Andrew Garfield’s filmography has inspired many starlets within and outside the industry. Before finding fame as an actor, Andrew Garfield participated in swimming and gymnastic activities in his younger age. Even though he took up acting lessons at the age of nine in Guildford, Surrey, England, his original intention was to major in business but he quickly switched his interest to acting at the age of sixteen after his friend encouraged him to give Theatre Studies a try at A-level.
During the period he was studying in Guildford, Andrew was able to bag a role in the stage production of Bugsy Malone which was produced by a youth theatre. He later joined an Epsom, Surrey-based youth theatre workshop group before moving to the UK conservatoire – the Central School of Speech and Drama – where he spent three years.
Garfield passed out with his mates in 2004 and started lending his expertise to stage acting. In 2004 alone, the actor featured in the theatrical productions of Mercy (as Deccy) and Kes (as Billy) at the Soho Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange respectively until 2005 when he earned his first TV role in the teen thriller drama, Sugar Rush.
The actor made his first film appearance in 2005 in the short film Mumbo Jumbo as Simmo and eventually starred in an American film for the first time in 2007 in the war drama film, Lions for Lambs. Remarkably, Andrew featured in the masterpiece alongside Hollywood heavyweights Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Tom Cruise. His performance in the project would earn him the role of Jack Burridge/Eric Wilson in the same year in the British TV film Boy A, for which he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.
Apart from his stints in TV and films, Garfield also has slews of theatrical productions under his belt. He has over ten credited roles in stage drama and has won accolades, including a Tony Award from numerous nominations. We have compiled in this article, the list of the actors best and worst projects from the year he debuted till now. Check below for Andrew Garfield filmography.
Andrew Garfield Filmography and Movies List – Best To Worst
The Social Network (2010)
One of the movies that easily comes to mind whenever Andrew Garfield filmography is mentioned is The Social Network. It is a film that was directed by David Fincher and produced by Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, and Ceán Chaffin. The project was created based on the happenings in the book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, which was written in 2009 by Ben Mezrich. The film itself documents the establishment of one of the leading social networking websites Facebook as well as the resulting lawsuits.
Andrew Garfield played the fictional character, Eduardo Saverin, while Jesse Eisenberg starred as Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, and Max Minghella as Divya Narendra. The film was a massive success both critically and commercially and apart from its high rating by audience and film critics, it earned Garfield five prestigious awards from 12 nominations.
The film itself has received several awards from nominations and holds the record as the 27th among the 21st century’s best 100 films, as voted by 117 film critics from across the world. At the box office, the film grossed a whopping $224.9 million from a budget of $40 million.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
From its ensemble cast to the film direction, visual style, and other impressive elements, The Amazing Spider-Man is everything you need in a superhero fantasy film. As for Andrew, he did put a fantastic performance, one that has won him slews of nominations at several awards events. The film tells the story of how a teenager, Peter Parker (Garfield), who was raised by his uncle and aunt after his parents abandoned him, tried to find out his real personality and feelings for his first crush, Gwen Stacy. The Amazing Spider-Man is most critics’ favorite and a hit at the box office, earning $757.9 million from a budget of $230 million.
Red Riding (2009)
Red Riding is one of the best television series Andrew Garfield has starred in. This masterpiece is put together by David Peace and Tony Grisoni and features notable thespians like Mark Addy, Jim Carter, Shaun Dooley, Sean Bean, and Warren Clarke. Garfield played the role of Eddie Dunford in three episodes of the series which aired on the British TV network, Channel 4.
Although the actor is yet to win any award for his performance in Red Riding, the series itself bagged The TV Dagger at the Crime Thriller Awards in 2009. The project is critical acclaim with Rotten Tomatoes handing it an impressive 90% score and Metacritic 77%.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
This film is widely adjudged as the best of Andrew Garfield movies in the industry and for so many reasons, both the actor and the film deserves the praises and accolades they’ve received. Over the course of his career, Garfield has not made too many appearances in biographical films but we totally agree that he convincingly delivered a stunning performance in Hacksaw Ridge.
