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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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A final note from the moderator of “Andy Whitfield’s Unofficial Fan Site”


Hello Fans, Friends and family of Andy,

Well this will likely be my final post for “Andy Whitfield’s Unofficial Fan Site” but I won’t make that a for-sure. If I come across another smiling, determined and spirited image of our boy then, yes, I’m definitely posting as long as God blesses me with the task.

I briefly want to tell how Andy has personally touched my life. There are but a handful of individuals I have never met but have impacted my life in some odd way. Even if Andy is gone from this realm and onto another, to me he will always symbolize courage, honor, integrity and pain—wrapped in portrayed theatrical roles, family and a real life. He’s given me a faith to trust, reverence and never doubt because in the end—no matter who or what we believe in—it will be revealed in that final breathe. Focus on life and what is most important. Live simple, but fun-loving. 

He taught me that no matter when our time comes to be received in that greater place--where peace and love has no face but a aura of each soul burning with a brightness that never dies—it will not be feared if our focus is in a greater being---as one takes that step to a much greater plateau, let go with little regret, grace and dignity of who we are whenever called.

God Bless,
Carol Gambill

P.S. Don't worry, I will always re-post tributes left here for Andy of his Tribute Page.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The wife of Spartacus star Andy Whitfield recalls his last words

“The wife of actor Andy Whitfield has recalled the Spartacus star's final words to his kids: "I am going to go to sleep now as my body won't work any more. I am like a butterfly with broken wings."
 
 "(Andy) also made emotional deathbed promise to his young family, telling his children Jesse Red, 6, and Indigo Sky, 4, "I will always be with you and will always be watching over you. I love you."

“Vashti added it is important to always have hope if you have a family member with cancer: "Accept the diagnosis not the prognosis. There are millions of people out there who overcome this. And always try to do normal special things, like seeing a great film and spending time together."






Saturday, September 17, 2011

New photos to Andy's Blogsite








Also see Andy's new page of "Andy Whitfield's - Family and friends"

Various tribute links

Andy Whitfield - Andy Whitfield Tribute Printed In Trade Paper



Starz Remembers The Soul Of A Champion: Andy Whitfield, Internationally Beloved Star Of “Spartacus: Blood And Sand”


Andy Whitfield tribute: Starz Remembers the Soul of a Champion



Starz Remembers The Soul Of A Champion: Andy Whitfield, Internationally Beloved Star Of “Spartacus: Blood And Sand”


TVLine Items: Starz Pays Tribute to Spartacus' Andy Whitfield, MIOBI Star to Ringer and More


Starz To Air 'Spartacus' Marathon As Andy Whitfield Tribute

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Andy Whitfield is Called a Champion by Lucy Lawless


“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield…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. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.” Lucy was a co-star and was visibly upset.  The late star was referred to as a gentleman who never said a bad word about anyone. He was also a gifted photographer. The late actor is survived by two children."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Leave a comment after this post to tribute Andy

Thank you for all the continued prayers for Andy and his family...
 

Leave a comment after this post and I'll make sure it gets on "Andy Whitfield - Leave a comment for Andy" page. ~Moderator of AW Blogsite

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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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Andy Whitfield - Peacefully Surrounded by Love


"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."

Read more:
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2011/09/12/2011-09-12_andy_whitfield_who_played_title_role_in_starzs_series_spartacus_dead_of_cancer_a.htmll#ixzz1XjnKMOgP


"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."

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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