Andy Whitfield Bows Out Of ‘Spartacus’ As Cancer Returns

Andy Whitfield will not be returning for the second season star of Starz’s ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand,’ as he instead undergoes “aggressive treatment for a recurrence of cancer,” his publicist says in a statement cited by The Hollywood Reporter. The Welsh-born actor, 35, had been diagnosed with treatable Stage 1 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early March, […]

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‘Spartacus’ Prequel Promises More Drama, Battles and Creative Cursing

‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘ quickly became Starz’s most popular original series, with its blend of sophisticated historical drama and intense violence and sex.  Sadly, just as the show was taking off, Andy Whitfield (who plays Spartacus) was diagnosed with cancer.  Fortunately, he has now recovered and was in fighting form at the San Diego Comic-Con […]

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Starz Channel Plans Prequel to ‘Spartacus’ Series

NEW YORK — A prequel to the Starz channel’s hit series ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘ is in the works. Andy Whitfield played the gladiator hero in its breakout first season and will briefly appear in the prequel. But co-stars Lucy Lawless and John Hannah take center stage for the six-episode miniseries leading up to Spartacus’ arrival […]

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‘Spartacus’ Star Has Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

NEW YORK – Andy Whitfield, who plays the title role in the Starz Original series ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand,’ has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The British-born actor will begin treatment immediately. The network says the cancer was discovered during a routine checkup as Whitfield prepared to begin shooting the second season of the action-adventure […]

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Starz Thrills And Shocks With ‘Spartacus’

By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer NEW YORK — ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘ isn’t exactly put-your-feet-up-and-relax television. Premiering on cable’s Starz network at 10 p.m. EST Friday, this new action-adventure series grabs you with its raciness, derring-do and visual pizazz. It’s based on the real-life Thracian slave-turned-rabblerouser from the first century B.C. (and, a couple […]

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