Andrew Russell Garfield was born on August 20, 1983. He spent the first three years of his life in California. His father worked as a swimming coach, and his mother was a teaching assistant at a nursery school. In 1986, Andrew’s parents moved to England with their son. The actor is Jewish by nationality. The boy’s ancestors emigrated to America from Russia, Romania, and Poland. Initially, the surname was Garfinkel, but Andrew’s paternal grandfather changed it to Garfield.
The boy studied at schools in London and Banstead. As a child, he was not interested in any comics, no theater, no cinema. And how could the boy find such hobbies if the family was far from creativity? The Garfield’s had a small business and engaged in finishing work on the premises.
At the age of 15, Andrew began to comprehend acting and performing in amateur performances. Then he attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, which he successfully graduated in 2004. During his studies, the future actor lived in a shabby apartment in North London, and he had to earn for living himself.
Andrew Garfield recalls how at the age of 19 he bought a pirate disc with Spider-Man and watched it twice in a row. The movie had impressed him so that the guy together with a friend began to play scenes from the film in front of the mirror. Then he decided that one day he would portray Spider-Man.
In 2004, right after graduating from Drama School, Andrew Garfield began his theatrical career. The actor played Deccy in a play Mercy on the stage of the Soho Theatre. In the same year, Manchester Royal Exchange invited him to the role of Billy in the play called Kes. Andrew received the theater award MEN for this work.
In 2005, Andrew played the role of Romeo brilliantly in Romeo and Juliet on the stage of the same theater. And the following year, Evening Standard Theatre Awards called him an Outstanding Newcomer.
The actor has seven roles in performances in his theater biography. One of the last works is Death of a Salesman on Broadway, where Garfield played Biff Loman.
Andrew Garfield made his film debut in 2005. It was the series Sugar Rush, designed for a teenage audience. In the same year, the young man appeared in the popular British TV series Doctor Who. Two years later, the aspiring British actor came to popularity. He starred in two full-length films, Lions for Lambs and Boy A, for this work he received BAFTA. In Lions for Lambs, the Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep were Andrew’s partners on the site. In 2008, the young man starred in the episode of a historical film The Other Boleyn Girl with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
Soon the actor received a lead role in three seasons of the series Red Riding, which was focused on crimes in Yorkshire, as well as the system of corruption. An independent investigation of a young journalist Eddie Dunford is at the center of the story. In the same year, the work in the fantasy film Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus replenished Andrew’s filmography, where Garfield turned into a wandering circus artist named Anton.
A year later, the shooting of the film The Social Network finished. Garfield appeared in the role of Eduardo Saverin, a friend and colleague of Mark Zuckerberg. Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer also played in the drama about the creators of Facebook. The film was a box office success, and it grossed $ 200 million.
In the dystopian drama Never Let Me Go, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley played lovers Tommy and Ruth, selected as donors for cloning. In the same year, the actor appeared in a short film I’m here focused on the friendship of people and robots.
World fame came to Andrew Garfield in 2012, when he played the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man. In this film, the actor replaced the previous actor, Tobey Maguire, who played Peter Parker in a Marvel trilogy about the adventures of a superhero. The actor’s height is 5’11 (179 cm) and weight is 163,2 lbs (74 kg) as well as his acting skills allowed Andrew to get the role. As the actor later admitted, that audition was the most difficult, dramatic and exhausting of all he’d ever participated in.
When he got the call and was invited to go through the casting, Andrew realized that abrupt changes in his life were going to happen. Garfield admitted that he was waiting for this call for a quarter of a century, and when he got the call, he got drunk. Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Denis Leary also played the lead roles in the film. The movie grossed $ 230 million in cinemas. In 2014, the second part of the dilogy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was released.
The later sequel The Amazing Spider-Man: Homecoming was planned to be released in 2015. The role of Peter Parker was taken by a young artist Tom Holland who impressed the creators with his acrobatic skill. The film premiered worldwide in the summer of 2017.
In 2014, the premiere of the drama 99 Houses took place at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. In the movie, Andrew Garfield played the role of a single father Dennis, evicted to the street by a corrupt realtor Rick (Michael Shannon). To return the house, Dennis gets a job in a real estate company.
In 2016, Andrew Garfield appeared in Mel Gibson’s war drama Hacksaw Ridge, where he played the role of Desmond Doss, a common soldier who refused to take a weapon in his hands. The young man performed the duties of a medical orderly at the front. The movie entered the TOP-250 best films of all time.
At the end of the year, Martin Scorsese’s drama Silence was premiered. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver turned into Jesuit monks of the XVII century who arrived to preach in Japan.
At the beginning of 2017 in the 74th ceremony of Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, Ryan Reynolds kissed Andrew Garfield in public. It turned out that the actors made a bet on a kiss in the case if Ryan got an award. Even though the award went to Ryan Gosling, Reynolds still turned to his friend for a kiss. The photo went through all the world news agencies.
Now one more movie with Andrew Garfield has premiered. It’s a British melodrama called Breathe. Besides, Garfield finished working on the thriller Under the Silver Lake with the actor in the lead role. The film premiered in 2018.