Andy Whitfield (1972-2011)
I was very saddened to hear this evening that Andy Whitfield, the actor who played Spartacus in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. My husband and I are huge fans of his work on Spartacus, and our prayers are with his wife and children.
But to me, he will also always be my Jamie. When I was planning What We Deserve, my newly-home-from-the-Army-and-out-to-his-parents protagonist was modeled after him. In my head, I can't see Jamie without seeing Andy Whitfield.
He was a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone, a gifted photographer, engineer (no really!) and a brilliant actor. Andy’s incandescent film presence made men want to be him and women want to marry him. Andy’s two babies will always know that their Daddy cherished them and their mother, Vashti, above all things. How lucky we were to have him grace all our lives. Godspeed, Andy! ~ Lucy Lawless