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, February 29, 2012

Changed Outlook - emailed into Andy Whitfield's Unofficial Fan Site

Thank you, Melaney, for your thoughtful email below and it is a viewpoint that many share!


I just wanted to thank you for building and maintaining a website for Andy Whitfield. Honestly, I did not know who this man was. I had watched (2) episodes of Spartacus in January and was immediately drawn to him. I found out later that month that he had died back in September. For some reason that I cannot explain, I have been deeply impacted by his death, so much so, that I have made significant changes in my life. I have never been affected by a person (living or dead) before like this…. I appreciate all of the information that you have posted. If you ever find more information on him and his family or put a book together about him, please keep me posted. I would love to know what he was like as a child, a young man and what his life was like both in Wales and Australia. Again, this is very out of character for me but I think about him every day and cannot imagine what his wife and children are going through – he was a very special man who greatly impacted many. He is truly a guardian angel, and continues to make his presence known.

Thanks for listening

Melaney Bernhardt
Positive Life Health Coach

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New tribute pic from georgespigot

This is Andy Whitfield by whitfield2010

Very cheery! Thanks, whitfield2010!

This is Andy Whitfield by whitfield2010
"This is Andy Whitfield by whitfield2010

I made this fun and happy video of various pictures of one of my all time favorite actors, Andy Whitfield, when I found out he was in remission from non-hodgkins lymphoma. Sadly Andy passed away on Sept 11, 2011 and my heart was broken for losing an amazingly gifted and sweet actor as well as for his wife Vashti and their two beautiful children he left behind. Andy was a beacon of light in his portrayal of Spartacus and what he brought to that role will never be duplicated. He left an indelible mark on my heart and soul that I cannot even explain in simple words nor do I fully understand. I miss him dearly..a man I never met personally but would have loved to meet. Andy you left behind a legacy and a plethora of devoted fans. You truly became not only a champion on screen,but, a champion of our hearts. Rest in peace you dear sweet man. You were an angel on earth and now you are an angel in heaven."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

In Memoriam of Andy Whitfield, 1971-2011 - Message Board Comment at Starz

This was such a awesome comment from Philr1 from England just had to post it:
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Re: In Memoriam of Andy Whitfield, 1971-2011

I think if it wasn't for Andy, the Spartacus character would never be as sensitive and intelligent as he is now. From history we know Spartacus was a gladiator who killed his Roman master but little else.

To see Andy go from crying over his wife & Varro to that really mean face when he was angry was a blessing from the Gods!

I think Liam has done a good job so far taking over the Spartacus role. His voice in particular is really suited to the role but he will never be able to portray the same kind of character as Andy did. He was unique in being able to come across in so many different ways and excel in all of them.

To think he was only 39 when he left us, only 4 years older than me.

I think this is proof we should all make the best of our lives while we can just like Andy did.
Andy Whitfield - A brother to us all.

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