PROFILE
Name:
Andrew Garfield
Birth Date:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Place:
August 20, 1983
Height:
6' (1.83 m)
BIOGRAPHY
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The Amazing Spider-Man

Background:

American/British actor Andrew Garfield gained critical acclaim and wide recognition thanks to his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin in the film “The Social Network” (2010), from which he picked up Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, and for playing the scene stealing role of Mark Romanek on “Never Let Me Go” (2010), which earned him a Saturn Award. He enjoyed further popularity with his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012), a reboot of the Spider-Man film series. On stage, Garfield was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 2012 revival of “Death of a Salesman.”       

Garfield was in relationship with Shannon Marie Woodward from 2008 to 2011. He started dating “The Amazing Spider-Man” co-star Emma Stone in June 2011, who he met during the set of the film. Garfield is a big fan of Spider-Man long before playing the part. He has stated in interviews that Spider-Man was his hero growing up. Garfield is close friends with Robert Pattinson and Matt Smith, whom he has known since they both entered showbiz, and is a very good friends with “The Social Network” co-star, Jesse Eisenberg.    

Andy

Childhood and Family:

Andrew Russell Garfield was born on August 20, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, to an American father (Richard Garfield) and a British mother (Lynn). When he was around three or four, his family relocated to England. He was raised in a middle class family, with his parents running a small interior design business. His dad later became head coach of the Guildford Swimming Club, while his mother serving as a teaching assistant at a nursery school. Andrew, nicknamed Andy, went to Priory Preparatory School in Banstead and later City of London Freeme''s School in nearby Ashtead. He also trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, and graduated in 2004.

The Social Network

Career:

Andrew Garfield first took acting classes in Guildford, Surrey, when he was 12. He appeared in a youth theater production of “Bugsy Malone,” and later, in 2004, he won a Manchester Evening News Most Promising Newcomer Theatre Award for his role as Billy in “Kes” at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre. The same year, he appeared as Deccy in the production of “Mercy” at Soho Theatre. Garfield went on to appear in stage productions such as “The Laramie Project” (2005), “Romeo & Juliet” (as Romeo, 2005), “Beautiful Thing” (2006, as Jamei), “Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship” (2006) and joined the UK tour production of “The Overwhelming” (2006).

Garfield made his British television debut in 2005 when he was cast in the recurring role of Tom in the Channel 4 teenage drama “Sugar Rush,” starring Olivia Hallinan and Lenora Crichlow. The same year, he played the role of Simmo in the short film “Mumbo Jumbo” and had various roles in an episode of “Swinging.” Guest roles on British TV shows “Simon Schama's Power of Art,” “Trial & Retribution,” “Freezing” and the BBC hit “Doctor Who” (as Frank) followed in 2006-2007.

Garfield starred as Jack Burridge, a notorious killer trying to start a new life after imprisonment, in the “Boy A,” a British film adaptation of Jonathan Trigell's critically acclaimed novel of the same name. The film premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival. For his promising performance, he was handed a 2008 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor,  a Broadcasting Press Guild nomination for Best Actor and a Royal Television Society (RST) Television Award nomination for Best Actor – Male. He next made his American screen debut in the war drama “Lions for Lambs” (2007), opposite Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Tom Cruise. There he portrayed an American university student named Todd Hayes.

Following a part in 2008's “The Other Boleyn Girl,” a drama film directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana, Garfield landed the role of Anton, a member of Doctor Parnassus' troupe and who is in love with Valentina, in the Terry Gilliam fantasy film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009), which also starred Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer and Lily Cole, starred in the short film “Air” (2009) and appeared as Eddie Dunford in the Channel 4 “Red Riding” trilogy (2009), which is based on the mystery crime novels by David Peace.

In 2010, Garfield co-starred opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in the British dystopian science fiction drama film “Never Let Me Go,” based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. Playing Mark Romanek, the actor received a Saturn for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the British Independent Film Award in the same category and the London Critics Circle Film ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year.

However, Garfield did not gain widespread recognition until he was cast as Eduardo Saverin, one of the founders of Facebook, in David Fincher's ensemble drama “The Social Network” (2010), opposite Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg. He took home a London Critics Circle Film for British Supporting Actor of the Year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award, a Hollywood Film for Ensemble of the Year, a Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble Acting and an Evening Standard British Film for Best Actor (also for “Never Let Me Go”). He also nabbed a number of award nominations, such as BAFTA nominations for Best Rising Star (shared with “Never Let Me Go”) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picturea Boston Society of Film Critics' nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Cast, a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Chicago Film Critics Association nomination for Best Supporting Actor, an Online Film Critics Society nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Satellite nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and a Teen Choice nomination for Choice Movie Scene Stealer Male.

Garfield's star rise even higher when he was cast as the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the reboot of blockbuster film franchise. Directed by Marc Webb, “The Amazing Spider-Man” was released in the United States on July 3, 2012 and was a box office and critical success. Garfield was nominated for a Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer Movie Star Male, People's Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Superhero and Choice Chemistry (shared with Emma Stone), as well as Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Male Buttkicker for his work on the film.  

Still in 2012, Garfield received notice on stage for playing Biff Loman in a Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman.” the role brought him a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play, a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play.     

Garfield will reprise his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which is set to be released on May 2, 2014.         

Awards:

Evening Standard British Film: Best Actor, “Never Let Me Go” (2010) and “The Social Network,” 2011
London Critics Circle Film (ALFS): British Supporting Actor of the Year, “The Social Network,” 2011
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Ensemble Cast Award, “The Social Network,” 2011
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actor, “Never Let Me Go,” 2011
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC): 2nd place, Best Supporting Actor, “The Social Network,” 2010
Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Breakthrough Award, Actor of the Year, 2010
Hollywood Film: Ensemble of the Year, “The Social Network,” 2010
Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS): Best Ensemble Acting, “The Social Network,” 2010
BAFTA : TV Award, Best Actor, “Boy A,” 2008 Show Less
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