‘Spartacus’ Star Andy Whitfield Reveals Cancer Illness


In January it was revealed that Dexter star Michael C. Hall was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer and today we are learning that Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield has, too, contracted a treatable form of cancer. Whitfield has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and, as a result, has had to halt production on the second season of his hit Starz series Spartacus. I understand that Whitfield should be able to fully treat his illness because, thankfully, it was detected in the early stages:

Sad news: Andy Whitfield, who’s currently starring in the Starz drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately in New Zealand. As a result, production on the second season of Spartacus — which was scheduled to get underway later this month — has been delayed. Whitfield’s cancer was detected early and his prognosis is good. “I’m receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me,” said Whitfield in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy,” said Starz president Chris Albrecht. “His health, of course, is our primary concern. He has our complete support during this difficult time.” Spartacus’ first season concludes April 16.

This is both very sad and yet very hopeful news. I’m very happy to know that Whitfield caught this illness in the early stages, which will greatly increase his chances at full recovery. David is a huge fan of Spartacus: Blood and Sand and from what I’ve seen, the show is pretty good. I sincerely hope that Andy Whitfield is able to beat this disease so he can get back to work on season 2 of his hit show. Let’s send all of our thoughts and prayers out to Andy today to help fortify his efforts to BEAT his illness. Get well soon, Andy!


  • Meg

    Is this going to be the new thing happening to tele stars now? My gosh. Who’s next?

  • jessica

    @Meg It’s a shame you can make such an insensative comment when someone is battling the big Cancer.
    Celebrities are human but they have the ability to reach many people, reminding others to get checked (early detection can save a life) and possibly to inspire them to fight it if they are diagnosed.

  • Dach

    “the new thing happening”. For you should be to think before you type. Senseless comments that are not needed!!!!

    @Trent…….I love the show and sorry to here his diagnosis. I hope since they caught in the early stages he will be able to recover quickly. Whenever the show returns I will most certainly will be watching.

  • AnonInSoCal

    I fought back–and fought back hard– against NHL 15 years ago. I wish this guy the same success I had.

  • Meg

    It wasn’t meant to be insensitive. It was a comment on a new obstacle Hollywood seems to be dealing with lately. I did think before I typed, thank you. I usually do. Hollywood stars are always dealing with something and it’s surprising that cancer seems to be hitting a lot of people out there these days. It was a comment from a shocked reader and was thus, a comment that was typed to be read as shock. Not to shock the reader.
    Read more carefully and consider that no one makes fun of cancer. Calm down. Have a nice day.

  • Brandi

    If Andy Whitfield reads this i do have some good news. My aunt was diagnosed with the very same thing, and they caught it early just like you. It has been almost a year since her diagnosis. And I am pround to say that she is completely cancer free. She is active and healty and back to her normal self again. So, I hope that this will definately give you hope on your fight. Be strong and think positive.

  • I think Andy Whitfield is phenomenal. His performance in last night’s episode was awesome. Ever since I heard the new, I’ve been praying for him. Now only is he HANDSOME, but he is a good actor. The show would not be the same without him. I think you’re dynamite, Andy. If you read this, I hope you know that we do care for ya!!!!!

  • i love you, you’re a beautiful man and fantastic actor! you really moved me and i know you’re going to beat this illness! my thoughts and prayers are with you,,hang in there, stay strong and come back for season2 …”SPARTACUS” !!

  • Victoria

    Prayers b with Andy and his family ..

  • Victoria

    I love his acting in Spartacus, It is a GREAT show!! Get well soon Andy !!

  • I think Andy will be all right, moreover, one of the producers said in an interview that Andy feels good and treatment is successful. He is a fighter and a fighter! I’m sure everything would be all right and he will take this test! I wish Andy a full and fast recovery.

  • Debra

    I’m just glad Andy Whitfield will be returning. I didn’t know he was ill and when I saw the new guy I was angry. I even refused to watch the Series until it became very interesting.
    Spartacus (Andy) will alway be my favorite. But I have really enjoyed the (6) episodes.

    I know, Andy will be fine. YA! I am delighted there will be a Second Season. I watched every episode more than once.