Andrea Louise Riseborough
20 November 1981
Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
Andrea Louise Riseborough (born 20 November 1981) is an English actress. She made her film debut with a small part in Venus (2006), and has since appeared in more prominent roles in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Never Let Me Go, Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham (all 2010), W.E. (2011), Shadow Dancer, Disconnect (both 2012), Welcome to the Punch, Oblivion (both 2013), Birdman (2014), Nocturnal Animals (2016), Battle of the Sexes, The Death of Stalin (both 2017), Mandy, Nancy (both 2018), The Grudge, and Possessor (both 2020). For her performance as a recovering addict in the drama To Leslie (2022), Riseborough received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Outside of film, Riseborough received a BAFTA nomination for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the television film The Long Walk to Finchley (2008), and won critical acclaim for her performances in the Channel 4 miniseries The Devil's Whore (2008) and National Treasure (2016), as well as the BBC One miniseries The Witness for the Prosecution (2016). Her stage credits include August Strindberg's Miss Julie, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (Theatre Royal, Bath, both 2006) and Anton Chekhov's Ivanov (West End, 2008).
Riseborough was born in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne, the daughter of Isabel Johnson, a secretary, and George Riseborough, a car dealer. She grew up in Whitley Bay. In reference to The Long Walk to Finchley, she has described her parents as "working-class Thatcherites."
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. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2005 and was a member of the National Youth Theatre..
Riseborough appeared in the 2010 films Made in Dagenham and Mark Romanek's adaptation of Never Let Me Go. She starred in the American premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in January 2010. The production was directed by Joe Mantello.
She appears in Rowan Joffé's film adaptation of Brighton Rock. She worked with The Devil's Mistress author Peter Flannery on his screenplay based on the life of Angelica Fanshawe. She played the role of Wallis Simpson in W.E., a film directed by Madonna. She stars in Resistance, an adaptation of an Owen Sheers novel. The film was released on 25 November 2011.
She writes with her creative partner, actor Tom Burke, and with Mike Leigh. Riseborough starred in the thriller Hidden, a low-budget film directed by the Duffer Brothers. Hidden was released for streaming September 2015.
She appeared in Oblivion (2013), in a supporting role. 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 shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the film.
She co-starred in apartheid drama Shepherds and Butchers (2016). She joined the cast of Netflix's Bloodline for season 2, as a series regular character, Evangeline.
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. 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.
She starred in Andrew Heckler's indie feature Burden. She was cast in Waco, a six-part television series about the Waco siege. The first episode was released on 24 January 2018.
Riseborough has been cast in Lone Scherfig's The Kindness of Strangers as an ER nurse who runs an eclectic therapy group. The film started shooting at the Russian Tea Room in the spring of 2018.
She starred in a Sony remake of The Grudge. The film was released on 3 January 2020.
Riseborough starred in the international cocaine trade drama ZeroZeroZero, an eight-part series adapted from the book by Roberto Saviano, which had its debut on Sky in the UK and Amazon Prime in the US in 2020.
She starred in Possessor—written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg—as Tasya Vos, 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 had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020.
In 2022, Riseborough appeared in the film To Leslie, for which she received critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Numerous celebrities praised her performance publicly and on social media, and hosted screenings during the voting period for the Academy Award nominations in January 2023. Her unexpected To Leslie nomination has generated some questions, and without referring to her, the Board of Governors has pledged to "review of the campaign procedures around this year's nominees, to ensure that no guidelines were violated, and to inform us whether changes to the guidelines may be needed in a new era of social media and digital communication."
Riseborough in 2020 revealed that she met the 'love of her life', Karim Saleh, while working on the set of Luxor. Previous to that she was reportedly in a long term relationship with Joel Apel from 2009 to 2016.
|Denotes productions that have not yet been released|
|2006||Venus||Period Film Lover|
|Love You More||Georgia||Short film|
|2010||Made in Dagenham||Brenda|
|Never Let Me Go||Chrissie|
|2012||Shadow Dancer||Colette McVeigh|
|2013||Welcome to the Punch||Sarah Hawks|
|2014||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)||Laura Aulburn|
|The Silent Storm||Aislin|
|2016||Shepherds and Butchers||Kathleen Marais|
|Nocturnal Animals||Alessia Holt|
|2017||Battle of the Sexes||Marilyn Barnett|
|The Death of Stalin||Svetlana Stalina|
|Nancy||Nancy Freeman||Also producer|
|2019||The Kindness of Strangers||Alice|
|2020||The Grudge||Detective Muldoon|
|The Electrical Life of Louis Wain||Caroline Wain|
|2022||Please Baby Please||Suze|
|To Leslie||Leslie Rowlands|
|Matilda the Musical||Mrs. Wormwood|
|What Remains||Anna Rudebeck|
|2005||A Very Social Secretary||Amanda||Television film|
|Whatever Love Means||Anna Wallace|
|Doc Martin||Samantha||Episode: "The Family Way"|
|2006||The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton||Myra||Television film|
|2007||Party Animals||Kirsty||Main role (8 episodes)|
|2008||Being Human||Annie||Episode: "Pilot"|
|The Long Walk to Finchley||Margaret Thatcher||Television film|
|The Devil's Whore||Angelica Fanshawe||Miniseries (4 episodes)|
|2016||Bloodline||Evangeline Radosevich||Main role (8 episodes)|
|National Treasure||Dee Finchley||Miniseries (4 episodes)|
|The Witness for the Prosecution||Romaine Heilger||Miniseries (2 episodes)|
|2017||Black Mirror||Mia Nolan||Episode: "Crocodile"|
|2018||Waco||Judy Schneider||Miniseries (6 episodes)|
|2020||ZeroZeroZero||Emma Lynwood||Lead role (8 episodes)|
|2001||A Cat in the Road||Daughter||The Customs House, South Shields|
|2005||A Brief History of Helen of Troy||Charlotte||Soho Theatre|
|Burn||Linda||Royal National Theatre|
|Measure for Measure||Isabella||Theatre Royal, Bath|
|Miss Julie||Miss Julie|
|2007||The Pain and the Itch||Kalina||Royal Court Theatre|
|2008||A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians||Dzina||Soho Theatre|
|2010||The Pride||Sylvia||MCC Theater|
|2005||WhatsOnStage Awards||London Newcomer of the Year||A Brief History of Helen of Troy||Nominated|
|2006||Ian Charleson Award||Measure for Measure / Miss Julie||Won|
|2007||WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Play||The Pain and the Itch||Nominated|
|2009||British Academy Television Awards||British Academy Television Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Awards||Best Actor (Female)||Won|
|2010||British Independent Film Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||The Pride||Nominated|
|Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Won|
|2012||British Independent Film Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film||Won|
|Evening Standard British Film Award||Best Actress||Won|
|Irish Film and Television 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||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 Awards||Best Ensemble||Won|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Cast||Nominated|
|Georgia Film Critics Association Awards||Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards||Won|
|New York Film Critics Online Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|
|North Texas Film Critics Association Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Film Ensemble||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Won|
|Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards||Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Won|
|2017||Savannah Film Festival||Outstanding Supporting Actress Award||Won|
|British Independent Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Death of Stalin||Nominated|
|2018||Sitges Film Festival||Best Actress||Nancy||Won|
|2020||British Independent Film Awards||Best Actress||Luxor||Nominated|
|2022||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||To Leslie||Nominated|
|Gijón International Film Festival Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Raindance Film Festival Awards||Best Lead Performance||Won|
|2023||Academy Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Chlotrudis Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Lead Performance||Nominated|