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English and American actor (born 1983)

Andrew Garfield

Garfield at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Andrew Russell Garfield

(1983-08-20) 20 August 1983 (age 39)

Los Angeles, California, US
Citizenship
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Alma mater Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Awards Full list

Andrew Russell Garfield (born 20 August 1983) is an English and American actor He has received various accolades, including a Tony Award, a BAFTA TV Award and a Golden Globe Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards Time included Garfield on its list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2022

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Epsom, England, Garfield trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and began his career on the UK stage and in television productions He made his feature film debut in the 2007 ensemble drama Lions for Lambs He won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his performance in the television film Boy A (2007) He came to international attention in 2010 with the supporting role of Eduardo Saverin in the drama The Social Network, for which he received nominations for a BAFTA Film Award and a Golden Globe Award

Garfield gained wider recognition for playing Spider-Man in the superhero films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), and later in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) He received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor for starring as Desmond Doss in the war film Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and as Jonathan Larson in the musical Tick, Tick Boom! (2021) Garfield also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the latter In 2022, he starred as a troubled cop in the crime drama miniseries Under the Banner of Heaven, earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination

On stage, Garfield appeared in the 2012 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, which garnered him a Tony Award nomination For playing Prior Walter in a 2017 London production of Angels in America, Garfield was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award; he reprised the role on Broadway the following year and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play

Early life

Andrew Russell Garfield was born on 20 August 1983, in Los Angeles, California His mother, Lynn (née Hillman), was from Essex, England, and his father, Richard Garfield, is from California Richard’s parents were also from the United Kingdom Garfield’s parents moved the family from Los Angeles to the UK when he was three years old, and he was brought up in Epsom, Surrey Garfield had a secular upbringing He is Jewish on his father’s side, and describes himself as a “Jewish artist” His paternal grandparents were from Jewish immigrant families who moved to London from Poland, Russia and Romania, and the family surname was originally “Garfinkel”

Garfield’s parents ran a small interior-design business His mother was also a teaching assistant at a nursery school, and his father became head coach of the Guildford City Swimming Club He has an older brother who is an NHS doctor at Royal Brompton Hospital 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 16 when a friend convinced him to take theatre studies at A-level, as they were one pupil short of being able to run the class 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 His first job was at Starbucks, being moved between three separate establishments in Golders Green and Hendon

Career

Early work and breakthrough (2004–2011)

Garfield attending the premiere of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

Garfield began taking acting classes in Guildford, Surrey, when he was nine, and appeared in a youth theatre production of Bugsy Malone He also joined a small youth theatre workshop group in Epsom and took theatre studies at A-level before studying for a further three years at a UK conservatoire, the Central School of Speech and Drama Upon graduating in 2004, he 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 three of the BBC’s Doctor Who, in the episodes “Daleks in Manhattan” and “Evolution of the Daleks” Garfield commented that it was “an honour” to be a part of Doctor Who 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 his review for The Boston Globe, Wesley Morris considered Garfield’s work “a willing punching bag for the movie’s jabs and low blows”

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 garnered him the 2008 BAFTA Award for Best Actor Amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle wrote, “there is no doubt about the intelligence and sensitivity” of Garfield’s portrayal Minneapolis Star Tribune's Christy DeSmith echoed Biancolli’s sentiment, citing his “detailed expressions” as an example Writing in The Seattle Times, John Hartl noted that Garfield demonstrated range in the role, and concluded: “Garfield always manages to capture his passion” Joe Morgenstern, the 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, Garfield 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 thought that Garfield gave a stand out performance in the latter

Garfield and Justin Timberlake at an event for The Social Network in 2010

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 He said of his character, Tommy D, “There’s a sense of anxiety that runs through these kids, especially Tommy, because he’s so sensory and feeling and animalistic, that’s my perspective of him” Garfield was attracted to the film based on the existential questions the story expresses He said the experience of being a part of Never Let Me Go was “just a dream to come true” He further remarked that the scenes in which his character—unable to contain his frustration—erupts with a wail, were “intense” for him “I think those screams are inside all of us, I just got a chance to let mine out” For his portrayal of a well-meaning, but dim young man caught in a love triangle, he won the 2010 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman praised the performances of the lead cast, reflecting that “these three all act with a spooky, haunted innocence that gets under your skin” In comparison to Mulligan and Knightley, Scott Bowles, writing for USA Today, deemed Garfield “the real find” of Never Let Me Go

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, “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, having been referred to him by Mark Romanek However, Fincher did not like Garfield for the part as he found Garfield’s “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 Mark Kermode of the BBC expressed his surprise that Garfield had been overlooked for an Academy Award nomination, opining that “everyone knows he’s one of the very best things about The Social Network” Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern thought the role was portrayed with “great subtlety and rueful charm” 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”

