Who was Andy Whitfield?
He was born in Anglesey, Wales, UK on October 17, 1971 under the zodiac sign Libra. He was an actor, and if you know him, it’s probably “Spartacus blood and sand” TV series in which he had the main role. He has an older sister named Laura and his parents are Robert and Pat Whitfield. Andy died in 2011.
Life before acting
Andy studied and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in England, then went to work and live in Australia at the age of 28, and eventually settled in Sydney, accompanied by his parents and sister. He then attended the Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors in Sydney, but was a model and engineer when he started acting.
He got his first major role in the Australian action horror film “Gabriel”, playing the titular role of the archangel, and who follows his fight to rid Purgatory of the evil fallen angels. It was a great success even though it had no government funding and was produced on a small budget. He also appeared in another movie called “The Clinic” in 2010, which is a horror film with a rating of 5.4 / 10 on IMDb.
His greatest success was in the title role of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” in the 2010 television series. It is a story of the Thracian gladiator who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The series scored an excellent 8.5 / 10 on IMDb and is being loved by audiences even today, six years after the last season’s release. His other roles were in episodes of television series including “All Saints” in 2004, “The Strip”, “Packed to the Rafters” and “McLeod’s Daughters”, all in 2008.
Personal life and death
He met the love of his life in London, an Iranian-Australian named Vashti, who was a design consultant and later became a life coach in Australia. They fell in love almost instantly, moved to Sydney to live together and married there in 2001. They have two children together, a son – Jesse Red Whitfield – and a daughter named Indigo Sky Whitfield.
– Fans of Andy Whitfield (@iAndyWhitfield) September 11, 2018
His world fell apart when he went to the doctor in March 2010 and found out he was suffering from a non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It’s a whole group of blood cancers, quite dangerous, and can grow slowly or quickly – hers was fast. He immediately started treating it and appeared to be successful in June 2010, but the cancer returned in September 2010 and killed Andy on September 11, 2011, just a year and a half after his first diagnosis. He was 39 when he died. His last episode was filmed for “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” in which he only voiced and was not credited.
Appearance and Net Worth
Andy had short brown hair and light blue eyes. He was 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) tall and weighed approximately 71 kg (156 lb). He had a soft voice. According to authoritative sources, his net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be over $ 5 million.
Andy first worked as a home inspector for a consulting firm. There is a two and a half minute video on YouTube called “Time Crisis” which was uploaded in August 2010, and stars Andy and Freddie Wong and is an action video based on the game “Time Crisis”. Due to his performance in “Spartacus” and the love everyone felt for him, the first episode of the second season titled “Spartacus: Fugitivus” in 2012 was dedicated to his memory. The credits of the episode show his photo with the inscription “Our greatest champion”. He never won an award but was nominated for the Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in 2010. “Wherever you are, we will love you forever. (1971-2011) ”, says the Twitter account of his fans. This “Fans of Andy Whitfield” has nearly 1,000 publications and over 10,000 subscribers.
After Andy’s death, Liam McIntyre was chosen as the new Spartacus. Andy and his wife Vashti were three blocks from the Twin Towers during the 9/11 incident. If you want to take a closer look at Andy’s life, you can watch “Be Here Now” – a documentary film about Andy released in 2015 that chronicles his debut at the time of his death. It has an 8.7 / 10 rating on IMDb and apparently made the audience cry. His wife shared how the movie gave him the opportunity to spend time with Andy for a few more hours. His voice reminded him of how much strength they had been and how much he was her best friend.
Their son keeps asking for a new father. Vashti admits that she would love to have someone who would be a good father to her son and daughter, but doesn’t think she could ever love someone the same way she loved Andy. You can find Vashti on Instagram like “Vashtiwhitfield” – it has around 5,000 publications and 20,000 subscribers. The last thing Vashti said to her husband was “You can go now” – it was just seconds before he passed away.