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Andrea Riseborough Biography
- Andrea Louise Riseborough (born 27 October 1981) is an English actress. Riseborough grew up in Whitley Bay. In reference to The Long Walk To Finchley, she has described her parents as "working class Thatcherites".
Andrea Riseborough Filmography
- (2015) The White Circus as
- (2014) Birdman as Laura
- (2014) The Silent Storm as Aislin
- (2013) Hidden as Claire
- (2013) Oblivion as Victoria
- (2013) Welcome to the Punch as Sarah Hawks
- (2012) Disconnect as Nina Dunham
- (2012) Shadow Dancer as Collette
- (2012) The 84th Annual Academy Awards as Herself
- (2012) The Agenda with Tom Bradby as Herself - Guest
- (2012) W.E. UK Premiere Red Carpet Featurette as Herself
- (2011) Resistance as Sarah
- (2011) The Big Picture as Herself
- (2011) W.E. as Wallis Simpson
- (2010) Brighton Rock as Rose
- (2010) Made in Dagenham as Brenda
- (2010) Never Let Me Go as Chrissie
- (2009) Mad Sad & Bad as Julia
- (2008) Being Human as Annie
- (2008) Happy-Go-Lucky as Dawn
- (2008) Love You More as Georgia
- (2008) Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley as Margaret Thatcher
- (2008) The Devil's Whore as Angelica Fanshawe
- (2007) Behind the Tricks: Making 'Magicians' as Herself
- (2007) Magicians as Dani
- (2007) Party Animals as Kirsty MacKenzie
- (2007) The Graham Norton Show as Herself
- (2006) The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton as Myra
- (2006) Venus as Period Film Lover
- (2005) A Very Social Secretary as Amanda
- (2005) Doctor Who Confidential as Kirsty MacKenzie (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (2005) Made in Hollywood as Herself
- (2005) The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as Herself - Guest
- (2005) Whatever Love Means as Anna Wallace
- (2004) Doc Martin as Samantha
- (2003) Jimmy Kimmel Live! as Herself - Guest
- (2000) Breakfast as Herself - Actress
- (1975) Good Morning America as Herself - Guest
Andrea Riseborough Trivia and Facts
- Is a former member of the National Youth Theatre. Appeared as "Bone Girl" in an amateur production of "Dog Days", which won the 1999 Mike Figgis Award.
- Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).
- Won the 2006 Ian Charleson Award which recognizes exceptional classical stage performances from actors under 30, for her performances in "Miss Julie" in "Measure For Measure".
- Member of the National Youth Theatre.
- Hailed by The Sunday Times Magazine as one of Britains finest Rising Stars along with Romola Garai , Matthew Goode , Hugh Dancy , Eddie Redmayne , Gemma Arterton , Hayley Atwell , Richard Coyle , Tom Sturridge , Rachel Hurd-Wood , Eliza Bennett , Daniel Mays and Kaya Scodelario (2009).
- 2011: Named as one of European films Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
- In a relationship with graffiti artist Joe Appel since 2009.
- Graduated from RADA 2005.
- Born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne and partly raised in Whitley Bay.
- Educated at Independent School, Newcastle upon Tyne and Church High School, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Sister Laura studying acting at East 15 Acting school.
Andrea Riseborough Quotes
- I love my work and I love working hard. But I feel lucky every day that in this capitalist society in which we live, one can make ones living doing what one loves.
- If I werent an actress Id like to be an author. Either that or the proprietor of a pool hall in Texas where Id show cabaret with homosexual undertones.
- [on working with Madonna in W.E. (2011) ] She always said, "Im here if you need anything from me", but she gave us a sense of freedom in regards to embodying the characters. When it came to shooting, shes a very visual, detailed director. She loves blocking things out. Before I walked on-set, she would choose my shoes and jewelery. It was her little ritual.
- [on Edward, Duke of Windsor] I was fascinated by this detail in a documentary about Edward. When he and Wallis were living together, he would wait at the bottom of the stairs while she was dressing. After a certain amount of time, the butler would bring him a chair, and he would sit and wait. In a little more time, the butler would bring him a cigarette, and hed sit there and smoke and wait. Hed wait and wait. Sometimes she would come down and they would leave. And sometimes hed wait so long that he would end up in tears. Theres something about that story that hit me in my heart.
- I have lots of early film memories. I used to like watching black & white movies in the afternoon; I would sit kind of transfixed in front of the TV screen.
- Initially when you get the script, you peruse the script. It was so simple with Brighton Rock (2010) . The feeling, intuitively, was there. Its like reading a half of a whole, and you see the other half. Thats not to say that youre destined to play every role you respond to like that, nor is it to say that you might find enough of them. But there are certain things, as an actress, that youre interested in exploring. I was really interested in exploring Rose. It was beautiful and hard and exciting and tragic and wonderful.
- What Id like to say is that I feel sad that, where female characters are involved, we constantly reduce the film... because you and I both know that if this were a film with two male leads, we wouldnt even be having a conversation about gender.
- Its different working with every director because by a persons nature, their personality and who they are very much dictates the way that they approach their art, so its always different. I so much enjoyed working with Madonna . She was so prepared and so passionate and truly innovative in her approach. It was wonderful.
Andrea Riseborough Other Works
- Appeared in "A Cat in the Road", The Customs House, Tyne and Wear
- (2005) Played "Charlotte" in "A Brief History of Helen of Troy", a new play by
- 'Mark Schultz (VII)' - Actors Touring Company/Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK tour
- (2006) Played "Isabella" in 'William Shakespeare (I)' 's "Measure For Measure" and the title character in 'August Strindberg' 's "Miss Julie" - 'Peter Hall (I)' Company, Theatre Royal Bath/ Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Festival (2006).
- (2007) Played "Kalina" in the UK premiere of 'Bruce Norris' ' "The Pain and the Itch", Royal Court Theatre, London (2007).
- Played Linda in "Burn", Emily in "Chatroom" and Chantel in
- "Citizenship", three short plays for young people - National Theatre,
- London (2006).
- (2008) Played "Dzina" in "A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians", a new play by 'Dorota Maslowska' - Soho Theatre, London (2008).
- (2008) Played "Shasha" in 'Anton Chekhov' 's "Ivanov" - Wyndham's Theatre, London (2008).
- Played Leonardo's Wife/Girl in "Blood Wedding" by 'Federico García Lorca' - BBC Radio 3 (2008).
- (2006) She acted in the 'Peter Hall (I)' Company production of the following plays: 'William Shakespeare (I)' 's play, "Measure for Measure", 'Frank McGuinness' ' translation of 'August Strindberg' 's play, "Miss Julie", 'Alan Bennett (I)' 's play, "Habeas Corpus", 'John Osborne (II)' 's play, "Look Back in Anger" and 'Samuel Beckett' 's play, "Waiting for Godot", at the Theatre Royal in Bath, England with 'Richard Dormer' , 'James Laurenson (I)' , 'Edward Bennett (I)' , 'Barry Stanton (I)' , 'Michael Mears (I)' , 'Annette Badland' , 'Teddy Kempner (I)' , 'Ben Turner (V)' , 'Susie Trayling' , 'Paul Bentall' , 'Caitlin Mottram' , 'Malcolm Ridley (I)' , 'Pauline Turner' , 'James Fleet (I)' , 'Joanna McCallum' , 'Alan Dobie' and 'Terence Rigby' in the cast. 'Peter Hall (I)' , 'Rachel O'Riordan' and 'Peter Gill (IV)' were the directors.