Andrew Garfield as Spider Man

Andrew Garfield as Spider Man

Andrew Garfield will see his star rocket this week as he takes on the role of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider Man.

It has been a steady rise to fame in recent years for the Brit actor but all that is about to change as he takes on this iconic character and step into the big budget blockbuster for the first time.

Garfield kicked off his acting career in the theatre and he soon found success when he won the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in Kes back in 2004.

He soon made the transition into TV and found success with the likes of Sugar Rush before going on to the likes of Doctor Who and Trial & Retribution XI: Closure.

It wasn't long before movies came calling and he landed small roles on Lions For Lambs and The Other Boleyn Girl before a bigger role in Boy A.

And Boy A proved to be a huge success for the young star as he went on to win the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 2008 for his stunning central performance.

But it's from 2009 that he has really seen his career soar as he enjoyed major critical success with TV drama Red Riding before moving permanently into movie.

He teamed up with Heath Ledger and Christopher Plummer for the weird and wonderful The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus before going on to The Social Network.

The Social Network was the movie that proved to be the breakthrough for Garfield as he played Eduardo Saverin in the David Fincher film.

The movie was a critical and commercial hit and it dominated the awards circuit and was nominated for a string of Oscars, including Best Picture.

He then teamed up with Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightly in the big screen adaptation of Never Let Me Go - which is a powerful and moving performance from the actor.

But The Amazing Spider Man sees his career move to the next level as he tackle the big budget blockbuster.

He saw off competition from the likes of Logan Lerman and Jamie Bell to land the central role of Parker as the franchise is taken right back to the beginning.

Directed by Marc Webb the film follows a teenage Peter Parker as he tries to uncover why his parents disappeared - a path that sees him come face to face with Dr Curt Connor.

Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Denis Leary are all also on an impressive cast list and The Amazing Spider Man promises to be one of the most successful movies of the summer.

Despite the film only being released this week there is already talk of a sequel and so the future looks bright for this young and very talented actor.

The Amazing Spider Man is out now

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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