Photo: Andrew Garfield
Biography of Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield is a popular American actor who gained worldwide fame by playing the role of Spider-Man in the eponymous film by Mark Webb (2012). Winner of the BAFTA Television Award (2008) for his role in the film “Boy A” and the nominee of the “Golden Globe” (2017) for the role of Desmond Doss in Mel Gibson’s new film “Conscientious Reasons”.
Actor Andrew Garfield
Childhood and youth
Andrew was born in sunny California to an English mother and an American of Jewish origin. Father’s ancestors were from Russia and Poland, and it was they who changed the family name “Garfinkeln” to “Garfield”. When the boy was three years old, the family moved to the UK, to the town of Epsom, located in Surrey.
Childhood photos of Andrew Garfield
As a child, Andrew did not even think about an acting career, he was more interested in sports, especially gymnastics and swimming. His parents were also far from creative – the family owned a small interior design business. The business did not work out, and as a result, his father became a swimming coach, and his mother got a job as a teacher in a kindergarten.
Andrew Garfield’s parents are ordinary people, far from show business
Andrew has an older brother who is a medical doctor. Parents wanted the youngest son to become entrepreneurs. He received his secondary education at the prestigious London Freemen’s School with a classical education program. At the same time, the teachers of the institution encouraged an interest in creativity, so it is not surprising that at the age of 15, Andrew enrolled in a theater group at the school.
This was followed by training at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, which Andrew successfully graduated in 2004. With this, the professional theatrical career of a gifted young man began. Critics favorably accepted his first roles in performances and in 2005 awarded him the title of “Outstanding Newcomer”.
Around the same time, Andrew made his debut on television, starring in the comedy series “Sweet Feelings” (Sugar Rush), which received an Emmy Award and became a good start for a further film career.
Andrew Garfield’s very first film role (“Sweet Feelings”)
In 2007, the young actor starred in two feature films at once. In Robert Redford’s first, anti-militarist film Lions for Lambs, he, in the form of student Todd Hayes, met on the same set with Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep.
Andrew Garfield played Tom Cruise’s student character
In John Crowley’s crime film Boy A, Garfield played the lead role, which won him a BAFTA award in the Best Actor nomination. The film itself, which tells about a 24-year-old boy who spent his entire youth in prison and is now trying to adapt to ordinary life, was awarded a special prize at the Berlin Film Festival.
The first serious role of Andrew Garfield (“Boy A”)
Another notable work in the track record of a talented artist was the role of Francis Weston in the historical melodrama The Boleyn Girl. The film was released worldwide with great success, with about $78 million collected. True, the audience went to the cinema rather to admire the beautiful Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, and the role of Andrew was very small, but experience is experience.
Andrew Garfield gained experience working with outstanding actors
Andrew’s next work in a big movie was the role of a wandering circus magician in Terry Gilliam’s fantastic film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”, notable for the fact that during the filming the lead actor Heath Ledger died, and the role of Tony Shepard was played by three legendary Hollywood celebrities – Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Collin Farrell. Andrew also got the role of a young man Anton from the retinue of Dr. Parnassus.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Andrew Garfield as Anton
2010 was a very fruitful year for Andrew Garfield’s filmography: for his role in the film directed by Mark Romanek “Don’t Let Me Go”, he was nominated for the British Independent Film Award as Best Supporting Actor.
Andrew Garfield in the melodrama Don’t Let Me Go
A bright event in the creative life of Garfield was the work in the film by David Fincher “The Social Network”, which brought him many prestigious international awards. Andrew played a former friend and then enemy of Mark Zuckerberg, who came into conflict with the founder of Facebook over the rights to the famous social network.
Frame from the film “The Social Network”
Andrew Garfield and Spiderman
But still, the role of Spider-Man in the new film adaptation of the popular Marvel comics, which was released in 2012, became a landmark in his fate. Seeing Andrew in The Social Network, the filmmakers immediately realized that Garfield would be a worthy replacement for Tobey Maguire, who did not find mutual understanding with the producers of the tape. As for Andrew himself, at first he did not believe his ears when he heard an invitation to audition on the telephone, and when his candidacy was finally approved, the actor burst into tears of happiness and … got drunk.
On the set of “Spider-Man”
The role of Peter Parker was not easy for the young man. He had no idea how uncomfortable the legendary Spiderman latex suit was. The actor had to perform complex tricks that could not always be entrusted to stuntmen. And most importantly, he met his love on the set, actress Emma Stone.
After the premiere of Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield became known to the whole world. But he did not linger for a long time in the role of a blockbuster actor. In January 2017, Andrew was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Dramatic Performance in Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge”, which was also a real contender for the Oscar. His hero, military doctor Desmond Doss, refused to kill opponents.
Frame from the film “For reasons of conscience”
At the beginning of 2017, the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s new film “Silence” took place, in which Andrew played the role of a Jesuit monk. Preparation for filming was extremely difficult; the actor had to lose 18 kilograms in order to convincingly transform into a persecuted martyr.
Andrew Garfield lost 40 pounds for ‘Silence’
In 2018, the thriller Under Sylvester Lake was released, where Andrew played one of the main roles. The film about the mysterious disappearance of a girl and a global conspiracy also involved Riley Keogh Grace and Topher Grace, who also starred in the movie Spider-Man 3: The Enemy in Reflection.
Personal life of Andrew Garfield
He met Emma Stone in 2011, at the casting of the blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, and immediately fell in love like a teenager. The romantic love story played by the actors on the screen turned into a hurricane of passion that swept the couple in real life. Andrew immediately broke up with his former lover, actress Shannon Woodward, and Emma’s heart at that time was already free. In the spring of 2013, they bought a cozy apartment in New York and began to live together.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone met on set
But the busy filming schedule did not allow them to see each other often. Lovers met more often on the red carpet of film festivals than under the roof of their own nest. In early 2015, information appeared that the star couple was going to get married, and in the summer of the same year they unexpectedly decided to take a break in the relationship. Since then, they were periodically seen together, but there was no talk of a wedding. At the last Oscar and Golden Globe ceremonies, the actors were present one by one.
Before Christmas 2018, Andrew was spotted with singer Rita Ora. Rumors about their romance had been circulating for the previous few months, and Rita herself hinted at it. However, Garfield’s romance with the singer was never really confirmed.
Pictured: Andrew Garfield and Rita Ora
In July 2019, according to hellomagazine.com, Andrew entered into a new relationship. This time, his chosen one was a girl not from the sphere of show business – Garfield fell in love with a 25-year-old medical student Christine Gabel. The couple was often seen on walks and joint evenings with friends, but the fate of the novel is unknown to fans.
Andrew Garfield now
In 2023, Andrew worked on the film “Mainstream”, the plot of which tells about the numerous ascents of nameless stars to the top of the Internet space. Together with him, Maya Hawk and Nat Wolfe starred in the film. The premiere, as well as filming, was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and was postponed to 2023. In the same year, Garfield is set to appear in The Eyes of Tammy Faye alongside Jessica Chastain, as well as the miniseries Brideshead Revisited, where he stars as Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. One of the main roles went to Andrew in the film “Tick-tock, boom!”, In which he starred with Vanessa Hudgens.