Andy & Vashti Whitfield
Andy Whitfield, British born and Australian actor, loving husband, father, son, brother and all around beautiful person, was publicly best-known for his leading role in the Starz television series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”
Andy was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Amlwch, on the island of Anglesey in Wales. He studied at Sheffield University, in England, and spent five years working in the construction industry in London. He moved to Australia in 1999 and pursued a career as a diagnostic engineer, which required rappelling off the side of tall buildings. After being discovered by a photographer on a Sydney beach, he simultaneously began his career as a top model and actor. He studied drama in Sydney and appeared in multiple television commercials as well as many of Australia’s most popular television series, such as “Opening Up,” “All Saints,” “The Strip,” “Packed to the Rafters” and “McLeod's Daughters.” Andy’s first prominent role was starring as the archangel fighting to bring life to purgatory, in the Australian film “Gabriel.” His dramatic performance earned him a Best Newcomer Nomination at the Filmink Awards. Directed by Shane Abbes, the film was also Nominated for the Australian Film Institute’s Best Visual Effects Award and was one of Australia’s highest grossing films of 2007. This led him to landing his starring role in Starz television’s first big hit series, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” which was filmed in New Zealand. Andy won the role after what Executive Producer, Rob Tapert, described as a worldwide search for a talented actor who had so far flown under the Hollywood radar, but after the role of Spartacus would be highly sought after.
Andy also appeared in the Australian thriller “The Clinic” starring opposite Tabrett Bethell (of “Legend of the Seeker” fame) and made a voice over appearance in the prequel mini-series “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.” He also teamed up with Freddie Wong in the YouTube video, "Time Crisis," based on the video game, which became a viral hit with over 8.5 million views. Andy and his loving wife, Vashti, have two gorgeous children, Indi and Jesse, and a loving family.
Following the loss of her husband to cancer, Vashti Whitfield, has been an incredible force for turning her own personal grief into a catalyst for new life, throwing herself back into work and using her experiences to inspire and facilitate others to realize their full potential and make the most of their lives. While being the best friend and mentor to her celebrity actor husband, Andy Whitfield, publicly well known for his leading role in TV drama, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” Vashti has strived to harness the potential of others, inspiring them to turn their procrastinations and long lost goals into rewarding realities to give their lives greater purpose and direction. With over 15 years’ experience, Vashti also turned back to her international, professional life coaching and facilitating career, focused on the introduction of the legacy theory into corporate culture’s learning and development divisions, with a clients ranging from senior executives to high level professionals. Her commitment to marry the necessity of legacy, with the success of empowered and inner leadership, has her stand apart in capacity to move even the most fixed of mindsets.
Today, Vashti strives to run her life as a devoted parent, a passionate International Leadership Coach, facilitator and presenter, while also striving to inspire people around the world through her blog Maybe McQueen. The blog, which she initially started as a personal homage to her late husband for his fans, is now followed by thousands internationally, who are looking for daily inspiration and guidance in how to get the most out of their personal and professional lives. Vashti has also been involved in the feature length film, “Be Here Now” (The Andy Whitfield Story), which in essence is the moving love story, sharing hers and Andy’s approach to life, love and letting go.
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Maybe McQueen is an homage to my beautiful husband Andy who died of cancer in September 2011, aged just 39. Losing my best friend, the father of my babies, the man I used to laugh with about something ridiculous on a daily basis, has completely broken my heart. At the same time it has fuelled me to get on with my life, to stop waiting until tomorrow when I feel stronger, happier, clearer or braver and to finally back myself in the way that Andy always backed me.