"Spartacus" Television Series
“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” starring Andy Whitfield, is the first season of Starz’ original hit series, “Spartacus,” the action-adventure drama, set in the brutal Roman gladiator era. Shot and produced in New Zealand, the series’ four seasons include, “Vengeance,” “War of the Damned,” and the six-part prequel filmed when Andy Whitfield was in treatment for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, “Gods of the Arena.”
The “Spartacus” series was inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian soldier in the Roman Auxiliary, who was taken prisoner and sentenced to die in the gladiator arena. After surviving, against all odds, Spartacus’ sentence was commuted to slavery and he was bought by Batiatus to be trained as a gladiator in the Ludus, with the promise of one day being reunited with his wife, Sura. Andy himself describes Spartacus as having a dangerous edge, being “a beast with a heart,” and having a fire that burns within. Against all odds, Spartacus’ courage, determination, intense love for his wife and powerful fighting skills drive him to survive and win near-impossible battles. Spartacus eventually led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic.
Some of the notable actors in the series include, Jai Courtney, John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Katrina Law, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Erin Cummings, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Nick E. Tarabay and Craig Parker. Creator, Executive Producers and Producers include, Steven S. DeKnight, Robert Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen, Chloe Smith, Charles Knight and Aaron Lam.
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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.