Actor Andrew Russell Garfield was born in England and the United States on August 20, 1983. In addition to being nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, a Laurence Olivier Award, and two Academy Awards, he has won other awards, including a Tony Award, a BAFTA TV Award, and a Golden Globe. In 2022, Time magazine listed Garfield among the top 100 global influencers.
Garfield, who was reared in Epsom, England, and was born in Los Angeles, received his training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama before starting his career on the stage and in television shows in the UK. In addition to receiving plaudits for his work in the 2007 television movie Boy A, he made his feature film debut in the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs. With the supporting character of Eduardo Saverin in the play The Social Network, he attracted prominence on a global scale in 2010.
In the superhero movies The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), and later in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Garfield acquired more notoriety for his portrayal of Spider-Man. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles as Jonathan Larson in the musical Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021) and Desmond Doss in the war movie Hacksaw Ridge (2016). For the latter, Garfield additionally received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Since then, he has appeared in the crime drama miniseries Under the Banner of Heaven (2022) as a Mormon investigator.
On the theatre, Garfield played Prior Walter in a 2017 London production of Angels in America and featured in a Death of a Salesman revival on Broadway in 2012. The following year, he played the latter part again on Broadway and took home the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
Andrew Garfield Early life
In Los Angeles, California, on August 20, 1983, Andrew Russell Garfield was born. His father, Richard Garfield, is from California, and his mother, Lynn (née Hillman), was born in Essex, England. Richard’s parents were both natives of the UK. Garfield was raised in Epsom, Surrey, after his parents relocated the family from the United States to the United Kingdom when he was three years old. Garfield was raised in a secular home. On his father’s side, he is Jewish, and he calls himself a “Jewish artist.” His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, Russia, and Romania who settled in London; their surname was originally “Garfinkel.”
The family business of Garfield’s parents was interior design. His father was named the head coach of the Guildford City Swimming Club, while his mother worked as a teaching assistant in a nursery school. He has an older sibling who works as a Royal Brompton Hospital NHS physician. Early in life, Garfield competed in swimming and gymnastics. He had initially planned to pursue a career in business, but at the age of 16, after being persuaded by a friend to enroll in theatre studies at the A-level because the class was short one student, he developed an interest in acting.
Prior to receiving his education at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Garfield attended Priory Preparatory School in Banstead and afterwards City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead. His initial employment involved moving between three different Starbucks locations in Hendon and Golders Green.
Andrew Garfield Career
Early work and breakthrough (2004–2011)
When Garfield was nine years old, he enrolled in acting classes in Guildford, Surrey, and made an appearance in a youth theater performance of Bugsy Malone. Additionally, he joined a small youth theater workshop group in Epsom and studied theatre at the A-level before continuing his education for an additional three years at the Central School of Speech and Drama, a conservatoire in the United Kingdom. He started working mostly in theater acting in 2004 after graduating. He earned the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the 2006 Evening Standard Theatre Awards after receiving the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Newcomer in 2004 for his portrayal of Kes at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre (where he also portrayed Romeo the following year).
In 2005, Garfield made his British television debut in the teen drama Sugar Rush on Channel 4. When he made an appearance in the BBC’s Doctor Who episodes “Daleks in Manhattan” and “Evolution of the Daleks” from series three in 2007, he attracted widespread recognition. It was “an honor,” according to Garfield, to be a part of Doctor Who. He was cited as one of Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” in October 2007. In the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs, which also starred Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford, he made his American film debut in November 2007 as an American university student.
Although I don’t really anticipate being known by viewers afterwards, I’m just glad to be working on the same project as them right now, Garfield said to Variety in 2007. Wesley Morris described Garfield’s performance as “a willing punching bag for the movie’s jabs and low blows” in his review for The Boston Globe.
