Andrew Russell Garfield is a British-American actor best known for playing the superhero Peter Parker in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spiderman” series. He was born on 28 August 1983 in Los Angeles, California to Lynn and Richard Garfield. His mother is a teaching assistant at a nursery school while his father is the head coach of the Guildford City Swimming Club.
He has an older brother who is a doctor. His parents migrated to the U.K. when he was three and was brought up in Epsom, Surrey. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia, Romania, and Poland who bore the family’s original surname, ‘Garfinkel.’ He grew up in a secular environment and considers himself to be an agnostic pantheist.
He completed his schooling from the City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead, U.K., where he actively engaged in philately, gymnastics and swimming. He initially intended to become a businessman but discovered his passion for acting when he took up Theatre Studies at A-level at the behest of one of his friends since the class was one pupil short of running.
He later enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London to hone his acting skills. After graduation, he started working in stage plays. In 2004, he performed as the protagonist Billy in ‘Kes’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester for which he bagged the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Newcomer.
He also won the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2006. He made his debut on the small screen as Tom in Channel 4’s comedy-drama “Sugar Rush” (2005). He garnered fame when he featured as Frank in two episodes of BBC TV’s fifty-six-year-old running sci-fi drama “Doctor Who” (1963) in 2007.
The same year, he played the notorious murderer Jack Burridge in John Crowley’s television film “Boy A” for which he received the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor. His first successful appearance on the big screen was as Tommy D. In Mark Romanek’s dystopian romantic tragedy “
Never Let Me Go
” (2010), which is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro under the same name. Andrew’s intense portrayal of a frustrated boy won him the 2010 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He next appeared as Eduardo Saverin in David Fincher’s biographical drama “
The Social Network
” (2010), based on the life of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Andrew became an absolute favorite of the audience since then, garnering critical praise. His next breakthrough performance was as Desmond Doss in Mel Gibson’s biographical war drama “The Hacksaw Ridge” (2016).
The movie was nominated for the best film while Garfield for the best actor award at the 2016 Oscars. It was followed by his most ‘Marvelous’ acting stint as the Spiderman, catapulting his career to a whole another level. He has recently wrapped up filming for Gia Coppola’s upcoming drama “Mainstream” which is in its post-production stages. He was also honored as the Ambassador of Sport for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) in 2011.