Andrea Riseborough

It is alright if the name Andrea Riseborough seems a little unfamiliar. Though the actress has been a rising star in her native England for years, beginning with her role as an ambitious Labour Party researcher on the ... Read more »
Born: 10/27/1981 in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (17)

Hidden 2015 (Movie)

Claire Hewitt (Actor)

Birdman 2014 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The Silent Storm 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Disconnect 2013 (Movie)

Nina Dunham (Actor)

Oblivion 2013 (Movie)

Victoria (Actor)

Shadow Dancer 2013 (Movie)

Collette (Actor)

Welcome To the Punch 2013 (Movie)

Sarah Hawks (Actor)

Brighton Rock 2011 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Resistance 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

Wallis Simpson (Actor)

Made in Dagenham 2010 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Never Let Me Go 2010 (Movie)

Chrissie (Actor)

Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 (Movie)

Dawn (Actor)

Love You More 2008 (Movie)

Georgia (Actor)

Magicians 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Party Animals (Movie)

Kirsty MacKenzie (Actor)

Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

It is alright if the name Andrea Riseborough seems a little unfamiliar. Though the actress has been a rising star in her native England for years, beginning with her role as an ambitious Labour Party researcher on the political satire "Party Animals" (BBC Two, 2007), the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate has only appeared on American audiences' radars since 2011, when she portrayed American divorcee and future Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson in Madonna's divisive "W.E." But those intervening four years found the preternaturally observant Riseborough pack in several memorable performances: she earned a BAFTA nomination for her nuanced turn as a young Margaret Thatcher in the made-for-TV movie "Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley" (BBC 4, 2008); was cast as a strong-willed factory machinist in the union drama "Made in Dagenham" (2010); and found the strong heart of a naively trusting wife in the 2010 remake of Graham Greene's "Brighton Rock." Her affinity for portraying determined women matched up perfectly with her role as Wallis Simpson, whose romance with King Edward VIII caused him to abdicate his throne in 1936 so they could marry. The film's controversial reception did nothing to slow the thoughtful actress' burgeoning career, however, and in 2012 she earned critical acclaim for her role as an IRA-member-turned-informant in "Shadow Dancer," set in '90s Belfast. Her next role, as a mysterious drone supervisor opposite Tom Cruise in the big-budget "Oblivion" (2013), highlighted her ability to shift from intense period piece to glossy Hollywood sci-fi. With a startling intensity and wise-beyond-her years talent, Andrea Riseborough is one to watch.

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

2005

Milestones

2013

Cast opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi adventure "Oblivion"

2012

Played an IRA member in "Shadow Dancer"

2010

Featured in "Made in Dagenham"

2010

Cast in "Brighton Rock"

2007

Portrayed a Labour Party researcher on BBC Two's "Party Animals"

2006

Made film debut in "Venus"

Bonus Trivia

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"That’s one of the reasons I’m most excited about what I do because I feel that it might even afford us the chance to have many great, very different perspectives on the world. And that’s a great thing." - from Indiewire.com, May 31, 2013

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Won the Ian Charleston Award, given to outstanding classical performaces by young actors, in 2006 for her roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions "Miss Julie" and "Measure for Measure"

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"That's part of the reason I walk around a lot. I take the bus everywhere, because I need to. I mean, more than that, I enjoy it. People are fascinating. They're so unique and I think what's more fascinating is the reason behind the physical characteristic, the enigma, that's where the gold dust is." - from Guardian.co.uk, Jan. 7. 2012

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Prepares for her roles by watching archival footage and studying photographs

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