Andrea Louise Riseborough was born in Wallsend, November 20, 1981. She made her debut on the big screen with the film Venus (2006), later taking part in films such as Happy Go Lucky (2008), We Want Se-x (2010), Don't Leave Me (2010), W.E. (2011), Oblivion (2013), Birdman (2014), Nocturnal Animals (2016), Mandy (2018) and Amsterdam (2022).
In 2022 she received critical acclaim for her performance in the film To Leslie, for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. During her career, she has earned a Critics' Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast for Birdman.
She was born in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne and raised in Whitley Bay, she was educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School and started taking her first steps in local theatres. She studied acting and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005. After a long training in theater and television, the actress moved to the cinema in 2007 in the comedy Magicians, a parody of Christopher Nolan's The Prestige.
Also in 2007 she won an Ian Charleson Award for her stage interpretation of Isabella in Measure for Measure and for the role of Julie in Miss Julie. After starring in the pilot episode of Being Human in the role of Annie Sawyer, then interpreted in the series by Lenora Crichlow, she plays the role of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the television film Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, for which she gets a nomination for the British Academy Television Awards.
In 2011 she played the role of Wallis Simpson in W.E. of Madonna and she starred alongside Michael Sheen in Resistance, while in 2013 she starred with Tom Cruise in the film Oblivion. In 2014 she was part of the cast of the award-winning Birdman by Alejandro González Iñárritu, in 2016 she starred in Nocturnal Animals, while in 2017 she was part of the cast of Battle of the Se*es.
Also in 2017 she took part in the fourth season of the British series Black Mirror, starring in the third episode, entitled Crocodile. In 2020 she is the female protagonist of ZeroZeroZero, a TV series created by Stefano Sollima and produced by Sky Atlantic, based on the homonymous novel by Roberto Saviano.
In 2023 she was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for To Leslie.