Andrew Russell Garfield was born on August 20, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, and was raised in Epsom, Surrey, in the UK. He is known for his film appearances, including an Oscar-nominated turn as Desmond T. Doss in Hacksaw Ridge, his Golden Globe-nominated performance as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network, and as the titular character in both The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Garfield moved from LA to the UK at the age of three. He developed an interest in the theatre at a young age, taking acting classes in Guildford, Surrey, from age 9, joining a small youth theatre workshop group in Epsom, and appearing in a youth theatre production of Bugsy Malone. He attended the Priory Preparatory School in Banstead, followed by City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead and, after taking a Theatre Studies A Level, he successfully auditioned for the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He graduated in 2004.
After picking up a role in Mercy at the Soho Theatre, an Off-West End venue, in 2004, he earned his first major stage credits in the UK with the roles of Billy in Kes and Romeo Montague in Romeo & Juliet at the Manchester Royal Exchange in 2004 and 2005, respectively. He returned to the London stage and made his National Theatre debut in the 2006 production of Burn / Chatroom / Citizenship, before embarking on the UK tour of The Overwhelming. Garfield finally made his Broadway debut in 2012, when he was cast as Biff Loman in an acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and Linda Emond. He went on to earn a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play that same year. In 2017, Garfield returned to the National Theatre in London as Prior Walter in the revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.
Garfield's television and film career began in 2005 in the UK. His British television debut came in the form of the Channel 4 teen drama Sugar Rush, which led to appearances on two episodes of the BBC's fan favorite Doctor Who in 2007. Later that year he would make his American film debut, starring alongside Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, and Robert Redford in Lions for Lambs. He won a BAFTA TV Award in 2008 after starring in Channel 4's TV movie Boy A and minor roles in The Other Boleyn Girl and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus would follow. His last work for television was the 2009 Channel 4 three-part drama Red Riding, in which he played Eddie Dunford.
After starring in Never Let Me Go in 2010, his film career skyrocketed after being cast as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network. The role garnered him both a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA nomination (as well as a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination) in 2011. After this international breakthrough, Garfield was cast to play Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Sony Pictures' new reboot of the popular Marvel franchise. He portrayed the iconic character in both The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. Since then, Garfield has starred in and co-produced the independent film 99 Homes, worked under the direction of Martin Scorsese in 2016's Silence, and and worked under Andy Serkis in 2017's Breathe. His most critical success came perhaps with the Mel Gibson-helmed Hacksaw Ridge, which led to Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations in 2017.
Garfield reprised his performance as Prior Walter in the Broadway transfer of the National Theatre production of Angels in America from February 23 to July 15, 2018.