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Andrew Garfield

Garfield at the premiere of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, September 18, 2009
Born Andrew Russell Garfield
20 August 1983 (1983-08-20) (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Andrew Russell Garfield[1] (born 20 August 1983) is a BAFTA award-winning English actor, who has appeared in radio, theatre, film, and television, including the 2007 releases Lions for Lambs and Boy A.


Early life

Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British mother from Essex and an American father from California.[2][3] His family moved to England three years after he was born.[2] Garfield is Jewish[4] and was raised in a "middle class home".[4] Garfield's parents ran a small interior design business.[5] His father later worked as a swimming teacher and his mother as a teaching assistant at a nursery school. He was raised in Surrey, England[3] and attended the City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Garfield began working primarily as a stage actor. In 2004, he won a MEN Theatre Award 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 Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2006.

In October 2007, he was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch".[6] At the Berlinale 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival) he was one of the shooting stars.

In November 2007, he featured in the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs, playing an American university student, as well as the Channel 4 drama Boy A, for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor in 2008. He appeared in the film The Other Boleyn Girl.[6]

In 2009, he appeared in the Terry Gilliam film The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus[4] and the Red Riding trilogy.

He appears in the forthcoming British sci-fi thriller Never Let Me Go[7] and is filming The Social Network, alongside actors Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg. The film, about the founders of Facebook, is based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.

Garfield made a modeling debut and appeared in a Vogue December 2009 issue alongside Lily Cole as Hansel in the photographed retelling of Hansel and Gretel.


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Lions for Lambs Todd
Boy A Jack British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl Francis Weston
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Anton
2010 Never Let Me Go Tommy post production
The Social Network Eduardo Saverin

Television credits

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Swinging Various roles
Sugar Rush Tom
2006 Simon Schama's Power of Art: Caravaggio Boy
2007 "Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks" Frank Doctor Who
Freezing Kit
Trial & Retribution XI: Closure Martin Douglas
2009 Red Riding Eddie Dunford

Stage credits

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Mercy Deccy Soho Theatre
Kes Billy Manchester Royal Exchange
2005 The Laramie Project various characters Sound Theatre
Romeo & Juliet Romeo Manchester Royal Exchange
2006 Beautiful Thing Jamie Sound Theatre
Burn / Chatroom / Citizenship Birdman/Jim/Stephen Royal National Theatre
The Overwhelming Geoffrey UK tour

Radio credits

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Church Robert
Caesar Antinous radio series; guest role


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