Abbie Cornish
The Rising Star: Andrea Riseborough ascends in 'W.E.'
The Rising Star: Andrea Riseborough ascends in 'W.E.'

Madonna may be the most famous name associated with "W.E.," the romantic drama she directed that premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late summer. But the woman everyone could be talking about after the film comes out on Dec. 9 is someone rather different: Andrea Riseborough, a 30-year-old British actress who steals the show. Riseborough plays Wallis Simpson, the Baltimore socialite who in the 1930s shocked the world when she began dating Edward, Prince of Wales; he eventually became king but abdicated the throne to marry her. (Filmgoers may recognize the story, which launched the action in last year's "The King's Speech.") Though history has come to...