite the appearance of Gollum in this cartoon, he looks like a big frog.

Quiton Flynn : Too short, I can't juge his performance.

Daran Norris : He's fine but a little too deep.

Peter Woodthorpe : His acting is fine but he sounds too......I don't know. Normal ? And kinda forgettable.
said at 12:59 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014

Dave Wittenberg is honest in my opinion.

By the way, I heard Peter Woodthorpe in the BBC radio and he did better than his performance in the Baski movie
said at 1:24 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014

And Liam O'Brien is really good, of course.
said at 1:19 PM on Tue Dec 23 2014
@Bartimaeus After listening to Peter in that video, he sounds an awful lot like Charlie Adler there.
said at 2:43 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
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I think Steve Blum would make a pretty good Gollum/Smeagol.
said at 9:21 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Using an evil, deranged version of his Guilmon/Blunk voice. I've actually imagined that for a long time.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 6:30 PM on Tue Dec 17 2013
said at 4:50 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
Andy Serkis first, Brother Theodore second & Quinton Flynn third.
said at 1:49 AM on Wed Oct 3 2012
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Andy, naturally. He's Gollum in the flesh. But Brother Theodore is delightfully insane, and Daran comes in third I think.
said at 11:19 PM on Thu Mar 28 2013
I doubtfully agree.
said at 5:04 AM on Sun Jan 1 2012
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Andy, hands down.
Blue Paratroopa
said at 1:19 AM on Mon Aug 15 2011
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I agree with the editor---Brother Theodore was wonderfully scary, but Andy was the best Gollum/Smeagle.
said at 6:08 PM on Mon Mar 28 2011
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@Meagol: Theodore overacted too though. Just listen to the "THIEF! BAGGINS!" again. Gollum is insane; going over-the-top sometimes is required.

I agree with the editor's opinion. Both Andy Serkis and Brother Theodore were perfect in the role. Flynn and Norris just couldn't pull it off and Peter Woodthorpe sounds like a member of the Beatles.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:00 PM on Fri Jul 9 2010
I agree with Peter being the worst and to me Daran's take is too deep of a voice. Its a toss up for me between Brother Theodore and Andy but I am voting for Andy.
said at 11:08 AM on Thu Apr 30 2015
@OptimusSolo If you think Peter is bad, PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!!!!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:58 PM on Fri Jul 9 2010
Very unique voice compare here CatsTuxedo! Nice Job!

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Who do you think has been the best from these Gollum / Smeagol voice actors?
Brother Theodore
Peter Woodthorpe
Andy Serkis
Quinton Flynn
Daran Norris
Liam O'Brien
Dave Wittenberg