ANDREA RISEBOROUGH is an alumnus of the highly prestigious drama school RADA.
She was signed with a top agent at the beginning of her third year and started
taking external roles. Upon leaving RADA Riseborough landed the role of
compulsive-liar Charlotte in the Oppenheimer Award winning new play "A Brief
History of Helen of
Troy"at the Soho Theatre and was nominated as Best Newcomer for her performance
at the 2005 Theatre Goers Choice Awards.
Her first feature film experience was a cameo role in Rodger Michell's VENUS
with good friend Jodie Whittaker at the end of 2005. Riseborough's first lead
role was in the BBC 2 TV series, "Party Animals," alongside Matt Smith, Raquel
Cassidy and Andrew Buchan. She then went on to film Mike Leigh's HAPPY GO LUCKY
before playing Margaret Thatcher in the critically acclaimed BBC film THE LONG
WALK TO FINCHLEY, for which she was BAFTA nominated in 2008.
Also that year Riseborough starred in the Channel 4 drama THE DEVIL'S WHORE, a
four-part serial filmed in South Africa. It tells the story of the English Civil
War through the eyes of Riseborough's character Angelica Fanshawe, a fictitious
young aristocratic woman who is drawn to the anti-monarchist cause.
Riseborough returned to the stage in 2008 in the Donmar Warehouse's production
of "Ivanov" opposite Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston, as well as starring in
the 2010 New York production of "The Pride."
Also in 2010 Riseborough had a number of feature film releases including MADE IN
DAGENHAM, Rowan Joffe's retelling of Graham Greene's BRIGHTON ROCK and NEVER LET
ME GO, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel.
In addition to W.E, Riseborough recently finished filming RESISTANCE, alongside
Michael Sheen, and has just completed filming SHADOW DANCER opposite Clive Owen
and Gillian Anderson. In 2012 Riseborough will begin filming WELCOME TO THE
PUNCH opposite James McAvoy after which she will commence work on Joe Wright's
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