Andrea Riseborough

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Andrea Riseborough
Riseborough at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2012
Andrea Louise Riseborough

Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active2001–present

Andrea Louise Riseborough 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 Miss Julie, Measure for Measure (both 2006) and Anton Chekhov's Ivanov (2008).

Early life[edit]

Riseborough was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the daughter of Isabel, a secretary and beautician, and George, a car dealer.[1] She grew up in Whitley Bay. In reference to The Long Walk to Finchley, she has described her parents as "working-class Thatcherites."[2]

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 was a student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), graduating in 2005 with a BA in Acting Degree (H Level),[3]


Riseborough at the premiere of The Death of Stalin, 2017 Toronto Film Festival

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.[4] 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.[1] 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.[1]

She writes with her creative partner, actor Tom Burke, and with Mike Leigh. Riseborough starred in the thriller Hidden,[5] a low-budget film directed by the Duffer Brothers.[6] Hidden was released for streaming September 2015.[7]

She appeared in Oblivion (2013), in a supporting role.[8] 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).[9][10] She joined the cast of Netflix's Bloodline for season 2, as a series regular character, Evangeline.[11][12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

She starred in Andrew Heckler's indie feature Burden.[15] She was cast in Waco, a six-part television series about the Waco siege. The first episode was released on 24 January 2018.[16]

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.[17][18][19]

She starred in a Sony remake of The Grudge. The film was released on 3 January 2020.[20]

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.[21][22]

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.[23]

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.[24][25] 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."[26][27][28]

Personal life[edit]

Riseborough in 2020 revealed that she met the 'love of her life', Karim Saleh, while working on the set of Luxor.[29] Previous to that she was reportedly in a long term relationship with Joel Apel from 2009 to 2016.[30]

Acting credits[edit]


Denotes productions that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Venus Period Film Lover
2007 Magicians Dani
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Dawn
Love You More Georgia Short film
2010 Made in Dagenham Brenda
Never Let Me Go Chrissie
Brighton Rock Rose
2011 Resistance Sarah
W.E. Wallis Simpson
2012 Shadow Dancer Colette McVeigh
Disconnect Nina Dunham
2013 Welcome to the Punch Sarah Hawks
Oblivion Victoria Olsen
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Laura Aulburn
The Silent Storm[31] Aislin
2015 Hidden Claire
2016 Shepherds and Butchers Kathleen Marais
Nocturnal Animals[32] Alessia Holt
Mindhorn[33] DC Baines
2017 Battle of the Sexes Marilyn Barnett
The Death of Stalin Svetlana Stalina
2018 Mandy Mandy Bloom
Nancy[34] Nancy Freeman Also producer
Burden Judy
2019 The Kindness of Strangers Alice
2020 The Grudge Detective Muldoon
Possessor Tasya Vos
Luxor Hana
2021 Here Before Laura
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Caroline Wain
2022 Please Baby Please Suze
To Leslie Leslie Rowlands
Amsterdam Beatrice Vandenheuvel
Matilda the Musical Mrs. Wormwood
What Remains Anna Rudebeck
2023 Lee Audrey Withers Post-production
TBA Geechee Wren Suspended


Year Title Role Notes
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[35] Dee Finchley Miniseries (4 episodes)
The Witness for the Prosecution[36] Romaine Heilger Miniseries (2 episodes)
2017 Black Mirror Mia Nolan Episode: "Crocodile"
2018 Waco[16] Judy Schneider Miniseries (6 episodes)
2020 ZeroZeroZero Emma Lynwood Lead role (8 episodes)
2024 The Regime TBA Miniseries
TBA Alice & Jack Alice Miniseries[37]


Year Title Role Notes
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
2006 Chatroom Emily
Citizenship Chantel
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
Ivanov Sasha Wyndhams Theatre
2010 The Pride[38] Sylvia MCC Theater

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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[39] 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[40][41][42] Won
British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Death of Stalin Nominated
2018 Sitges Film Festival Best Actress Nancy Won[43]
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


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