ANDREA RISEBOROUGH (Nina Dunham), one of Britain's fastest-rising young talents, stars as the Duchess of Windsor in Madonna's film W. E., which was shown at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. She also co- stars opposite Michael Sheen in Resistance, and recently completed filming Welcome to Punch with James McAvoy. Andrea also appears in 2010's Never Let Me Go and 2011's Brighton Rock.
Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Andrea grew up in the seaside resort of Whitley Bay. She studied acting and ballet as a young girl and eventually trained at RADA, England's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She began her professional career while still at RADA in ITV's Whatever Love Means and in Britain's Channel 4's A Very Special Secretary.
After RADA, Andrea appeared on stage in the award winning play A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and made her feature film debut in Roger Michelle's Venus. Other stage appearances include a six-month stint at Britain's National Theatre, and appearances for director Peter Hall in productions of Miss Julie and Measure for Measure at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She played the lead in the BBC2 series Party Animals and an important role in Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky, as well as The Pain and the Itchon stage at London's Royal Court Theatre.
Other credits include starring as Margaret Thatcher is BBC's Margaret Thatcher -- The Long Walk to Finchley (BAFTA-TV nomination), Being Human, Patrick Marber's short film Love You More,Mad, Sad + Bad, The Devil's Whore,and Made in Dagenham.
On stage Andrea starred in Two Polish Speaking Romaniansat the Soho Theater; at the Donmar Warehouse opposite Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston in Ivanov, and off-Broadway opposite Ben Whishaw and Hugh Dancey in The Pride for which she won a Theatre World Award.
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