Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough Biography

Andrea Louise Riseborough (born 20 November 1981) is an English stage and film actress. Her film appearances include Birdman, Oblivion, Welcome to the Punch, Disconnect, Shadow Dancer, W.E., Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go, Happy-Go-Lucky, and Venus.

Early life

Riseborough was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, the daughter of Isabel (ne Johnson), a secretary, and George Riseborough, a car dealer. She grew up in Whitley Bay, England. In reference to The Long Walk To Finchley, she has described her parents as "working class Thatcherites".

At an early age, she appeared at the People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, in the play Riding England Sidesaddle by Christopher Goulding, as Celia Fiennes, and was a member of the Young People's Theatre for five years. Riseborough spent her schooldays at the independent school, Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School on Tankerville Terrace in Jesmond. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005. Andrea is a member of National Youth Theatre

Her younger sister Laura Riseborough, also a pupil at Newcastle Church High School, studied acting at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the East 15 Acting School.


She appeared in the 2010 films Made in Dagenham and Mark Romanek's adaptation of Never Let Me Go. She starred in the US premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell's award-winning The Pride at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in January 2010. The production was directed by Joe Mantello and co-starred Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw.

She appears in Rowan Joffe's film adaptation of Brighton Rock alongside Helen Mirren and John Hurt. She worked with The Devil's Mistress author Peter Flannery on his screenplay based on the life of Angelica Fanshawe with Michael Fassbender.

Riseborough played the role of Wallis Simpson in W.E., a film directed by Madonna. She stars alongside Michael Sheen and Iwan Rheon in Resistance, an adaptation of an Owen Sheers novel. The film was released on 25 November 2011.

She writes with her creative partner, the actor Tom Burke, and with Mike Leigh. Riseborough starred with Alexander Skarsgrd in the thriller Hidden, a low-budget film directed by Matt and Ross Duffer. Hidden was released for streaming September 2015.

She appeared alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013), in a supporting role.

She co-starred in the acting ensemble of Birdman, which won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards. Riseborough also shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the film.

Riseborough will star as Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It at the National Theatre's Olivier stage in November 2015. Polly Findlay will direct. (Riseborough has withdrawn from the cast for personal reasons.)

She will co-star opposite Steve Coogan in apartheid drama Shepherds and Butchers, which begins shooting June 15, 2015 in South Africa.

Riseborough joined the cast of Netflix's Bloodline for Season 2, as a series regular character, Evangeline.

Awards and nominations

In 2009 she was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for playing the title character in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley. She won the Royal Television Society Award and The Broadcasting Press Guild for her role in The Devil's Whore. In 2007 she won the Ian Charleson Award for her performances as Isabella in Measure For Measure and as the title character in Miss Julie both directed by Sir Peter Hall. She was nominated as London Newcomer of the year at the 2005 Theatre Goers Choice Awards for A Brief History of Helen of Troy at the Soho Theatre. In 2007 she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in The Pride. She was nominated at the 2008 Theatre Goers Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for The Pain and the Itch. Riseborough was a recipient of the Shooting Stars Award from the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. For her performance in W.E. she was honored with the Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight award. Riseborough won the Best Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards 2012 for the role of Colette McVeigh in the film Shadow Dancer.

Selected credits

Year Title Role Format
2001 A Cat in the Road Daughter The Customs House, South Shields
2005 A Brief History of Helen of Troy Charlotte UK tour
A Very Social Secretary Amanda TV
Whatever Love Means Anna Wallace
Doc Martin Samantha TV series: 1 episode
2006 Burn Linda National Theatre
Chatroom Emily
Citizenship Chantel/Tarot reader's daughter
Measure For Measure Isabella Theatre Royal, Bath
Miss Julie Miss Julie
Venus Actress
The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton Myra TV
2007 Party Animals Kirsty TV series
Magicians Dani
The Pain and the Itch Kalina Royal Court Theatre
Blood Wedding Leonardo's wife/Girl BBC Radio 3/Audiobook
2008 Love You More Georgia Short film
Happy-Go-Lucky Dawn
Being Human (Pilot) Annie TV
A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians Dzina Soho Theatre
The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher TV film
Nominated"?British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
Ivanov Sasha Wyndhams Theatre
The Devil's Mistress Angelica TV miniseries
RTS Television Award for Best Actor (Female)
2009 O.P.C. (Obsessive Political Correctness) Santa Monica Bay Woman"?s Club (rehearsed reading)
Mad Sad & Bad Julia
2010 The Pride Sylvia MCC Theater
Made in Dagenham Brenda
Never Let Me Go Chrissie
Brighton Rock Rose Nominated"?BIFA Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated"?BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
2011 Resistance Sarah
W.E. Wallis Simpson
2012 Shadow Dancer Colette McVeigh BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actress
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actress of the Year
Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Performance in British Feature Film (shared with Brid Brennan)
Disconnect Nina Dunham
2013 Welcome to the Punch Sarah Hawks
Oblivion Victoria
Mrs Fox BBC Radio 4/BBC National Short Story Award(2013) / Audiobook
2014 Birdman Laura Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble
Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards for Best Ensemble
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Ensemble Cast
North Texas Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Film Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast 2nd Place
Nominated - Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated - Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated - Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
The Silent Storm Aislin
2015 Hidden Claire Streaming video and DVD
2016 Shepherds and Butchers Kathleen Murray
Bloodline Evangeline Radosevich Netflix original series - Season 2
2017 Battle of the Sexes Marilyn Barnett
The Death of Stalin Svetlana Stalin
The Witness for the Prosecution Romaine BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie's short story

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