Spartacus’s Andy Whitfield is Cancer-Free, Starts Shooting in October

Good news, fans of over-the-top Roman orgies and bloody gladiatorial combat — “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” star Andy Whitfield is cancer-free, and has been for the last five weeks. With his potentially threatening medical situation (he was diagnosed with Stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma just as Season 2 of “Spartacus” was supposed to start shooting) out of the way, Whitfield is now set to return to gladiator boot camp in July.

Shooting on the second season of “Spartacus”, a major hit for fledgling network Starz, will re-commence sometime in October after the network wraps up the 6-episode “prequel” interlude that was announced weeks ago. The prelude was a response to Whitfield’s sudden diagnosis, and is meant to tie fans over until Whitfield could return to shoot season 2. Whitfield’s Spartacus is confirmed to appear in at least two of those episodes. I suspect it’s probably the first and last episodes, just to bookend it.

Meanwhile, fans of “Spartacus” can catch the actor and his co-stars at this year’s Comic Con, where the show will be making its second appearance. I was at the panel last year, and the show had a pretty extensive presence throughout the event.

Dude just beat cancer. You want a piece of him?



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  • hooligan03

    Thats good to hear. I liked this show and was bummed when they said he had cancer and that season 2 was on hold.

  • TlF

    So happy for Andy! I hope he takes the full time to recover because his health is so important. While I am elated for him and his family as well as the show…I sure hope he doesn't push it either and goes back to training before his body is fully ready. This is one awesome show though. I was so saddened when I heard the news of his cancer and now I am so so happy he is cancer free. Way to go Andy….our “one and only Spartacus”!

  • hooligan03

    Thats good to hear. I liked this show and was bummed when they said he had cancer and that season 2 was on hold.

  • TlF

    So happy for Andy! I hope he takes the full time to recover because his health is so important. While I am elated for him and his family as well as the show…I sure hope he doesn't push it either and goes back to training before his body is fully ready. This is one awesome show though. I was so saddened when I heard the news of his cancer and now I am so so happy he is cancer free. Way to go Andy….our “one and only Spartacus”!

  • Alisah

    This is wonderful news! Andy faught the disease like a true gladiator!
    Like what TIF says above, I hope he takes the time to fully recover and begins training only when his body is completely ready.

    Andy, we are looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the cast in Season 2