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The Rise And Rise Of Andrew Garfield
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If you went to see The Amazing Spider-Man this week and came away a little bit in love with its star, you may be wondering what you’ve seen him in before and, more pertinently, what you should watch to see him in next. Here’s a quick guide to how Andrew Garfield ended up in Spider-Man’s jumpsuit, and what’s next for the rising star...

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The Rise And Rise Of Andrew Garfield | Boy A (2007)
Boy A (2007)

A Channel 4 adaptation of Jonathan Trigell’s 2004 novel, this was the film that got Garfield noticed. A fictional take on a Jamie Bulger-like case, this sees the actor as Jack Burridge, one of two child murderers, who’s released from prison after serving 14 years for a still-controversial crime and is shrouded in anonymity to give him a chance to build his own life. Known as 'Boy A' to the criminal justice system and renamed Eric Wilson as he strikes out alone, Garfield’s character is a young man tortured by a past he can never entirely shake off and isolated by his fear that it will forever colour his world. Peter Mullan is the sympathetic rehabilitation worker who tries to help him rebuild his identity, but this is very much Garfield’s film, the actor mixing sensitivity and nervy likeability with a sense of the darkness underneath. This is still the performance often name-checked by directors as the reason they wanted to work with Garfield, and garnered the actor a TV BAFTA for Best Actor for his turn. Not a bad start for a leading man, all things considered.

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1 Never Let Me Go
I just watched this movie this past weekend and was moved as very few movies have moved me. It is an incredible movie and heartbreaking. I watched it twice it two days just because I wanted to watch it again. Andrew & Carey Mulligan are especially great here. If you haven't seen it, go watch it as soon as possible. More

Posted by troyalg on Wednesday July 11, 2012, 19:51

2 Another one missed
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus!!! More

Posted by emilyburning on Tuesday July 10, 2012, 18:27

3 Hey you missed one!
He was in series 3 of Doctor Who, in the Dalek two parter episodes in 2007. This was the first time I ever saw him in anything More

Posted by ZachBobBob on Monday July 9, 2012, 13:20

4 Gifted
Red Riding is one of the more difficult things I've attempted to watch; although the second was lesser and the third was probably better as it added the conclusive nature of the crimes, plus it was Robert Sheehan's best part in the final stretch of his journey, it's always the first one that sticks with me. Trephining and Peter Mullan aside it was Garfield's confidence that really sold it. Plus his scene with Sean Bean at the end, not only was it assured acting but it was just insanely tense, gorgeously shot and utterly memorable. Boy A was all those things combined at well, I can still remember his tiny gestures, that desperate look of acceptance in his eyes. Most gorgeous of all was the sheer pleasure of accepting a gift from Peter Mullan, some gawdy trainers, which he picked up, gazed at with sheer amazement. Of course it was the gesture that caught him the most but the idea that someone gave him such a thing just astounded him and it was all there. That was his first scene and More

Posted by kisswithatear on Monday July 9, 2012, 11:06

5 Boy A
Garfield was amazing in Boy A. One of the most touching performances I've ever seen, reminded me of Bjork in Dancer in the Dark. More

Posted by Count Karnstein on Friday July 6, 2012, 20:03

6 Red Riding
I first saw Garfield in Red Riding and thought he was excellent. As films, I thought Lions for Lambs and Never Let me go were a bit average but were well watchable because of Garfield. Personally I cant watch any film that has Keira Knightly in but because of Garfield I gave it a go. Really excited about watching Boy A. Cant believe it has passed me by. More

Posted by guysalisbury on Friday July 6, 2012, 12:35

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I love Andrew Garfield, every piece of work he's done, films, TV, has been brilliant. his performance unbelievable, I'm seriously glad he's getting recognition. & if anybody is a fan of him & Jesse Eisenberg, they should check out all the tumblr's & YouTube videos of them together lol ;) I ship them.... More

Posted by megank13 on Friday July 6, 2012, 09:09

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