Actor Andrew Garfield arrived on the Hollywood scene in the mid- to late 2000s, with supporting roles in a pair of big-screen releases: he performed alongside Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, and Meryl Streep in Redford's directorial outing Lions for Lambs (2007) and then signed for a part in Terry Gilliam's fanciful morality tale Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009). But it turned out to be another 2009 project that gave him his breakthrough when he earned strong reviews for his work in the Red Riding trilogy. He parlayed that into an impressive 2010 when he starred in the Never Let Me Go, and played the co-founder of Facebook in David Fincher's The Social Network. Hot from that, he signed to play Spider-Man in a reboot of the successful superhero franchise. The first film in that new series hit screens in summer of 2012.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Born in Los Angeles but raised in England by a British mother and American father; has dual citizenship.
- Was a gymnast and swimmer in school.
- Got his first two professional acting jobs before he'd graduated from college.
- Was named Outstanding Newcomer at the 2006 Evening Standard Theater Awards for his stage work on the West End.
- Shared the 2007 London Theatre Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award with Connie Fisher.
- First big-screen role was in the Robert Redford-directed Lions for Lambs (2007).