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Andrea Riseborough

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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Oct 27, 1981 In Whitley Bay, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Untitled David O. Russell Film
Latest Project:
Movie Please Baby Please 2022
Known For
Poster of W.E.
Poster of Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley
Poster of Party Animals
Poster of The White Circus
Series The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher 2022
Movie Untitled David O. Russell Film 2022
Movie Please Baby Please 2022
Movie The White Circus 2022
Movie The Grudge Detective Muldoon 2020-01-02
Movie Luxor Hana 2020-01-27
Movie Possessor Uncut Tasya Vos 2020-10-02
Movie Burden Judy 2020-02-28
Series ZeroZeroZero Emma Lynwood 2020-02-14
Movie The Kindness of Strangers Alice 2019-12-19
Movie Mandy Mandy Bloom 2018-09-13
Movie Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Herself (archive footage) 2018-08-21
Movie Nancy Nancy Freeman 2018-06-08
Series Waco Judy Schneider 2018-01-24
Movie Battle of the Sexes Marilyn Barnett 2017-09-05
Movie The Death of Stalin Svetlana Stalin 2017-10-20
Movie Shepherds and Butchers Kathleen Marais 2017-05-12
Movie Nocturnal Animals Alessia Holt 2016-11-04
Series National Treasure Danielle 'Dee' Finchley 2016-09-20
Movie Mindhorn DC Elena Baines 2016-10-09
Series The Witness for the Prosecution Romaine Heilger 2016-12-26
Series Bloodline Evangeline Radosevich 2015-03-20
Movie Hidden Claire 2015-09-15
Movie That Dog Stacey 2015-09-01
Movie The Silent Storm Aislin 2014-10-14
Movie Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Laura Aulburn 2014-08-27
Movie Welcome to the Punch Sarah Hawks 2013-03-15
Movie Oblivion Victoria 2013-04-10
Movie Shadow Dancer Colette McVeigh 2012-02-12
Movie Disconnect Nina Dunham 2012-09-11
Movie W.E. Wallis Simpson 2011-09-01
Movie Resistance Sarah 2011-11-25
Series Black Mirror Mia Nolan 2011-12-04
Movie Made in Dagenham Brenda 2010-09-11
Movie Never Let Me Go Chrissie 2010-09-15
Movie Brighton Rock Rose 2010-09-13
Movie Mad Sad & Bad Julia 2009-07-31
Series Being Human Unknown 2009-01-25
Movie Love You More Georgia 2008-02-05
Movie Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher 2008-01-01
Series The Devil's Whore Angelica Fanshawe 2008-11-19
Movie Happy-Go-Lucky Dawn 2008-04-18
Movie Magicians Danni 2007-05-18
Series Party Animals Kirsty MacKenzie 2007-01-31
Movie Venus Period Film Lover 2006-09-02
Movie The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton Myra 2006-10-16
Movie Whatever Love Means Anna Wallace 2005-12-05
Movie A Very Social Secretary 2005-10-10
Series Doc Martin Unknown 2004-09-02