Andrew Russell Garfield (born 20 August 1983) is a British-American actor. With a dorky smile, a friendly disposition, and heaps of talent, it's not hard to see why Garfield is one of the most sought after actors working today.
Garfield was born in Los Angeles, to a British mother and an American father, and is of English and Polish Jewish descent. He has spent most of his life in the UK. If you're on TV Tropes at all, then you've probably seen him in a television show or two. With a BAFTA for his performance for Boy A, it was strange that Hollywood didn't pay that much attention to him in the earlier years of his career.
That is, until he burst onto the scene with his performance as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network and as Tommy in Never Let Me Go, both released in 2010. (Also in 2010, he starred in a delightful short film called I'm Here. Trailer here ) Showing some amazing skill and giving some wonderful and heart-wrenching performances in both of his films, Hollywood has taken notice.
His Star-Making Role was Spider-Man in the short-lived The Amazing Spider-Man Series. He then appeared in historical dramas such as Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese's Silence. When he is not on screen, he has been known to take on theatre roles such as Prior Walter in Angels in America, for which he won a Tony Award.
- Boy A (2007)
- Lions for Lambs (2007)
- The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
- Red Riding (2009)
- Never Let Me Go (2010)
- The Social Network (2010)
- The Amazing Spider-Man Series and Marvel Cinematic Universe as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
- 99 Homes
- Hacksaw Ridge (2016) — Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
- Silence (2016)
- Under the Silver Lake (2019)
- The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
- tick, tick... BOOM! (2021) — Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
- Under the Banner of Heaven (2022)
Tropes associated with his work:
- Approval of God: Like his predecessor as Spider-Man Tobey Maguire, he is supportive of the latest Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, his successor to the role.
- Creator Backlash: Although he enjoyed portraying Spider-Man, he doesn't seem particularly proud being in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He told interviewers about What Could Have Been prior to some Executive Meddling in the editing room, and actually blew off a dinner meant to announce the third movie. Sony was seriously considering firing him and replacing him with another actor a la Batman Forever, but the series was canceled before anything could come to fruition (and Spider-Man was recast anyway for a Continuity Reboot set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though he and fellow cinematic Spider-Man Tobey Maguire came back in Spider-Man: No Way Home via Multiverse shenanigans).
- Fake American: Although American-born, he was raised his entire life in Surrey, predominantly speaks in a thick British accent, and identifies himself as British. He's played plenty of Americans, including Spider-Man.
- Irony As He Is Cast: Two of his biggest roles, Hacksaw Ridge and Silence, have him playing a devoted Christian, but Garfield himself is actually very Jewish, and even then by his own admission a Jewish Agnostic.
- Manly Tears: One of his specialties: he pulls it off marvelously.
- Promoted Fanboy: To the point that he actually shed tears when he got to wear the Spider-Man suit for the first time.
- Romance on the Set: He dated Emma Stone, his co-star in The Amazing Spider-Man Series, for four years before they broke up in 2015.