Brit Actress Andrea Riseborough Named “It Girl” of Toronto

28-year-old British actress Andrea Riseborough has been named “the It girl” of this year’s Toronto Film Festival, which ends on Sunday. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Gregg Kilday writes that Riseborough “has become almost ubiquitous on the red carpet with three movies on display.” She appears in Mark Romanek‘s Never Let Me Go, Nigel Cole‘s Made in Dagenham, and Rowan Joffe‘s Brighton Rock remake, all of which are being screened at this year’s festival. Riseborough certainly has a full dance card these days. Madonna is directing her in the upcoming film W.E., in which Andrea plays Wallis Simpson. (See photos).

Fans of British TV know Riseborough for her BAFTA-nominated role as the young Margaret Thatcher in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley. But she also, notably, played Annie the ghost in the original pilot for Being Human. (The role eventually would go to Lenora Crichlow.)

Riseborough’s home, however, is in the theater. Earlier this year, I saw Riseborough perform opposite Ben Whishaw and Hugh Dancy in Joe Mantello‘s production of The Pride Off-Broadway, and she was an absolutely gripping and funny stage presence playing two very different roles. With her expansive range and ability to switch between media, could she be her generation’s Streep?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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