Andrew Garfield (born August 20, 1983) is a BAFTA award-winning British actor, known for his roles on stage, film, and television, including the 2007 release Lions for Lambs.
Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of a British mother from Essex and an American father from California. His family moved to England three years after he was born. Garfield is Jewish and was raised in a "middle class home". Garfield's parents ran a small interior design business; his father now works as head coach of a successful swimming club and his mother as a teaching assistant at a nursery school. He was raised in Surrey, England and attended the City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Andrew is currently dating american actress Shannon Woodward. He is highgly allergic to all types of nuts.
Garfield began working primarily as a stage actor. In 2004, he won a MEN Theatre Award for his performance in Kes at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre (where he also played Romeo the year after), and won the outstanding newcomer award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2006.
In October 2007, he was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch". In November 2007, he featured in the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs, playing an American university student, as well as the Channel 4 drama Boy A, for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor in 2008. He appears in the film The Other Boleyn Girl and is currently filming Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. At the Berlinale 2008 (Berlin International Filmfestival) he was one of the shooting stars.