Whitley Bay actress Andrea Riseborough sets up her own company

NORTH East actress Andrea Riseborough has set up her own production company.

Actress Andrea Riseborough

NORTH East actress Andrea Riseborough has set up her own production company.

The 31-year-old has started a company called Mother Sucker and has revealed she is due to start making her first film in Newcastle.

The actress, who grew up in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, said: “The name does make me smile, but it also has meaning behind it.

“I took so much from my mother in every way – emotionally, physically and mentally – that I feel that the power that’s given me will drive me through this process.”

In her early days, Andrea starred in several school plays and appeared at the People’s Theatre, in Newcastle, in the play Riding England Sidesaddle.

A former pupil of Newcastle’s Church High School, she took on a variety of jobs in the city including dance choreography and working in a Chinese restaurant before realising she wanted to act.

By the age of 20, she had won a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and graduated in 2005.

In 2006, she won the Ian Charleson Award for her performances in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Measure for Measure and Miss Julie.

She went on to star in films such as Madonna’s W.E., Made in Dagenham and Brighton Rock.

She has also played a young Margaret Thatcher in BBC drama The Long Walk to Finchley.

In February, she was named best actress at the Evening Standard British Film Awards for her role as an IRA terrorist in Shadow Dancer.

Later this year, she is set to appear alongside Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman in the £92m sci-fi thriller Oblivion.

Andrea, who now lives in Idaho with artist boyfriend Joe Appel, will hit the big screen again this Friday in her latest venture Welcome to the Punch.

James McAvoy stars as a young detective in the movie, while Andrea plays his investigative partner Sarah, helping him trail his professional nemesis, played by actor Mark Strong. The film also stars Daniel Mays, Andrea’s Made in Dagenham co-star.

She said: “Sarah’s a strong woman who has an interesting mentoring relationship with James’s character.

“She’s a bit messy too, always writing things on her hand, which becomes significant later on, though I won’t give it away.

“I really wanted to take on the role because of the actors, James and Mark and Daniel Mays.

“And I wanted to make a film with the director Eran Creevy.

“He was tireless and funny and always bouncing around, even though the film’s subject matter wasn’t exactly bouncy.

“It was quite a male set, but it’s not really an extraordinary thing because as an actress you spend your time with lots of men and that hasn’t really changed since Shakespearean times.

“It’s the grim reality, but it’s not so grim because I like men and it was an interesting film to make.”

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