Andy Whitfield Biography (1974-2011)

In 1974, 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 Vashti Whitfield and is the mother of two wonderful children.

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 with his treatment, has a clean bill of health and is expected to be back on the set of Spartacus: Blood and Sand by October.
s 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 Vashti Whitfield and is the mother of two wonderful children.

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 with his treatment, has a clean bill of health and is expected to be back on the set of Spartacus: Blood and Sand by October.

9 Comments

  1. madeleine

    August 19, 2011 at 5:41 am

    hell i hope he gets well soon

  2. Alphan Salim

    September 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Deep down my heart i feel sorry 4 da encountered loss of our best and ever smilling actor. My great concern and weakness goes 2 the family and relatives who am sure are having hard time right now,what i need 2 tell u is be strong coz everything hapen 4 a reason. R.I.P Andy Whitfield u will always be your idols,whe loved you but GOD loved you much.

  3. viviana

    September 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    querido Andy descansa en paz. me entristece enormemente que hayas perdido esta bat.alla. que dios te guarde  y de fuerzas a tu familia para sobrellevar este triste momento te tendre siempre presente en mi memoria

  4. Luna

    September 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

    God saw you getting tiredand a cure was not meant to be,So he put his arms around youand whispered “Come to Me”.With tearful eyes we watched you,as we saw you pass away.Although we loved you deeply,we could not make you stay.Your Golden Heart stopped beating,hard working hands at rest.God broke our hearts to prove to us,He only takes the best.May you RIP Andy.. U will never be forgotten.

  5. Bob Scheffler

    October 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Rest in Peace, your life was just beginning, the rest is yet to come. My regrets to all his family.

  6. Jennifer

    December 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Oh my god.  My husband forwarded me this with his birth and heartbreakingly, death date.  I don’t know how I never heard this wonderful man had passed away.  I feel so so sad now for him and his family as he was so young.  As a mother of two children it breaks my heart to think of his children missing their father.  Maudling, you may be thinking, but I am shocked and so very sad. May he rest in peace and his family have lots of fond memories..

  7. Karen Sorensen MD

    December 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    As a fan, I am saddened and dismayed at the loss of an exceptional person, actor and individual. As a pathologist trained in dealing with this particular disease I am really, really shocked that somone with the stage of his disease could have could have succumbed so quickly. It is usually diagnosed in an age population of a bit older men but does have a high cure rate especially if stem cell transplantation is done immediately. I don’t know what the particulars of his disease were but I have seen patients with much worse disease fare much better at medical centers in the US – just look at Jose Carreras. He went to the University of Washington for his treatment over fifteen years ago and is still disease free and going like gang busters. There are a lot of grey areas but I do not think that the best places for treatment happen to be down under. He will be deeply, deeply missed and no matter who they get, they will never, ever be able to take his place of honor at the ludus in Capua. He will never be able to be championed in my opinion.

  8. Tonya Ebert

    January 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    The first time I saw him I was blown away by his looks and those blue eyes, thinking how very proud of him his parents must be to have such a attractive and successful son as he. To hear of his death was such a shock I cried like a dear friend had passed away my heart goes to his family and friends during this time of great sorrow.

  9. keri

    January 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I just heard yesturday that Andy passed. Its so sad to hear that such a beautiful man has passed. Best wishes to those that were close to him. He will always be Spartacus in my heart!

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