In the November 2007 release of the Channel 4 drama Boy A, he played an infamous murderer looking for a new start after being released from jail. For the part, he won the Best Actor BAFTA Award in 2008. “There is no doubt about the intelligence and sensitivity” of Garfield’s portrayal, Houston Chronicle reporter Amy Biancolli observed. Christy DeSmith of the Minneapolis Star Tribune mirrored Biancolli’s sentiment and used one of his “detailed expressions” as an illustration. John Hartl commented in The Seattle Times that Garfield showed versatility in the part and said, “Garfield always manages to capture his passion.”
Garfield’s performance was praised as “phenomenal” by The Wall Street Journal’s critic Joe Morgenstern, who noted that he “makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack’s personality.” He was recognized as a Shooting Star at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 after playing a small part in the movie The Other Boleyn Girl. In 2009, Garfield appeared in minor roles in the Red Riding television series and the Terry Gilliam movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Garfield, according to Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, produced a standout performance in the latter.
In Mark Romanek’s dystopian science-fiction thriller Never Let Me Go, a 2010 adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 book of the same name, Garfield co-starred with Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley. In his description of his character Tommy D., he said, “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 drawn to the movie because of the existential issues it raises.He described his involvement in Never Let Me Go as “just a dream to come true”.
He added that he found the passages “intense” where his character, unable to control his rage, explodes into a scream. “I believe we all have those screams inside; I just had a chance to let mine out.”He won the 2010 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his depiction of a well-intentioned but stupid young man entangled in a love triangle. Owen Gleiberman lauded the principal actors in his article for Entertainment Weekly, saying that “these three all act with a spooky, haunted innocence that gets under your skin.” In his review of Never Let Me Go for USA Today, Scott Bowles called Garfield “the real find” in contrast to Mulligan and Knightley.
The drama The Social Network, which was based on the founding members of Facebook, featured Garfield alongside Jesse Eisenberg. Regarding his persona, Garfield observed, “Neither I nor anyone else knows who Eduardo Saverin is. Of course, the fact that he is a living, breathing human being adds an entirely new level to my strategy since you [sic] feel a bigger feeling of duty. David Fincher, who was suggested to Garfield by Mark Romanek, first met the actor when he was cast as Mark Zuckerberg in the movie. Fincher, however, did not like Garfield for the character since he believed Saverin would be a better fit for Garfield’s “incredible emotional access to his kind of core humanity”.
Garfield’s performance was warmly received; as a result, he got further attention and nominations, including those for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Rising Star at the BAFTAs and Best Performance in a Supporting Role at the Golden Globes. Garfield was not nominated for an Academy Award, which surprised Mark Kermode of the BBC because “everyone knows he’s one of the very best things about The Social Network.”
Joe Morgenstern, writing in The Wall Street Journal, praised the performance for its “great subtlety and rueful charm” in the role. Rolling Stone praised Garfield for bringing “a vulnerability that raises the emotional stakes in a movie” and added to “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)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacy, is a relaunch of the Spider-Man movie franchise. Making the character “authentic” and “live and breathe in a new way” presented Garfield with a “massive challenge in many ways” when he was cast. He said the figure had been a major effect on him since he was a child and that he could relate to Peter.
He researched the movements of athletes and spiders for the part and attempted to incorporate them, while also engaging in yoga and pilates. Garfield’s portrayal in The Amazing Spider-Man got generally positive reviews and helped the movie make a total of $752,216,557 worldwide. The “definitive Spider-Man,” according to Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, and Tom Charity of CNN praised his “combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation, and wry humor.”
In the production of Death of a Salesman in March 2012, Garfield made his Broadway theater debut as Biff Loman. David Rooney of The New York Times writes that Garfield had succeeded in “expos[ing] the] raw ache of Biff’s solitude.” Garfield’s performance earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Two years later, Garfield played a trans woman in the music video for Arcade Fire’s song “We Exist” and hosted an edition of Saturday Night Live.
He also co-produced and featured in the independent drama 99 Homes in 2014. He also returned to the title role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. The sequels to the latter movie were canceled as a result of an agreement between Sony and Marvel Studios to include the Spider-Man character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland eventually played the part in a reboot. In recognition of Garfield’s portrayal of the character, Pritha garfieldi, a new species of crevice weaver spider, was named by arachnologists Yuri M. Marusik and Alireza Zamani.
