Andrew Garfield –

Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge.

About Andrew Garfield (1983 – ____)

Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles County, California. His mother, Lynn (née Hillman), is from Essex, England, and his father, Richard Garfield, is from California. Garfield's paternal grandparents were also from the United Kingdom. His parents moved the family from Los Angeles to Great Britain when he was three years old, and Garfield was raised in Epsom, Surrey, in a middle-class home. Garfield's father is Jewish; Garfield had a secular upbringing, though he has described himself as Jewish. His paternal grandparents were from Jewish immigrant families who had moved to London from Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia, and Romania), and the family surname was originally "Garfinkel".

Garfield's parents ran a small interior design business; his mother is a teaching assistant at a nursery school, and his father became head coach of the Guildford Swimming Club. He has an older brother who is a doctor. Garfield was a gymnast and a swimmer during his early years. He had originally intended to study business but became interested in acting at the age of sixteen. Garfield attended Priory Preparatory School in Banstead and later City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead, before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, from which he graduated in 2004.

Garfield began taking acting classes in Silchar, Surrey, when he was 9, and appeared in a youth theatre production of Bugsy Malone. He also joined a small youth theatre workshop group in Epsom, and began working primarily in stage acting. In 2004 he won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in Kes at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre (where he also played Romeo the year after), and won the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the 2006 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Garfield made his British television debut in 2005 appearing in the Channel 4 teen drama Sugar Rush. In 2007 he garnered public attention when he appeared in the Series 3 of the BBC's Doctor Who, in the episodes "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks". In October 2007, he was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch". He made his American film debut in November 2007, playing an American university student in the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs, with co-stars Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. "I'm just lucky to be there working on the same project as them, although I don't really expect to be recognized later by audiences," Garfield told Variety in 2007.

In the Channel 4 drama Boy A, released in November 2007, he portrayed a notorious killer trying to find new life after prison. The role won him the 2008 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor. Joe Morgenstern, a critic for The Wall Street Journal, dubbed Garfield's performance "phenomenal", assessing that he "makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack's personality". In 2008, he had a minor role in the film The Other Boleyn Girl, and was named one of the shooting stars at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2009, he held supporting roles in the Terry Gilliam film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the Red Riding television trilogy. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Garfield gave a stand out performance in the latter.

In 2010, Garfield co-starred opposite Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley in Mark Romanek's dystopian science fiction drama Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name. Garfield was attracted to the film based on the existential questions the story posed.

The same year, Garfield co-starred opposite Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network, a drama based on the founders of Facebook. On his character, Garfield remarked that "No one knows who Eduardo Saverin is, and I don't either. Of course, the fact he's a real-life human being, breathing on this Earth somewhere, creates a whole new dimension to my approach because you feel a greater sense of responsibility". Initially, the film's director, David Fincher, had met Garfield under the auspices of him playing Mark Zuckerberg. Fincher did not like Garfield for the part as he found his "incredible emotional access to his kind of core humanity" better tailored for the role of Saverin. Garfield's performance was very well received; he earned wider recognition and numerous nominations, including BAFTA nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Rising Star, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role. Rolling Stone said Garfield delivered "a vulnerability that raises the emotional stakes in a movie", and proclaimed: "Keep your eyes on Garfield — he's shatteringly good, the soul of a film that might otherwise be without one."

In 2010, Garfield was cast as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, opposite Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacy, in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the Spider-Man film series. Garfield saw his casting as a "massive challenge in many ways", having to make the character "authentic" and "live and breathe in a new way". Garfield described Peter as someone he can relate to and stated that the character had been an important influence on him since he was a child. For the role, Garfield studied the movements of athletes and spiders and tried to incorporate them, did yoga and pilates in order to be as flexible as possible, and drew from his life experiences as inspiration. Garfield admitted to shedding tears and trying to imagine "a better actor in the suit" upon first wearing his costume. When filming, Garfield explained that he had four months of training and described his physical roles on stunts as challenging and exhausting.

In 2016, it was announced that Garfield would play the role of Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's two-part play Angels in America at the National Theatre, London in the Lyttelton Theatre from April 2017. It will be directed by Marianne Elliott and co-starring Russell Tovey and Denise Gough.

Garfield has dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2009, he told the Sunday Herald that he "feels equally at home" in both the United States and the United Kingdom and "enjoys having a varied cultural existence". Garfield customarily gives interviews about his work, but does not publicly discuss details of his private life.

In 2011, Garfield began dating his The Amazing Spider-Man co-star Emma Stone sometime during production of the film. In 2015, they were reported to have broken up.

In 2011, Garfield became the Ambassador of Sport for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO).

