Whitfield himself describes Spartacus as having a dangerous edge, being "a beast with a heart" and a fire that burns within. audiences, Whitfield has performed with acclaim in numerous Australian drama series, including "Mc Leod's Daughters," "Packed to the Rafters," "The Strip" and "Out of the Blue." He starred as Gabriel, the archangel fighting to bring light to purgatory in "Gabriel," a performance which earned him a best newcomer nomination at the Filmink Awards.
Whitfield won the role after what executive producer Rob Tapert describes as a worldwide search for a talented actor who has so far flown under Hollywood's radar, but who after Spartacus will be highly sought after. "Gabriel," directed by Shane Abbess, was nominated for the Australian Film Institute Award for best visual effects and was one of Australia's highest grossing films of 2007.
"Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have helped carry him to this point.
He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was." The cable network Whitfield called home also released a statement on his passing.
Andy Whitfield heads the cast of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," a Starz original action-adventure drama series, set in the brutal Roman gladiator era.