Andy Whitfield's Biography

In July 17, 1971, Andy Whitfield was born in Amlwch, Wales. His parents Robert and Pat Whitfield then moved to Australia in 1999 with his sibling Laura.

Moved to Sydney, Australia after graduating the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England for Engineering.

He started acting and modeling while working as an engineer and building inspector for a consulting agency.

In 1999, Andy Whitfield married Terrica Smith-Whitfield and later to Vashti Whitfield. Andy
is father of two wonderful children: Jesse Red Whitfield, born 2005 and Indigo sky Whitfield, born 2007.

He attended Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

He has appeared in several Australian television series, such as Opening Up, All Saints, The Strip, Packed to the Rafters and McLeod's Daughters. He gained his first prominent role in the Australian supernatural film Gabriel.

Still working his day job as an engineer, he sought a part as a Roman gladiator in ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ and landed the lead role.

Whitfield starred in the 2010 television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which is filmed in New Zealand. He plays the part of Spartacus, a soldier condemned to fight as a gladiator and who ultimately leads a rebellion against the Romans.

Whitfield also appears in the upcoming Australian thriller The Clinic starring opposite Tabrett Bethell (of Legend of the Seeker fame), set for release in 2010, which was shot in Deniliquin.

In March 2010, Whitfield was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, beginning treatment immediately in New Zealand. This delayed production of season two of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Whitfield expects to return for a second season.

In June 2010 it was announced that Whitfield completely finished his treatment and was given a clean bill of health. Regretfully he was expected to be back on the set of Spartacus: Blood and Sand by October but a setback caused delay in filming.

September 2010, it was announced that Whitfield's cancer had returned and he would not be returning for the second season.

Approximately a year later on September 11, 2011 and unforgettably and sadly a day that was in tribute around the world for America’s 9/11, our warrior Andy lost his battle with Lymphoma.

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer," Whitfield's wife Vashti said in a statement. "He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield," Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement Sunday night. "We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in `Spartacus' and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life."

(Even though Andy's has gone from us, remember to continue supplication for Andy and his family.)

Noted, June 24th 2012: Information above has been gathered by internet sources only and any liability with its entirety is not my own.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

"Be Here Now" (The Andy Whitfield Story): Coming to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Spreading the word from The Be Here Now Team....

There will be two screenings with "Be Here Now" (The Andy Whitfield Story) at the following dates, times, and locations:

Thursday, February 4 at 11 am PST

Metro 4 Theatre
618 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101

Saturday, February 6 at 1:20 PM PST

Fiesta 5 Metropolitan Theaters
916 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101

To find out more, click here.

We will be sharing more information about the film's upcoming spring release very soon...we'll keep you updated as always here and please join us on Facebook and Twitter for news, updates and inspiration.

Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support, as always.

We look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"Be Here Now" (The Andy Whitfield Story) at the Hot Springs Doc Film Festival

"Be Here Now" (The Andy Whitfield Story) in the Southwest. We are honored to be selected as one of only 6 documentaries in competition at the oldest documentary film festival in the country, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
Come and join us. Sunday, October 11th at 5:15pm and Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5:50 pm.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Be Here Now Update #64 - in honor of Andy

Published on Sep 10, 2014
Update #64 for "Be Here Now" (The Andy Whitfield Story) in honor of Andy Whitfield, from Director, Lilibet Foster

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Manu Bennett talk about Andy Whitfield at @spartacus_starz premiere

Published on Jan 23, 2013
Pacific Rim Video Syndicate | Front Row Features Wire correspondent Chris Trondsen talks to Manu Bennett (Crixus) during the LA Premiere of "Spartacus: War of the Damned" held at the Regal Cinemas LA Live in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Video shot and produced by Peter Gonzaga.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Andy Whitfield Story: A Feature Documentary by Lilibet Foster

The Andy Whitfield Story 

A Feature Documentary by Lilibet Foster

An inspiring feature documentary and love story, about the overnight sensation, actor and international sex symbol, Andy Whitfield, who put the same determination and dedication that he brought to his lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” into fighting life-threatening cancer. 

Andy's Movie Poster - Gabriel

Andy's Movie Poster - Gabriel
"Many friends will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart" ~Unknown

"Friends, you and me. You brought another and then there were three. We started out group our circle of friends and like that circle there is no beginning or end." ~Unknown

Andy's Movie Posters

"To handle yourself use your head, with others use your heart" ~Unknown

Film and television credits

Year Title Role Notes
2004 All Saints (TV series) Matthew Parkes TV episode: "Opening Up"
2007 Gabriel (film) Gabriel Film (Australia)
2008 The Strip (Australian TV series) Charlie Palmer TV episodes
2008 Packed to the Rafters Nick Leigh TV episode: "All in the Planning"
2008 McLeod's Daughters Brett Samuels TV episode: "Nowhere to Hide"
2010 The Clinic Cameron Film
2009-2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Spartacus Regular; being replaced due to his cancer
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Spartacus TV prequel & spin-off;Guest star

Never accept defeat...

Gladiator's Oath