After a year away from the big screen, Garfield had leading roles in two movies in 2016: Mel Gibson’s war movie Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese’s drama Silence. Garfield portrayed Sebastio Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit missionary in the seventeenth century who journeys to Japan to propagate his faith, in the former film, which was based on Shsaku End’s 1966 novel of the same name. Garfield went on a quiet retreat in Wales while spending a year studying to be a Jesuit priest with James Martin.
Garfield had difficult principle photography for the movie in Taiwan and shed 40 pounds (18 kg) to match the physique of his role. According to Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail, who didn’t appreciate the movie, 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”
It made less than half of its $50 million budget at the box office. Hacksaw Ridge, on the other hand, was a financial triumph, grossing over $175.3 million globally. It featured Garfield as Desmond Doss, a combat medic in World War II and the nation’s first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. For USA Today, Brian Truitt described the movie as “brutally intense and elegantly crafted.” He thought Garfield’s leading performance gave his career depth and praised him for giving Doss both “simple sweetness” and “steadfast mettle.” For Hacksaw Ridge, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Established career (2017–present)
From April to August 2017, Garfield performed as Prior Walter in Tony Kushner’s two-act drama Angels in America at the Lyttelton Theatre in the National Theatre in London. The performance was live-streamed to cinemas all over the world throughout the summer of 2017 as part of the National Theatre Live series. Along with Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Russell Tovey, and Denise Gough, it was directed by Marianne Elliott. Garfield was described as “transformative and unrecognisable in places, completely inhabiting camp, laconic, frightened and totally loveable Prior Walter” by Paul T. Davis of The British Theatre Guide. For the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, he received a nomination.
In the biopic Breathe, Garfield’s lone 2017 release, he played Robin Cavendish, a young man paralyzed by polio. He spoke with polio survivors during the planning process and worked closely with Cavendish’s wife and kid. The film glosses over the complexity of Cavendish’s life, according to Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter, who also felt that Garfield was “hampered by a role that restricts him to little more than nodding and grinning.”
When the Angels in America production moved to Broadway for an eighteen-week limited engagement at the Neil Simon Theatre in March 2018, Garfield and the majority of the London cast returned their roles as Prior. According to Peter Marks, who reviewed the play for The Washington Post, “nothing [Garfield’s] done prepares you for the star-powered dexterity of his Prior” and that his performance serves as the “persuasive moral core of the piece.” For his portrayal, he received the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
The neo-noir Under the Silver Lake, which was directed by David Robert Mitchell, had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He portrayed Sam, a restless and unemployed young man who embarks on a quest to locate his strangely vanished neighbor, in the film. Garfield was “great in the role, doing nimble, subtle bits of physical comedy and teasing out the creepy, menacing side of Sam,” according to Richard Lawson, writing for Vanity Fair. Along with Maya Hawke and Jason Schwartzman, Garfield starred in Gia Coppola’s drama Mainstream, which had its global premiere at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a 2021 drama on televangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker that had its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Jessica Chastain and Garfield. In the same year, Garfield played Jonathan Larson, a composer, in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tick, Tick… Boom! movie. Garfield made his stage debut in Angels in America, where Miranda first saw him. Garfield had vocal instruction in order to prepare for the part despite never having performed professionally. The movie was made available on Netflix. Garfield was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his work.
Garfield reprised his role as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Spider-Man: No Way Home, costarring with Tom Holland and Tobey Maguire despite making numerous public claims to the contrary. In his “joyful” account of his time making the movie, Garfield claimed that it offered him “closure” with his take on the Spider-Man persona. He said that if it felt appropriate, he would be willing to play the part again in the future.
Garfield was listed among the 100 most important people in the world by Time magazine in 2022.In the same year, he starred in Dustin Lance Black’s miniseries Under the Banner of Heaven, which was based on the same-titled novel by Jon Krakauer. In her review of the miniseries, Kathryn VanArendonk of Vulture praised Garfield for his “almost flagrantly tender portrayal” of Mormon investigator Jeb Pyre. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his performance.