Spider-Man and worldwide recognition (2012–2016)

Garfield at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International

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 (2012), 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” He described Peter as someone he could relate to and stated that the character had been an important influence on him since he was a child For the role, he studied movements of athletes and spiders, and tried to incorporate them, and practiced yoga and pilates The Amazing Spider-Man earned a worldwide total of $752,216,557, and Garfield’s performance was generally well received The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw labelled his portrayal as the “definitive Spider-Man” and Tom Charity of CNN commended his “combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor”

In March 2012, Garfield made his Broadway theatre debut as Biff Loman in the revival of Death of a Salesman According to The New York Times's David Rooney, Garfield had successfully “exposed the raw ache of Biff’s solitude” Garfield was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance Two years later, Garfield hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live and appeared in a music video for the song “We Exist” by Arcade Fire, playing a trans woman Also in 2014, he co-produced and starred in the 2014 independent drama 99 Homes and reprised the titular role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Following a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios to integrate the Spider-Man character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sequels to the latter film were scrapped, and the role was later taken on by Tom Holland in a reboot Arachnologists Yuri M Marusik and Alireza Zamani honored Garfield’s portrayal of the role by naming a new species of crevice weaver spider, Pritha garfieldi, after him

Following a year-long absence from the screen, Garfield had starring roles in two films of 2016, Martin Scorsese’s drama Silence and Mel Gibson’s war film Hacksaw Ridge In the former, based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name, Garfield played Sebastião Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit priest in the seventeenth century who travels to Japan to spread his faith Garfield spent a year with James Martin studying to be a Jesuit priest and went on a silent retreat in Wales The film’s arduous principal photography took place in Taiwan, and Garfield lost 40 pounds (18 kg) to achieve his character’s physicality Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail disliked the film and wrote that Garfield “is sweetly resolute and gently anguished as the missionary Rodrigues but any hope that the actor might elucidate the psychology of philosophical certitude or the pain of religious doubt proves vain” At the box office, it earned less than half of its $50 million budget Hacksaw Ridge, however, was a commercial success, earning over $1753 million worldwide In it, Garfield portrayed Desmond Doss, a combat medic during World War II, who was the first conscientious objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor Writing for USA Today, Brian Truitt labelled the film as “brutally intense and elegantly crafted”; he believed that the central role allowed Garfield to bring depth to his career and commended him for portraying Doss with both “simple sweetness” and “steadfast mettle” He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Hacksaw Ridge

Established career (2017–present)

Garfield promoting Breathe in 2017

Garfield played the role of Prior Walter in Tony Kushner’s two-part play Angels in America at the Lyttelton Theatre in the National Theatre, London from April to August 2017, and the performance was broadcast live to cinemas around the world in summer 2017 through the National Theatre Live series It was directed by Marianne Elliott and co-starred Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Russell Tovey, and Denise Gough Paul T Davis of The British Theatre Guide wrote that Garfield was “transformative and unrecognisable in places, completely inhabiting camp, laconic, frightened and totally loveable Prior Walter” He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor

Garfield’s sole film release of 2017 was the biopic Breathe, in which he portrayed Robin Cavendish, a young man paralysed by polio In preparation, he interacted with individuals who had polio and collaborated closely with Cavendish’s wife and son Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that despite an exceptional story, the film had glossed over the complexities in Cavendish’s life, and thought that Garfield was “hampered by a role that restricts him to little more than nodding and grinning” In March 2018, Garfield reprised the role of Prior when the Angels in America production transferred to Broadway for an eighteen-week limited engagement at the Neil Simon Theatre, alongside a majority of the London cast Reviewing the production for The Washington Post, Peter Marks remarked that “nothing done prepares you for the star-powered dexterity of his Prior” and considered his performance to be the “persuasive moral core of the piece” He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival marked the premiere of Garfield’s next film, the David Robert Mitchell-directed neo-noir Under the Silver Lake In it, he played Sam, an unemployed and wayward young man who sets out on a journey to find his neighbour who has mysteriously disappeared Writing for Vanity Fair, Richard Lawson found Garfield to be “great in the role, doing nimble, subtle bits of physical comedy and teasing out the creepy, menacing side of Sam” Garfield starred in Gia Coppola’s drama Mainstream, alongside Maya Hawke and Jason Schwartzman, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Venice Film Festival

