Andrea Riseborough

Birthday: Oct 27, 1981
Birthplace: Not Available
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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
54% Burden Judy 2019
7% The Kindness of Strangers Alice 2019
91% Mandy Mandy 2018
85% Nancy Nancy Freeman 2018
96% The Death of Stalin Svetlana Stalin 2018
86% Battle of the Sexes Marilyn Barnett $12.6M 2017
73% Nocturnal Animals Alessia $10.7M 2016
56% Shepherds and Butchers Kathleen Marais 2016
100% The Witness for the Prosecution Romaine Heilger 2016
No Score Yet Hidden Claire 2015
91% Birdman Laura 2014
28% The Silent Storm Actor 2014
83% Shadow Dancer Colette $99.6K 2013
53% Oblivion Victoria "Vika" Olsen $89.1M 2013
70% Disconnect Nina Dunham $1.5M 2013
48% Welcome to the Punch Sarah Hawks $7.3K 2013
13% W.E. Wallis Simpson $0.6M 2012
51% Brighton Rock Rose Brown $0.3M 2011
65% Resistance Sarah Lewis 2011
80% Made in Dagenham Brenda $1.1M 2010
69% Never Let Me Go Chrissie $2.5M 2010
29% Mad, Sad & Bad Actor 2009
92% Happy-Go-Lucky Dawn $3.5M 2008
No Score Yet Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher 2008
33% Magicians Danni 2007
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton Actor 2006

TV

CREDIT
68% Waco
2018
Judy Schneider
  • 2018
84% Black Mirror
2011
  • 2017
91% National Treasure
2016-2018
Dee Finchley
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Witness for the Prosecution
2016
Romaine Heilger
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
62% Bloodline
2015-2017
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Myra
  • 2007

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