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 12, 2011

Note from Moderator of Andy Whitfield's Unofficial Fan site:


Andy Whitfield, a man who touched many hearts with inspiration of his fight, on and off-screen. His onscreen role as Spartacus gave us a glimpse of who his character may have been. Warrior, man of ethics and morals…a family man. As for off-screen, we held our breath as we waited word about his return to acting, never doubting of that return. Little did we know that Andy had gracefully bowed out with dignity on September 11, 2011 while the world paid tribute to 9-11.
 

We look to others for strength and inspiration throughout our lives and Andy was our man. When they are gone from us we try to rationalize …understand why. I truly feel that Andy was at peace in his last moments and believe that he had graciously taken what life had given him and used it to the best of his ability. He would want others to live the same—with a hunger and zeal that never dies. Andy will forever stay in each and every heart. Remember to fight for what is right and love those who bless your life. Carry a pride and with valiance that no others can stamp out. Be righteous but forgiving ….be that warrior, no matter what battle is placed front of your path.

Again, I personally thank everyone one for the intercessory prayers that no doubt gave Andy  strength to finally find that peace.

Rest in Peace, my man, and most admired warrior! 

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29 comments:

  1. I just found out the sad news. My condolences to his family and all loved ones. May he rest in peace.

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  2. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  3. ciao andy...oggi sono molto triste..il cancro ti ha portato via da noi ee dalla tua famiglia ma non ti portera' mai via dai nostri cuori!!riposa in pace gladiatore

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  4. He was so amazing. Such a day day.

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  5. I am heartbroken - as an actor he was incredible, probably not really appreciated as much as he should have been....my sincere condolences to his wife and family.....

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  6. I have been crying on and off since hearing the unfortunate news, which is odd for me because I almost never actually cry when an actor dies but this has really hit me hard. I was really pulling for him to get better, I loved him in Spartacus and he had such a presence on film. He will be greatly missed :( I can only imagine what his loved ones must be going through, he was way too young to die. Rest in Peace you cute thing you :(

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  7. To Andy's family,
    May God shower you all with blessings of faith and understanding always. We will always remember Andy!
    Sincerely,
    The Steele family.

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  8. Such tragic news. Another beautiful light extinguished way before its time. Much love and stregnth to Andy's family and friends at what can only be described as a truly horrendous time. God speed Andy.
    Bev
    XXX

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  9. GO with god Andy..
    Rest in Peace..

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  10. may he be happy in his next incarnation. may his family's sorry be short.

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  11. Terrible loss. He seemed like a genuinely nice bloke offscreen, and his personality shone through his characters onscreen as well.

    My prayers go to Andy, may he find his path in the next life. And thoughts go to his family, it's terrible for them to lose him at such an early age.

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  12. I loved Andy in Spartacus and he was a brilliant actor.
    He has been taken too early at the age of 39 and my condolences go to his family at this very sad time.
    Andy was a true warrior in his personal life as well as on screen, but now it is his turn to rest.
    RIP Andy
    x

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  13. I love you Andy. I always look for news about how he's doing, if he's ever gonna come back to Spartacus. It breaks my heart to see that he has died...

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  14. Born 1974 he was actually only 37 years young, however his passion that was displayed for the world to see was breathtaking and will not be forgotten. Many of us who have never had the privelidge to have actually met Andy feel as if a family member has been lost. This is the impact that he has left, this is his legacy. When I picture Spatacus I see Andy Whitfield, this is how good he was and he will not soon be forgotten. My prayers

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  15. SHOCKED and HEARTBROKEN....

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  16. Some bright stars are just too bright for this world. They pass from us all too quickly. But for that brief time,he radiated, honor, fairness, and tolerance. He gave himself into his personna- Spartacus. It was there you saw the depth of his soul and the amount of love and undying spirit. I believe his spirt lives on. Our mortal world is saddened beyond belief but we are all better and more complete human beings for being given this rare and bright shining light to enter into our homes. Walk on young warrior..toward the alleusian fields and rest for all eternity. May you find the peace you so deserve.

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  17. May I say that when I first saw Spartacus Andy was a full drawn heart throb. This saga would not have been so popular if it hadn't been for him. Thank you Andy, and may God give you peace. You were taken from us at such a young age but we will always remember you.

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  18. Such sad news and too young to be taken from us - a vile and terrible illness. It makes you realise that no-one is immortal and that we should live life as if each day is our last. You never know what is round the corner.

    RIP Andy, at least you are no longer suffering. xx

    I believe this disease will be conquered one day. Best wishes to Andy's family, my thoughts are with you.

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  19. I HAVE ENJOYED WATCHING SPARTACUS AND WILL CONTINUE, I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED THE WAY ANDY CARRIED HIMSELF, I KNOW HE WAS PLAYING A CHARACTER BUT HE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WANTED TO BE LIKE HIM, THAT IS A MARK OF A GREAT ACTOR, MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY, HE APPEARED TO BE BE A REALLY COOL GUY ON INTERVIEWS AND SEEMED TO ENJOY HIMSELF, SADLY MISSED.
    OWEN GRIEVE (LOYAL FAN)

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  20. tu resteras toujours dans nos coeurs, au revoir Andy.
    Tu es le meilleur spartacus, courageux, fier jusqu'à la fin de la bataille
    condoléances à la famille
    une fan française

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  21. I salute thee Andy! Absolutely gutted... that you touched me is credit to the passion you had...
    Bravo!

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  22. Shocking and sad, my heart goes out to his wife and young children. Taken far too early. We will miss him and wish for his family strength in the days to come.

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  23. ONORE E GLORIA A TE ANDY.
    Rest in peace.

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  24. Sarai per sempre il nostro indistruttibile guerriero.
    Ciao Andy.
    Sabrina - Italia

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  25. Spartacus won't be the same without you. Rest in peace with the angels Andy, My thoughts go out to your wife and family. Such a brilliant actor xx

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  26. Rest in peace with the angels Andy. You were unique. Spartacus won't be the same without you. My thoughts go out to your family. Will miss you lots xx

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  27. I need to say this: I feel admiration for you that produced this blog, because this is a work of someone who fell in love with a glance, a smile, someone who realized that there is a nice person with a heart inside the actor.
    I relished every photo, every video, every information I could find here, because to learn more about this warrior who enchanted me I would look for until the end of the world, but you brought me what I needed. Thank you. It was an honor to share with you this admiration for Andy Whitfield.
    Please keep this blog online, even if the time reduces people's interest because it will always be a tribute to our gladiator.
    Thanks again.

    Morena
    São Paulo/Brasil

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  28. Thank you, Morena. I truly appreciate the honesty about Andy's blog and the prayers for Andy and his family.

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  29. This is such sad news.Heaven obviously needed him.He now is in paradise and he will shine down on us all.My thoughts and prayers are for his children and wife and that they can help and comfort each other through their pain.
    Andy you will be truly missed by your fans may you now rest and be at peace.

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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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