Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough

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Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough 2012.jpg

Riseborough at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards in 2012
Born Andrea Louise Riseborough
(1981-11-20) 20 November 1981 (age 36)
Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, 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 or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Oblivion, Welcome to the Punch, Disconnect, Shadow Dancer, W.E., Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go, Happy-Go-Lucky, Venus, Battle of the Sexes and The Death of Stalin.

Early life[edit]

Riseborough was born in Wallsend, near 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 at the premiere of The Death of Stalin, 2017 Toronto Film Festival

Riseborough 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] She 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 The Duffer Brothers.[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 or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), 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 (2016).[10][11] She joined the cast of Netflix’s Bloodline for Season 2, as a series regular character, Evangeline.[12][13]

She acted as Emma Stone‘s love interest in the biographical sports film Battle of the Sexes, based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.[14] She appeared as Stalin’s daughter in the 2017 comedy-drama film The Death of Stalin and was praised by Variety for the “shrewd, multi-layered complexity” of her performance.[15]

She will star opposite Garrett Hedlund in Andrew Heckler’s indie feature Burden.[16] She has been cast in Waco, a six-part television series about the 51-day 1993 standoff between the ATF, FBI, and David Koresh’s Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas. The first episode was released on 24 January 2018.[17]

Riseborough has been cast in Lone Scherfig‘s The Kindness of Strangers as an ER nurse who runs an eclectic therapy group. The film will start shooting at the iconic Russian Tea Room in the spring of 2018.[18][19][20]

She has been cast to star with Demián Bichir in a Sony remake of The Grudge, which will begin shooting in May 2018.[21]

Riseborough will star along with Gabriel Byrne in the international cocaine trade drama ZeroZeroZero, an eight-part series adapted from the book by Roberto Saviano. The series has started production and will shoot for eight months over three continents and six countries, and will be filmed in six languages. It will debut on Sky in the UK and Amazon in the US in 2019.[22][23]

She will star in Possessor, directed by Brandon Cronenberg from a script he wrote about Tasya Vos (Riseborough), an agent for a secretive organization who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of high-paying clients. The film is to begin shooting in early 2019[24]



Year Film Role Notes
2006 Venus Waitress
2007 Magicians Dani
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Dawn
2008 Love You More school girl @ recordshop
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 Disconnect Nina Dunham
2013 Welcome to the Punch Sarah Hawks
2013 Oblivion Victoria Olsen
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Laura Aulburn
2014 The Silent Storm[25] Aislin
2015 Hidden Claire
2016 Shepherds and Butchers Kathleen Marais
2016 Nocturnal Animals[26] Alessia Holt
2016 Mindhorn[27] DC Baines
2017 Battle of the Sexes Marilyn Barnett
2017 The Death of Stalin Svetlana Stalina
2018 Mandy Mandy Bloom
2018 Nancy[28] Nancy Freeman Also producer
2018 Burden Judy
2019 Grudge
2019 The Kindness of Strangers Alice Post-production


Year Film Role Notes
2005 A Very Social Secretary Amanda TV movie
2005 Whatever Love Means Anna Wallace TV movie
2005 Doc Martin Samantha Episode: “The Family Way”
2006 The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton Myra TV movie
2007 Party Animals Kirsty 8 episodes
2008 Being Human Annie Episode: “Pilot
2008 The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher TV movie
2008 The Devil’s Whore Angelica Miniseries; 4 episodes
2016 Bloodline Evangeline Radosevich 8 episodes
2016 National Treasure[29] Dee Finchley 4-part series
2016 The Witness for the Prosecution[30] Romaine Heilger 2 episodes; BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short story
2017 Black Mirror Mia Nolan Episode: “Crocodile
2018 Waco[17] Judy Schneider Six-part series


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
2008 A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians Dzina Soho Theatre
2008 Ivanov Sasha Wyndhams Theatre
2010 The Pride[31] Sylvia MCC Theater
Nominated – Lucille Lortel Award
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 BAFTA Award British Academy Television Award for Best Actress The Long Walk to Finchley Nominated
RTS Television Award Best Actor (Female) The Devil’s Mistress Won
2010 BIFA Award Most Promising Newcomer Brighton Rock Nominated
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 Won
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 Birdman Won
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
2017 Savannah Film Festival Outstanding Supporting Actress Award [32][33][34] Battle of the Sexes Won
BIFA Award Best Supporting Actress The Death of Stalin Nominated

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