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, January 26, 2011

'Spartacus' Prequel Debuts to Big Numbers on Starz
The Flickcast
by Chris Ullrich, Jan 25 2011 // 8:00 AM Even though the show just wasn't the same without Andy Whitfield as Spartacus (although he did make a small cameo) ...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Andy Whitfield Attacking Cancer like a True Champion

Spartacus Gods of the Arena Premiere

Many watched the 'Spartacus Gods of the Arena' premiere with engaging anticipation and for most there was a void of Andy being absent from it. 

Andy stay strong, remain determined and know that many prayers are with you.

Friday, January 21, 2011

It can be strange how we go through our lives in rush-fervent mode and never look around to who or what is around us.

Breath, we sometimes tell ourselves. Enjoy this very moment and smile.

So we do, feeling better. A little lighter and carry on with our day

A favorite saying, "Love when hated, laugh when crying and try not to take this life too seriously or you'll scream" ~me.


Remember our journey as an adventurous one. A moment in time when we slow our hurry, breath deeply, love, laugh and in life, remain truly triumphant.

"Spartacus" creator: Andy Whitfield fighting disease "like a true champion" | AHN

"Spartacus" creator: Andy Whitfield fighting disease "like a true champion" | AHN

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spartacus' exec drops season two hints

Wednesday, January 19 2011, 7:16am EDT
By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter
Spartacus: Blood And Sand
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Spartacus: Blood and Sand creator Steven S. DeKnight has dropped hints about the show's second season.

He told TV Guide that the new thirteen-part run will be "a hell of a ride".

"The only juice I'll give you is that it's extra sweet," he teased. "We're actually about halfway through figuring out [the season]."

DeKnight added that he will be "deeply saddened" to enter production on the season without original star Andy Whitfield.

"He was a huge part of the show's success," he said. "We wish him the best and a speedy recovery."

He further explained that Whitfield's replacement Liam McIntyre had been found after "an exhaustive search".

"[We needed] somebody not to replace Andy but to step into the role of Spartacus," he explained. "We feel very fortunate that we were able to find Liam, who we felt really embodied everything we were looking for in the character looking forward."

Production on the next season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand is expected to begin this spring.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Spartacus' Andy Whitfield Attacking Cancer "Like a True Champion" (TV Guide)

Hanh Nguyen
Jan 18, 2011 07:10 PM ET
by Hanh Nguyen

Spartacus: Blood and Sand creator Steven. S. DeKnight wants Andy Whitfield's fans to know the actor is actively fighting the disease.

"Andy of course is being very private about his condition and what he's going through with his family," DeKnight said Tuesday to discuss the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. "It's been a little while, but the last thing I heard was that he was attacking it like a true champion. I have the utmost faith that he will pull through with flying colors."

The 36-year-old Whitfield has been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, forcing him to drop out of the Starz series in September. Liam McIntyre was recently announced as Whitfield's replacement as the titular gladiator.

Liam McIntyre replaces Andy Whitfield in Spartacus

"We're all just praying for him," Manu Bennett, who plays fellow gladiator Crixus, said. "When the cancer has moved on as it has, it's a bigger battle for him. I can't tell you how deeply saddened it has been for all of us to know that our friend, our colleague, our inspiration has been given such a challenge. It's going to be a longer period of time before any of us know what is going to be the result with Andy right now. All communications would indicate that he's in very high spirits and that he's fighting this thing with as much strength as he fought [with] on the show."

In the meantime, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena will premiere the first of six episodes Friday at 10/9c. The series focuses on Batiatus (John Hannah) before his ludus becomes a contender in the gladiator tournaments and Crixus before he becomes a fighting champion.

Catch up on today's latest news

In the spring, production will begin on the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

"The only juice I'll give you is that it's extra sweet," DeKnight said. "Season 2 is shaping up to be a hell of a ride. We're actually about halfway through figuring [it] out. We're obviously deeply saddened that Andy couldn't continue with us. He was a huge part of the show's success. We wish him the best and a speedy recovery."

As for Whitfield's replacement, DeKnight said they did " an exhaustive search to find somebody not to replace Andy but to step into the role of Spartacus. We feel very fortunate that we were able to find Liam, who we felt really embodied everything we were looking for in the character looking forward."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Andy expected to make brief cameo as Spartacus

By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
updated 1/16/2011 3:27:45 PM ET

"Although Andy Whitfield had to step out of Starz's Spartacus series while he fights non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the show lives on through a new miniseries, a prequel to "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." The new show, "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," stars Aussie actor Dustin Clare as a champion gladiator. Whitfield is expected to make a brief cameo as Spartacus. (Jan. 21, 10 p.m., Starz.)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cheering you on for Ultimate Victory

As most know, Andy will be replaced. It pained me to post this article link about recasting for his replacement. Like others have mentioned, Andy can never be replaced in the role of Spartacus.

Andy is a fire that burns deep in every heart and now that he travails with his real-life battle of cancer, he is showing us the true fighter he is, no different from his role as Spartacus.

I have said this before and will continue to reiterate...NEVER give up the battle, Andy, and our prayers will incessantly go out for you and your family. Stay strong. We will remain in the stands of that arena cheering you on for that ultimate victory!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Nice Article

Here is a nice article...

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