“Spartacus” filming on hold, Andy Whitfield treated for cancer


“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” star Andy Whitfield announced that he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately in New Zealand, where the series for Starz network is shot.

Whitfield said the cancer was diagnosed during a routine checkup as he prepped for the sophomore season of “Spartacus.” The actor’s doctors have stated his condition is very treatable, and was detected in its early stages.

“I’m receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me,” says Whitfield.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy. His health, of course, is our primary concern. He has our complete support during this difficult time,” said Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz.

The second season was scheduled to begin shooting shortly in New Zealand, but has been postponed to accommodate the lead actor’s treatment.

The season finale for the first season of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” will air Friday, April 16th.