Starring Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, Luke Bracey as Smitty Ryker, Richard Roxburgh as Col. Stelzer, Vince Vaughn as Sergeant Howell, Teresa Palmer as Dorothy Schutte, Doss’s wife, and Sam Worthington as Captain Jack Glover, the incredible movie was inspired by the 2004 documentary, The Conscientious Objector.
It was written by Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight and directed by Mel Gibson and follows Doss (a soldier) as he becomes rejected and an outcast among his fellow soldiers for objecting to train on Saturdays and handle a rifle. In the long run, he is honored and celebrated for saving 75 soldiers at Hacksaw Ridge.
The war film won Andrew six awards from 17 nominations as well notable praises from critics and audience for his performance. Hacksaw Ridge grossed $175.3 million from $40 million budget and earned several awards and nominations, topping many lists of 2016 Top 10 films.
This Hollywood project documents the story of British campaigner for disabled people, Robin Cavendish, and his journey. The English man, who passed on the 8th of August 1994, was paralyzed from the neck down at the age of 28 after he fell ill with polio in Kenya in December 1958.
Andrew Garfield was cast as a lead character, playing Robin Cavendish while Claire Foy played the role of Diana Cavendish, Robin’s loving wife. Garfield’s performance in this biographical film met the expectations of the audience while a handful of film review sites gave the film an average score. Directed by Andy Serkis, Breathe was made with a decent budget of $4 million and earned $15 million at the box office.
Lions for Lambs (2007)
Despite the presence of Hollywood heavyweights such as Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, and almost doubling the total amount that was invested in its making, Lions for Lambs is considered one of the worst war films in the movie industry. It earned disappointing scores on most film review sites including Rotten Tomatoes where it received 27% score approval.
Lions for Lambs, which featured Garfield as Todd Hayes, is one of the actor’s worst career project. The 88 minutes long film tells the story of the relationship between a reporter, a platoon of the U.S soldiers based in Afghanistan, a California college professor, and a United States senator.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Directed by Justin Chadwick, The Other Boleyn Girl was released in 2008 and stars Eric Bana, Mark Rylance, Natalie Portman, Jim Sturgess, and Scarlett Johansson. It is a historical romantic drama film that follows the schemes of power-hungry men and two sisters in the Tudor court of King Henry VIII as they contend for his love. The film made $45 million from a budget of $30 million but earned average scores from film critics and the audience. The Other Boleyn Girl occupies a disappointing position on the list of Andrew Garfield movies and didn’t earn him any nomination or award.
Sugar Rush (2005)
Andrew Garfield filmography boasts a good number of wonderful television shows, of which Sugar Rush is among. Originally released in 2005, the project is a British romantic-dramedy that was created based on Julie Burchill’s novel, Sugar Rush. It was broadcast by Channel 4 and had 2 series and 20 episodes. The TV series is critical acclaim and one of the best TV series featuring Garfield. The project was nominated in 2007 for the Best Drama Series BAFTA Television Award and also received the 34th International Emmy Award. Sugar Rush tells the story of 15-year-old Kim Daniels (a lesbian) and her journey from London to Brighton, England.
Doctor Who (2007)
This TV show was produced in the year 1963 by the BBC. Andrew starred as Frank in two episodes of the show – “Daleks in Manhattan” and “Evolution of the Daleks”. It is a British science-fiction TV show that documents the escapades of an extraterrestrial being and Time Lord known as “the Doctor”. The series has been a huge success ever since it began airing. Garfield featured alongside British actress Carey Mulligan.
Boy A (2007)
Produced by Lynn Horsford, Boy A is a British film that was adapted from the critically acclaimed novel Boy A written by Jonathan Trigell. Like the novel, the film is a huge success as well. Talking about Garfield’s role, it was nothing short of stunning. The actor won an award for Best Actor – International Competition in the year 2010 at CinEuphoria Awards and a nomination for Best Actor – Male from Royal Television Society in 2008 for his performance in the project.