Andrew Garfield

BATD ON Oct 29, 2009 AT 2:38 pm

Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield

Award winning, American-British actor Andrew Garfield is on the rise as one of Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch.” His latest film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,  Garfield’s career began primarily in stage acting and he’s received numerous awards for his performances.  Most notably, he won a BAFTA for Best Actor in 2008 for his leading role in the Channel 4 drama Boy A. It tells the story of a man who is recently released from prison for a murder he committed as a child.

Garfield also had the privilege of making his first film, Lions for Lambs, with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, directed by Robert Redford. Deeply dedicated to the job he promised Redford that he would buff up for the role of the fraternity president, eat more and work out with a personal trainer.

On the question of whether he feels American or British he says simply, “I don’t support a football team. I’ve never had any affinity with any one particular thing. It means I can be in the sun and I don’t have to worry about a visa. My dad is American so I was raised with a certain amount of American culture, movies and music, which I like. My mum is from Essex.”

Filming for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was a challenging experience for Garfield, not only dealing with the death of Heath Ledger, but with a demanding six-month shoot. Now that the film is finished with production Garfield remarks, “I love working, so the idea of unemployment is terrifying.” But Garfield won’t stay unemployed for long. He will soon begin working on his next movie Never Let Me Go, which is due for release next year as well as The Social Network, based on the founders of Facebook.

Unfortunately for all you girls out there, this one’s taken and enjoys a low-key love life out of the media. But with someone like Garfield whose fame only keeps rising that’s proved to be difficult. He is currently dating fellow actress Shannon Woodward and maintains a close relationship with Robert Pattinson.

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