In 2021, Garfield starred in The Eyes of Tammy Faye opposite Jessica Chastain, a drama about the televangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, which had its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival That same year, Garfield portrayed composer Jonathan Larson in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film adaptation of Tick, Tick Boom! Miranda had first seen Garfield performing on stage in Angels in America Garfield, who had not professionally sung before, underwent vocal training in preparation for the role The film was released on Netflix For his performance, Garfield received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor Despite issuing repeated public denials to the contrary, Garfield reprised his role as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring alongside his Spider-Man successor Tom Holland and predecessor Tobey Maguire Garfield described his experience working on the film as “joyful”, and said that it gave him “closure” with his version of the Spider-Man character He also said that he would be open to reprising the role in future if it felt right

In 2022, Garfield was included on Time magazine’s annual list of 100 most influential people in the world He starred in Dustin Lance Black’s miniseries Under the Banner of Heaven, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book of the same name, that same year Reviewing the miniseries, Vulture's Kathryn VanArendonk highlighted Garfield’s “almost flagrantly tender portrayal” of Jeb Pyre, a Mormon detective His performance earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Personal life

Garfield has referred to himself as an “agnostic pantheist”, though he identifies as Jewish Having completed the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola for playing a Jesuit in Silence, he said how “What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ That was the most surprising thing”

Garfield has dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom In 2009, he told the Sunday Herald that he felt “equally at home” in both countries and enjoyed “a varied cultural existence” When asked again in 2019, he stated, “I identify more as Jewish than anything I have a love-hate relationship with both countries and used to be very proud to have both passports Today, I’m slightly less proud” Garfield’s primary place of residence is in North London near Hampstead Heath He told Shaun Keaveny on a podcast in 2021 that he considers England home as that is where his family and friends are

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 rumoured to have broken up although no formal statement was released When asked about his sexuality, Garfield identified himself as heterosexual but has stated “I have an openness to any impulses that may arise within me at any time”

Garfield’s mother Lynn died of pancreatic cancer during his filming of The Eyes of Tammy Faye and shortly before Tick, Tick Boom! began production He was able to fly home to be there with her

In 2011, Garfield became the Ambassador of Sport for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation

Acting credits

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Mumbo Jumbo Simmo Short film
2007 Boy A Jack Burridge
Lions for Lambs Todd Hayes
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl Francis Weston
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Anton
Air Tom Short film
2010 I’m Here Sheldon Short film
Never Let Me Go Tommy D
The Social Network Eduardo Saverin
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Peter Parker / Spider-Man
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Peter Parker / Spider-Man
99 Homes Dennis Nash Also producer
2016 Hacksaw Ridge Desmond Doss
Silence Rodrigues
2017 Breathe Robin Cavendish
2018 Under the Silver Lake Sam
2020 Mainstream Link Also producer
2021 The Eyes of Tammy Faye Jim Bakker
Tick, Tick Boom! Jonathan Larson
Spider-Man: No Way Home Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Swinging Various roles Episode: “11”
2005 Sugar Rush Tom 5 episodes
2006 Simon Schama’s Power of Art Boy with fruit Episode 1: “Caravaggio”
2007 Doctor Who Frank Episodes: “Daleks in Manhattan”, “Evolution of the Daleks”
2007 Freezing Kit Episode: “11”
2007 Trial & Retribution Martin Douglas Episode: “Closure: Part 1”
2009 Red Riding Eddie Dunford 3 episodes
2011, 2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
2019 RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Himself (guest judge) Series 1; Episode: “The Royal Queens”
2022 Under the Banner of Heaven Detective Jeb Pyre Main role

Theatre

Year Title Role Venue Ref
2004 Mercy Deccy Soho Theatre
2004 Kes Billy Manchester Royal Exchange
2005 The Laramie Project Various characters Sound Theatre
2005 Romeo & Juliet Romeo Montague Manchester Royal Exchange
2006 Beautiful Thing Jamie Sound Theatre
2006 Burn / Chatroom / Citizenship Birdman / Jim / Stephen Royal National Theatre
2006 The Overwhelming Geoffrey UK tour
2012 Death of a Salesman Biff Loman Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway
2017 The Children’s Monologues Teenager bullied by father Carnegie Hall
2017
2018
Angels in America Prior Walter Royal National Theatre, London
Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway

Discography

List of guest appearances, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album Ref
“30/90”
(with Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesús, Alexandra Shipp and Mj Rodriguez)
2021 Tick, Tick Boom! (Soundtrack from the Netflix Film)
“Boho Days”
(with Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesús, and Alexandra Shipp)
“No More”
(with Robin de Jesús)
“Johnny Can’t Decide”
(with Joshua Henry and Vanessa Hudgens)
“Sunday”
(with the Moondance Diner Ensemble)
“Therapy”
(with Vanessa Hudgens)
“Swimming”
(with Joshua Henry and Vanessa Hudgens)
“Why”
“Louder Than Words”
(with Joshua Henry and Vanessa Hudgens)
“Green Green Dress”
(with Alexandra Shipp)

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Andrew Garfield

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