Next, Garfield will act opposite Florence Pugh in John Crowley’s love story We Live in Time and in the film Voyagers, playing Carl Sagan opposite Ann Druyan played by Daisy Edgar-Jones.
Andrew Garfield Personal life
Despite being Jewish, Garfield has described himself as a “agnostic pantheist” After doing the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola for his role as a Jesuit in Silence, he remarked that “falling in love with this person, falling in love with Jesus Christ, was incredibly easy. That was the most unexpected element of Garfield’s upcoming roles in John Crowley’s romance We Live in Time with Florence Pugh and Voyagers, in which he will play Carl Sagan opposite Ann Druyan played by Daisy Edgar-Jones.
Garfield holds dual citizenship with both the US and the UK. He told the Sunday Herald in 2009 that he had “a varied cultural existence” and felt “equally at home” in both nations. He said, “I identify more as Jewish than anything,” when questioned again in 2019. I feel conflicted about both of my countries and used to be really pleased to own both passports. I’m a little less proud of myself now. The primary residence of Garfield is in North London, close to Hampstead Heath. In 2021, he admitted to Shaun Keaveny on a podcast that he calls England his home because that is where his family and friends reside.
Garfield typically speaks in interviews about his job but never publicly divulges information about his personal life. At some point during the making of The Amazing Spider-Man, Garfield started dating Emma Stone. They allegedly split up in 2015, however no official announcement was made. Garfield admitted to being heterosexual when questioned about it, but said, “I have an openness to any impulses that may arise within me at any time.”
During the creation of The Eyes of Tammy Faye and just before Tick, Tick… Boom!, Garfield’s mother Lynn passed away from pancreatic cancer. To be there with her, he was able to fly home.
In 2011, Garfield was named the Worldwide Orphans Foundation’s Sport Ambassador.
Andrew Garfield Awards & Achievements
Andrew Garfield has received numerous honors during his career to date, including the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 2008 for his function in the movie Boy A. He won the 2017 AACTA Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie Hacksaw Ridge. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in Hacksaw Ridge.
He won the esteemed Tony Award for his performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Angels in America. For his performance in Angels in America, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.
What did Andrew Garfield get famous for?
In the 2010 movies The Social Network and Never Let Me Go, Garfield played the roles of Eduardo and Tommy, respectively. He was chosen to play the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), a reboot of the Spider-Man movie series, in the same year.
Is Andrew Garfield a Millionaire?
Garfield’s net worth was $13 million as of the end of last year, claims Celebrity Net Worth. He made his riches through appearing in movies like The Social Network, Hacksaw Ridge, and Tick, Tick, Boom!, in addition to the Spider-Man flicks for which he received $1.5 million.
What languages does Andrew Garfield speak?
He earned an MA in French and Russian from Oxford University. Hebrew, German, French, Russian, and Andrew all speak them.
Why did Andrew Garfield lose his role?
After the infamous 2014 Sony breach, it was revealed in an email that the actor was “let go” from the role because he skipped an event when Sony CEO Kaz Hirai was supposed to announce The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for a 2017 release. Garfield stated that he was absent due to a medical problem.
How much did Andrew get paid for No Way Home?
For Spider-Man: No Way Home, what did Andrew Garfield create? Garfield earned $1 million for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the same sum he earned for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, claims Market Research Telecast. For around 30 minutes of screen time in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the number is also not terrible.
How much did Andrew Garfield get paid for The Amazing Spider-Man?
Andrew Garfield reportedly made $500,000 for his performance in The Amazing Spider-Man from 2012. All of the finalist actors received the same contract, which included payments of $500,000 for the first movie, $1,000,000 for the second, and $2,000,000 for a potential third movie.
Why did Emma and Andrew break up?
While filming The Amazing Spider-Man, the two started dating. Due to their demanding work schedules and separation after four years of dating, their relationship hit a hard spot. This caused them to take a sabbatical, and that break resulted in their separation in 2015.