Andrea Riseborough
Birth Date:
October 27, 1981
Birth Place:
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
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Shadow Dancer


English actress Andrea Riseborough gained recognition for her portrayal of Collette McVeigh in the film “Shadow Dancer” (2012), from which she took home an Evening Standard British Film Award, a London Critics Circle Film ALFS Award, a British Independent Film Award, an Edinburgh International Film Festival Award and an Irish Film and Television nomination. She also received accolades for her performances in the Madonna directed movie “W.E.” (2011), the TV miniseries “The Devil's Whore” (2008) and the TV film “Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley” (2008).  Riseborough is also known for her roles on “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008), “Made in Dagenham” (2010), “Never Let Me Go” and “Oblivion” (2013). She also has gained acknowledgment for her stage work.  

Riseborough has been in a relationship with graffiti artist Joe Appel since 2009.     


Childhood and Family:

Andrea Riseborough was born Andrea Louise Riseborough on November 20, 1981, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK. She was educated at Independent School, Newcastle upon Tyne and Church High School, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in 2005. Andrea has a younger sister named Laura.  



Andrea Riseborough launched her acting career in 2005 following her graduation from RADA. The year saw her appear in the television movies “A Very Social Secretary” and “Whatever Love Means” and make a guest appearance in an episode of “Doc Martin” called The Family Way.” She also played Charlotte in the UK Tour of “A Brief History of Helen of Troy.” In the following year,  Riseborough appeared in the National Theatre productions of “Burn,” “Chatroom,” and “Citizenship,” and she was honored with the 2006 Ian Charleson Award in the category of  exceptional classical stage performances from actors under 30 thanks to her performances in “Miss Julie” and “Measure For Measure.” The same year, she made her feature film debut with a bit part as period film lover in the Academy Award nominated British comedy/drama film “Venus,” starring Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips, Vanessa Redgrave and Jodie Whittaker, and portrayed Myra in the made for TV film “The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton.”  

In 2007, Riseborough starred opposite Patrick Baladi, Andrew Buchan, Matt Smith, Raquel Cassidy and Shelley Conn in the television series “Party Animals,” which ran from January 31 to 21 March 2007. She was cast as Dani in the British comedy film “Magicians” and played Kalina in Royal Court Theatre's production of “The Pain and the Itch.”

Riseborough's performances again gained recognition, and she was handed the 2009 Royal Television Society (RTS) Television Award for Best Actor (Female) for her turn as Angelica Fanshawe in the TV miniseries “The Devil's Whore” (2008) and also won the 2009 Broadcasting Press Guild Best Actress Award for her work in both “The Devil's Whore” and the TV film “Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley” (2008). 2008 also saw roles on the film “Happy-Go-Lucky,” the short “Love You More” and a TV pilot called “Being Human.” On stage, she performed on “A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians” at the Soho Theatre and Ivanov  at the Wyndhams Theatre.         

In February 2010, Riseborough starred as Sylvia in the off-Broadway play “The Pride,”  directed by Joe Mantello. Her co-stars in the play included Hugh Dancy, Adam James and Ben Whishaw. She co-starred opposite Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield in the well received drama film “Never Let Me Go” (2010), which is based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name, and worked with Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Jaime Winstone, Daniel Mays and Richard Schiff in “Made in Dagenham” (2010).
Riseborough also offered a fine turn as a young waitress named Rose on the big screen adaptation of Graham Greene's book, “Brighton Rock,” which was scripted and helmed by Rowan Joffé. For her work in the film, she was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards  for Most Promising Newcomer and Best Actress.   

In 2011, Riseborough starred as Wallis Simpson on romance/comedy film “ W.E,” which was directed, co-written and co-produced by Madonna. The role brought her the Spotlight Award at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival. The same year, she was cast opposite Michael Sheen and Iwan Rheon on “Resistance,” an adaptation of an Owen Sheers novel.

The actress enjoyed a big success in 2012 thanks to her glowing starring turn as Collette McVeigh in “Shadow Dancer,” an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Tom Bradby. The role earned her an Evening Standard British Film for Best Actress, a London Critics Circle Film's ALFS for British Actress of the Year, a British Independent Film for Best Actress and an Edinburgh International Film Festival for Best Performance in a British Feature Film. She also was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actress. The same year, she played the role of Nina Dunham in the American thriller movie “Disconnect,” opposite Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Alexander Skarsgard, and Max Thieriot.

In 2013, Riseborough gained widespread attention for playing Victoria in “Oblivion,” opposite Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko. The post-apocalyptic science fiction film was a commercial success outside of the US. She also starred with James McAvoy and Mark Strong    in the British thriller film “Welcome to the Punch” (2013).  

Riseborough will have roles on upcoming films like Alejandro González Iñárritu's “Birdman” (2014, with Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Amy Ryan), “The Silent Storm” (2014, with Damian Lewis and Kate Dickie), “Hidden” (2014, with Alexander Skarsgard and Emily Alyn Lind) and “The Money” (2014, TV).      


Evening Standard British Film: Best Actress, “Shadow Dancer,” 2013
London Critics Circle Film: ALFS Award, British Actress of the Year, “Shadow Dancer,” 2013
British Independent Film: Best Actress, “Shadow Dancer,” 2012
Edinburgh International Film Festival: Best Performance in a British Feature Film, “Shadow Dancer,” 2012
Hollywood Film Festival: Spotlight Award, “W.E.,” 2011
Broadcasting Press Guild: Best Actress, “The Devil's Whore” and “Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley,” 2009
Royal Television Society, UK: RTS Television Award, Best Actor (Female), “The Devil's Whore,” 2009 Show Less
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Filmmaker James Marsh tested London commuters while shooting tense new drama Shadow Dancer when he shot his leading lady Andrea Riseborough pretending to leave a bomb at one of the city's Underground...
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Tom Cruise suits up while arriving at the world premiere of his new flick Oblivion held at the Village Recoleta Cinema on Tuesday (March 26) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.The 50-year-old actor was joined...
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