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.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Comic-Con interview: 'Spartacus' star Andy Whitfield speaks about his new 'fearlessness'

Andy Whitfield doesn't often look at "Spartacus" sites or message boards -- as is the case with many actors, he thinks reading the opinions of others can be a distraction.

But when he heard how thousands of fans were wishing him well as he fought cancer, he made an exception. In an interview conducted before the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday, he talking about reading the fans' messages of support.

"I was literally blown away," he said.

The outpouring of good will and the stories that other survivors shared online really did help him during a dark time, he said: "It really made a difference."

In the three interview clips below, he talks about what his character will be doing in the 6-episode prequel that airs early next year on Starz, and and he also talks about the show's second season. He said his character will be "bookending" the prequel: The Spartacus that we saw at the end of Season 1 will appear in the first and last episodes and will act as a bridge to the events depicted in those episodes, which are set about five years earlier and take place in Batiatus' ludus.

As for Whitfield's health, he's feeling fine. "I forget that I had cancer," he said. He's begun working out again in preparation for filming his prequel scenes in October (the rest of the prequel cast starts work in a week or so).

When he does return to work on "Spartacus," it will be with a new sense of energy and commitment, the actor said.

"I was forced to sit still," Whitfield said of his battle with cancer, which gave him "a chance to let go of things that don't necessarily serve you."

"I'm experiencing a fearlessness I never had before," he said. "And I just can't wait to see how that translates to work. You know, I could get there before, but now I think it's going to be more accessible…. It just makes you connect more and be more present, and that's kind of what acting's all about."

There are three interview clips with Whitfield below; the first two are from a one-on-one interview that took place before the "Spartacus" panel. The third is from a group discussion with the actor in the Comic-Con press room.

In these clips, he talks about Spartacus as "a beast of emotion," as a reluctant leader, the show's distinctive dialogue and the strict training and diet regimen he has to follow when he's shooting (the motivations there are "half fear, half vanity," he said with a laugh).

Before the clips, I've posted the audio of the entire "Spartacus" panel, which featured Whitfield, executive producer Steven S. DeKnight, John Hannah, Lucy Lawless and Viva Bianco.

The audio and video clips below assume that you have seen the first season of "Spartacus." Enjoy!

Spartacus Comic-Con panel

Andy Whitfield interview, Part 1

Andy Whitfield interview, Part 2

Andy Whitfield interview, Part 3

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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