Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough

Riseborough at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards in 2012
Born Andrea Louise Riseborough
(1981-11-20) 20 November 1981
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Height 5 ft 5.5 in (1.66 m)[1]

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 Johnson, a secretary, and George Riseborough, a car dealer.[2][3] She grew up in Whitley Bay. In reference to The Long Walk to Finchley, she has described her parents as "working class Thatcherites".[4]

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 and 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.


Riseborough and Madonna at the 69th Golden Globe Awards, 15 January 2012

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.[5] The production was directed by Joe Mantello and co-starred Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw.

She appears in Rowan Joffé'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.[3]

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.[3]

She writes with her creative partner, the actor Tom Burke, and with Mike Leigh. Riseborough starred with Alexander Skarsgård in the thriller Hidden,[6] a low-budget film directed by Matt and Ross Duffer.[7] Hidden was released for streaming September 2015.[8]

She appeared alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013), in a supporting role.[9]

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.

She co-starred opposite Steve Coogan in apartheid drama Shepherds and Butchers, which began shooting June 15, 2015 in South Africa.[10][11]

Riseborough joined the cast of Netflix's Bloodline for Season 2, as a series regular character, Evangeline.[12][13]

She will star opposite Garrett Hedlund in Andrew Heckler's indie feature Burden.[14]



Year Film Role Notes
2006 Venus Waitress
2007 Magicians Dani
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Dawn
2010 Made in Dagenham Brenda
2010 Never Let Me Go Chrissie
2010 Brighton Rock Rose
2011 Resistance Sarah
2011 W.E. Wallis Simpson
2012 Shadow Dancer Colette McVeigh
2013 Welcome to the Punch Sarah Hawks
2013 Oblivion Victoria
2014 Birdman Laura
2014 The Silent Storm[15] Aislin
2015 Hidden Claire Streaming video and DVD
2016 Shepherds and Butchers Kathleen Murray
2016 Nocturnal Animals[16] Alessia Holt
2017 Battle of the Sexes Marilyn Barnett Post-production
2017 The Death of Stalin Svetlana Stalin Post-production
2017 The Witness for the Prosecution[17] Romaine BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie's short story
2017 Burden Judy Filming


Year Film Role Notes
2005 A Very Social Secretary Amanda
2005 Whatever Love Means Anna Wallace
2005 Doc Martin Samantha TV series: 1 episode
2006 The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton Myra
2007 Party Animals Kirsty
2008 Being Human Annie Pilot
2008 The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher TV film
2008 The Devil's Mistress Angelica TV miniseries
2016 Bloodline Evangeline Radosevich Netflix original series – season 2
2016 National Treasure[18] Dee Finchley 4-part series – Channel 4


Year Film Role Notes
2001 A Cat in the Road Daughter The Customs House, South Shields
2005 A Brief History of Helen of Troy Charlotte UK tour
Nominated - Theatre Goers Choice Awards
2005 Burn Linda Royal National Theatre
2006 Chatroom Emily
2006 Citizenship Chantel/Tarot reader's daughter
2006 Measure for Measure Isabella Theatre Royal, Bath
Ian Charleson Award
2006 Miss Julie Miss Julie
2007 The Pain and the Itch Kalina Royal Court Theatre
Theatre Goers Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actress 2008
2007 The Pride Royal Court Theatre
Nominated - Lucille Lortel Award
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
2008 A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians Dzina Soho Theatre
2008 Ivanov Sasha Wyndhams Theatre
2010 The Pride[19] Sylvia MCC Theater

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 BAFTA Award British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
The Long Walk to Finchley
RTS Television Award Best Actor (Female)
The Devil's Mistress
2010 BIFA Award Most Promising Newcomer
Brighton Rock
Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film Nominated
2012 BIFA Award Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
Shadow Dancer
Evening Standard British Film Award Best Actress Won
IFTA Award Best International Actress Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award Best British Actress of the Year Nominated
Edinburgh International Film Festival Award Best Performance in British Feature Film Nominated
2014 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Best Ensemble
Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Cast Runner-up
Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Acting Ensemble Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Best Cast Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award Won
New York Film Critics Online Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
North Texas Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Cast Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Acting Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Film Ensemble Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Won


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  2. accessed 11/26/14
  3. 1 2 3 Day, Elizabeth (8 January 2012). "Andrea Riseborough interview: Rise and shine". The Observer. London. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  4. White, Lesley (1 June 2008). "Andrea Riseborough plays the young Margaret Thatcher". The Times. London.
  5. Bamigboye, Baz (26 September 2009). "Gemma Arterton takes her bow in West End debut". Daily Mail. London.
  6. Zimmerman, Samuel (26 September 2009). "Riseborough, Skarsgard "HIDDEN" in Bomb Shelter". Fangoria. New York.
  7. Kit, Borys (26 September 2009). "Andrea Riseborough to Star Opposite Alexander Skarsgard in Warners' 'Hidden' The actress will play Skarsgard's wife in the low-budget horror movie.". Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles.
  8. "Hidden (Review) - INFLUX Magazine".
  9. "Universal Pictures - New Movies In Theaters & Future Releases" (PDF).
  10. "Andrea Riseborough joins Steve Coogan apartheid drama 'Shepherds and Butchers'".
  11. "Shepherds and Butchers -".
  12. "'Birdman' Star Andrea Riseborough Joins 'Bloodline' Cast". 3 September 2015.
  13. "Bloodline's Andrea Riseborough: 'I've always felt confused about being a girl'".
  14. Busch, Anita (6 October 2016). "'Birdman's Andrea Riseborough Takes On 'Burden'".
  15. "The Silent Storm, The London Film Festival". The Times. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  16. "'Nocturnal Animals': Venice Review".
  17. Jaafar, Ali (5 August 2016). "Andrea Riseborough To Board BBC's Agatha Christie Adaptation 'The Witness For The Prosecution'".
  18. "Andrea Riseborough: Already a national treasure".
  19. "The Leonard Lopate Show: The Pride – WNYC". WNYC. Retrieved 28 February 2015.

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