Andrew Garfield's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2005Mumbo JumboSimmo
2007Lions for LambsTodd Hayes
2007Boy AJack Burridge / Eric Wilson
2008The Other Boleyn GirlFrancis Weston
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusAnton
2010I'm HereSheldon
2010Never Let Me GoTommy
2010The Social NetworkEduardo Saverin
2012The Amazing Spider-ManPeter Parker / Spider-Man
2014The Amazing Spider-Man 2Peter Parker / Spider-Man
201499 HomesDennis Nash
2016Hacksaw RidgeDesmond Doss
2016SilenceFather Sebastião Rodrigues
2017BreatheRobin Cavendish
2017Under the Silver Lake

Andrew Garfield's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2005SwingingVarious Roles
2005Sugar RushTom
2006Simon Schama's Power of Art: CaravaggioBoy with fruit
2007Doctor WhoFrank
2007Trial & RetributionMartin Douglas
2009Red RidingEddie Dunford
2011, 2014Saturday Night LiveHimself

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Andrew Garfield include...

Year Movie Award
2016Hacksaw RidgeBest Actor (Nominated)

Memorable Quotes by Andrew Garfield

“ I'm very neurotic and self-conscious. So I think that I'll know when I'm becoming a dick and believing my own press. ”

“ Obviously there's something very seductive about movies, which can be attractive in a bad way if you're doing them for the wrong reasons - for money, or for fame. I hope I won't ever do that. I don't feel at home in LA, I feel like I'm on holiday. It's nice to dip your feet in occasionally, but I think it's probably quite unhealthy to spend too much time there at once. ”

[on Hollywood parties/events] “ Those events that look like so much fun in the photos you see — it's mostly people looking over their shoulders at everyone. They're miserable, those parties. ”

[on playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man] “ I see it as a massive challenge in many ways. To make it authentic. To make the character live and breathe in a new way. The audience already has a relationship with many different incarnations of the character. I do, as well. I'm probably going to be the guy in the movie theater shouting abuse at myself. But I have to let that go. No turning back. And I wouldn't want to. ”

[on his religious upbringing] “ ...My father is Jewish and that side of my family is Jewish, but he's non-practicing and left the faith as a young boy, of his own volition. My mom is a kind of pantheist, and my father became an atheist but I think he's now coming around to some kind of higher power... I was raised with all this space around me, spiritually speaking. And that has really continued, but what it engendered in me is a great deep hunger for answers, and I've been a spiritual seeker since I was a kid. I was always fascinated with people like Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus, and John Lennon and Martin Luther King. ”

[on working with Mel Gibson] “ He's incredibly instinctive and emotional — all blood and guts, nerve endings, viscera and muscle. Simultaneously, he's got a tremendous intellect. ”

Things You May Not Know About Andrew Garfield

He trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama, graduating in 2004.

He was a huge fan of Spider-Man long before playing the part. He has said in interviews that Spider-Man was his hero growing up.

Andrew's paternal grandfather, Samuel Garfinkel, was born in London, to Sarah and Harry Garfinkel, who were Polish Jewish immigrants; Samuel later changed the surname to "Garfield". Andrew's paternal grandmother, Doris May (Savage), also born in London, was of Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent.

Andrew's mother is the daughter of Peter Hillman and Florence A. Luckens, and is of English background. Andrew was raised in a secular household, though he has described himself as Jewish. In terms of his religious beliefs, he has also said, "I would consider myself pantheist, agnostic and occasionally atheist and a little bit Jewish."

He calls In the Name of the Father (1993) a harrowing and unforgettable film that made him cry.

His father is a swimming coach and his mother is a nursery school assistant.

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Andrew Garfield in The Social Network (2010)...
top and bottom pictures with Jesse Eisenberg.
Andrew Garfield, left, in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).
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Garfield in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)...
top picture with Lily Cole... bottom picture with Heath Ledger.
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Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)... first and third pictures with Emma Stone.
Garfield in Swinging (2005).
Garfield with Olivia Hallinan in Sugar Rush (2005).
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In Martin Scorsese's Silence (2016)... middle picture with Yoshi Oida,
Shinya Tsukamoto, and Adam Driver... bottom picture with Shinya Tsukamoto.
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Garfield in Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009)... second picture with Rebecca Hall.
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With Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go (2010).
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In Lions for Lambs (2007).
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In Hacksaw Ridge (2016)... second picture with Teresa Palmer...
fourth picture with Nico Cortez and Luke Bracey... bottom picture with Teresa Palmer.
Garfield in Freezing (2007).
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Garfield in Doctor Who (2007)... bottom picture with Freema Agyeman.
In Trial & Retribution (episode "Closure") (2009).
In Boy A (2007).
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Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes (2014)...
with Michael Shannon in pictures two, three, and four... with Noah Lomax in picture four.