Andy Whitfield has found out he has cancer in the very early stage and needs urgent treatment to deal with the problem. He has been staring in Spartacus which has proved very popular for visitors to this website and for the TV station Starz that commisioned the series.
The series and Andy had an early vote of confidence from Starz when, even before the first episode has been shown, it had a second season commissioned. This was about to start filming but has been put on hold will the actor gets treatment for the problem.
We all wish him well and look forward to him being able to undertake the filming.
The official release from the network…
Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ Star Andy Whitfield Diagnosed With Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Production on second season of the hit Starz series delayed to accommodate treatment
LOS ANGELES, March 9 /PRNewswire/ — Andy Whitfield, who plays the title role in Starz Original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” announced today he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately in New Zealand. Whitfield discovered the cancer during a routine checkup as he prepped for the sophomore season. Andy’s doctors have stated his condition is very treatable, and was detected in its early stages.
“I’m receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me,” says Whitfield.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy,” says Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz. “His health, of course, is our primary concern. He has our complete support during this difficult time.”
The second season was scheduled to begin shooting shortly in New Zealand, but has been postponed to accommodate Andy’s treatment.
“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” has been a breakout success for the Starz network. The first season finale airs Friday, April 16th.