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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
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First Appeared:
In the movie Hidden: Terror en Kingsville
Latest Project:
Movie The Death of Stalin 2017-12-31
Known For
Poster of Love You More
Poster of The White Circus
Movie The White Circus 2018
Movie Hidden: Terror en Kingsville 2018
Movie The Death of Stalin 2017-12-31
Movie Shepherds and Butchers Kathleen Marais 2016-02-13
Movie National Treasure 2016-09-20
Movie Под покровом ночи Alessia 2016-11-04
Series National Treasure Danielle “Dee” Finchley 2016-09-20
Movie That Dog Stacey 2015-09-01
Movie Затаившись Claire 2015-09-15
Movie Злая кровь Georgia 2014-03-04
Movie Бёрдмэн Laura 2014-10-17
Movie The Silent Storm Aislin 2014-10-14
Movie Добро пожаловать в капкан Sarah Hawks 2013-03-15
Movie Обливион Victoria 2013-04-10
Movie Связи нет Nina Dunham 2012-09-11
Movie Тайный игрок Colette McVeigh 2012-02-12
Movie Resistance Sarah 2011-11-25
Movie МЫ. Верим в любовь Wallis Simpson 2011-09-01
Movie Last Will Julia 2011-03-22
Movie Брайтонский леденец Rose 2010-09-13
Movie Сделано в Дагенхэме Brenda 2010-09-11
Movie Не отпускай меня Chrissie 2010-09-15
Movie Mad Sad & Bad Julia 2009-07-31
Series Быть человеком Unknown 2009-01-25
Movie Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher 2008-01-01
Movie Беззаботная Dawn 2008-04-18
Series The Devil's Whore Angelica Fanshawe 2008-11-19
Movie The Devil's Whore Angelica Fanshawe 2008-11-19
Movie Love You More Georgia 2008-02-05
Series Party Animals Kirsty MacKenzie 2007-01-31
Movie Party Animals 2007-01-31
Movie Фокусники Danni 2007-05-18
Movie Venus Period Film Lover 2006-09-02
Movie A Very Social Secretary 2005-10-10
Series Доктор Мартин Unknown 2004-09-02
Movie Obiettivo ragazze Wallis Simpson 1963-08-05
Movie The Desert Song Kathleen Marais 1943-12-17