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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 The White Circus
Latest Project:
Movie Mandy 2018-09-13
Known For
Poster of Birdman oder (Die unverhoffte Macht der Ahnungslosigkeit)
Poster of W.E. Die Romanze des Jahrhunderts
Poster of Die Magier - Nichts als fauler Zauber
Poster of Doc Martin
Movie The White Circus 2019
Series The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher 2019
Movie Burden Judy 2018-01-18
Movie Nancy Nancy Freeman 2018-06-08
Movie Mandy Mandy Bloom 2018-09-13
Movie The Death of Stalin Svetlana Stalin 2017-10-20
Movie Battle of the Sexes - Gegen jede Regel Marilyn Barnett 2017-09-05
Movie Im Todestrakt Kathleen Marais 2017-05-12
Movie National Treasure 2016-09-20
Movie Nocturnal Animals Alessia Holt 2016-11-04
Movie Agatha Christie's Zeugin der Anklage Romaine Heilger 2016-12-26
Movie Mindhorn DC Elena Baines 2016-10-09
Movie That Dog Stacey 2015-09-01
Movie Hidden - Die Angst holt dich ein Claire 2015-09-15
Series Anclados Rose 2015-05-25
Movie Silent Storm Aislin 2014-10-14
Movie Birdman oder (Die unverhoffte Macht der Ahnungslosigkeit) Laura Aulburn 2014-08-27
Movie Oblivion Victoria Olsen 2013-04-10
Movie Enemies - Welcome to the Punch Sarah Hawks 2013-03-15
Movie Shadow Dancer Colette McVeigh 2012-02-12
Movie Disconnect Nina Dunham 2012-09-11
Movie Resistance Sarah 2011-11-25
Movie W.E. Die Romanze des Jahrhunderts Wallis Simpson 2011-09-01
Movie We Want Sex Brenda 2010-09-11
Movie Alles, was wir geben mussten Chrissie 2010-09-15
Movie Mad Sad & Bad Julia 2009-07-31
Series Being Human Unknown 2009-01-25
Movie Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher 2008-01-01
Movie Happy-Go-Lucky Dawn 2008-04-18
Series Die Mätresse Des Teufels Angelica Fanshawe 2008-11-19
Movie Love You More Georgia 2008-02-05
Series Party Animals Kirsty MacKenzie 2007-01-31
Movie Die Magier - Nichts als fauler Zauber Danni 2007-05-18
Movie Venus Period Film Lover 2006-09-02
Movie A Very Social Secretary 2005-10-10
Series Doc Martin Unknown 2004-09-02
Movie Future Force Danielle 'Dee' Finchley 1989-02-08