Andrea Riseborough

27 Oct 1981


Actress Andrea Riseborough caused a veritable sensation in her native Britain during the 2000s, with a succession of remarkable portrayals (character and lead roles) that resisted typecasting through their stunning diversity. A native of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Riseborough left school at age 17 and resisted the idea of attending university at first, but ultimately enrolled at London's legendary Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where she began to specialize in playing virginal innocents. The homogeneity of those assignments was reportedly frustrating for the blossoming thespian, though she had the epiphany that "all virgins are different," and began to excel by locating the psychological and dramatic uniqueness (the core) of each new character. The ability to do so helped the upstart secure a highly regarded agent by her third year at RADA.
Following graduation, the then-ingenue spent time waitressing, directed a succession of short films, launched a greeting-card firm, and took Cantonese language lessons, but soon found herself magnetically drawn back to acting. In that sphere, two remarkable tendencies emerged: a chameleon-like ability to adapt her personality and behavior to suit the material at hand, and a proclivity for exhaustively researching parts prior to beginning work. Her research, for example, carried her to Croatia for a lengthy period (as preparation for The Pain and the Itch) and prompted her to read everything she could get her hands on about onetime prime minister Margaret Thatcher (as preparation for her portrayal of a young Thatcher in the English telemovie Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley [2008]). Also in 2008, she teamed up with succès d'estime Mike Leigh for a small supporting role, as Dawn, in that director's seriocomedy Happy-Go-Lucky.

Significantly, Riseborough remained equally active in other venues, particularly theater, with acclaimed performances in productions of Miss Julie, Dog Days, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and other plays. She could also be seen on television, where she turned viewers' heads as the sexually voracious Kirsty on the series Party Animals. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


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Filmography (21 titles)

(movie, 2019)
···The Kindness of Strangers
Role: Actor (as Alice)
(movie, 2018)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Mandy Bloom)
(movie, 2017)
···The Death of Stalin
Genre: Comedy, History
Role: Actor (as Svetlana Stalin)
(movie, 2017)
···Battle of the Sexes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Marilyn Barnett)
(movie, 2016)
···Nocturnal Animals
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Alessia Holt)
(movie, 2015)
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Role: Actor (as Claire)
(movie, 2015)
···The White Circus
Genre: Fantasy
Role: Actor
(movie, 2014)
···The Silent Storm
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Aislin)
(movie, 2014)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Laura Aulburn)
(movie, 2013)
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Victoria Olsen)
(movie, 2013)
···Welcome to the Punch
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sarah Hawks)
(movie, 2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nina Dunham)
(movie, 2012)
···Shadow Dancer
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Colette McVeigh)
(movie, 2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
By: Madonna
Role: Actor (as Wallis Simpson)
(movie, 2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
By: Madonna
Role: Actor (as Wallis Simpson)
(movie, 2010)
···Made in Dagenham
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Brenda)
(movie, 2010)
7.3Never Let Me Go
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Romance
Role: Actor (as Chrissie)
(movie, 2010)
···Brighton Rock
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Rose)
(movie, 2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dawn)
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Margaret Thatcher)
(movie, 2006)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Period Film Lover)