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.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Andy Whitfield



Andy Whitfield

September 7, 2010 by Maura Reilly
Filed under Actors 2Watch4, Featured

Behold Andy Whitfield, the bringer of rain! I‘m guessing those of you who don’t watch “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” are a little confused at that vague yet at the same time, cool reference. I’m hoping by the time you finish learning all there is to know about Andy, star of the ultra-violent, ultra-sexy swords and sandals cable series, you’ll be singing his praises as well.

Andy grew up in Wales, was living in London and was doing pretty much anything but acting. In fact he was an inspector for an engineering consultancy, climbing up buildings and such. It occurred to him one day that you don’t necessarily have to have a career in what you studied in school (Sheffield University by the way). So he relocated to Sydney, took some acting classes, got the odd role here and there on TV (shows like “McLeod’s Daughters” and “The Strip”), a couple features (Gabriel and the as yet unreleased The Clinic with “Legend of the Seeker’s” Tabrett Bethell) and started making a name for himself in the Australian entertainment industry.

How does a Welsh lad living in Australia end up on a TV show shot in New Zealand? (Practice, practice, practice, right?) Here is where show creator Steven S. DeKnight enters the picture. He and the two producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi (the duo responsible for the New Zealand shot “Legend of the Seeker”, “Xena” and “Hercules” series) were looking for an unknown to play the title character in a new groundbreaking series about a legendary figure in ancient Rome. The actor would have to have a physical and emotional command that was believable and undeniable. And he would have to be able to hold his own on screen with the likes of John Hannah and Lucy Lawless. Andy walked into the audition and right into the role. So a guy who was just beginning a career as an actor landed the role of a lifetime – one that would catapult him into international stardom.

Now in case you’ve been living in a cave for the last year there’s a couple of things I should point out. “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is a daring series populated by muscular gentleman and boasts male full-frontal nudity. Yes, you read that right – male full-frontal nudity! And besides that, it’s a pretty awesome story. You’ll never look at John Hannah the same way again. Trust me. The second thing you might not know is that just as shooting for Season one came to an end Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Production for Season two was put on hold while Andy underwent successful treatment. One of the benefits of an increased profile is you get support from people you never expected to come in contact with. On July 20th Andy posted a personal note of heartfelt thanks to all the fans (http://community.starz.com/t5/Spartacus/A-Personal-Post-from-Andy-Whitfield/m-p/54949#M48368) who offered support and prayers to him through his recovery. At the 2010 International Comic-Con panel for “Spartacus” Andy announced that the doctors gave him a clean bill of health and he is ready to resume training and get back to work.

Normally we’re mostly about how attractive our Actors2Watch4 are but there’s something to be said about a person who faces the challenge of a disease like cancer with grace and dignity. That makes you a hero of a different kind and worthy of a song of praise. Don’t you think?

6 comments:

  1. I hope you get better Andy! No one can replace you in the show, if they decide to replace you im pretty sure all the viewers that you have gained will boycott the show!! I kno i will. Its not spartacus without Andy Whitfield.

    You beat cancer once you can do it again, focus on your strength and on getting better.

    We look forward to seeing you in spartacus once again, and in many more movies and episodes to come! Get well soon! We all love you for what you have brought to the screen :)

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  2. I know that he can't be in season 2, but I hope he'll be well recovered by season 3 and take back his role of Spartacus. I love this show to death but I know it is going to be terribly difficult to enjoy it without Andy. There is no other Spartacus but you Andy! Love you and hope you get better soon!

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  3. I have a question, what was Andy's middle name? I heard it was Edward and was his full name Andrew?? Thanks! I appreciate it...Patti

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  4. Please could you amend the following details on your web-site as this is quite up=setting a lot of fans:-

    Andy's birthday is 17th October 1971

    Andy was married only once to Vashti Whitfield (Oct 2001 - Sept 2011)

    This information was posted by Vashti herself on her twitter https://twitter.com/#!/maybemcqueen about the 6th of June.

    Many thanks - we look forward to seeing the details changed.

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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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Whitfield

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


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