Other movie roles followed, including parts in Franklyn, Brighton Rock as well as the Jack Kerouac version On the Road. Riley can also be featured in the vampire play Byzantium as well as the fairytale upgrade Maleficent.
He attended Uppingham boarding school in Rutland and began to investigate playing work, starring in a production of Nicholas Nickleby. After experiencing an emotional dysfunction, Riley was taken from the institution by his parents and given space to refocus.
Following a National Youth Theatre character, Riley turned more completely to some other fire—music—and functioned as lead singer for the group 10,000 Things, with his brother George playing bass guitar. The group would release a self titled 2005 album.
The Anton Corbijn work earned Riley raves for his playing, as well as the performer won a British Independent Film Award along with a nomination in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He next starred in the dystopic movie Franklyn (2008).
The next year, Riley wed Romanian actress Alexandra Maria Lara, among his co-performers in Control as well as a star in Germany. The couple selected to live in Berlin.
Riley was subsequently featured in the high profile play Brighton Rock (2011), where he played the offender Pinkie, a character once made famous by Richard Attenborough. Costars for the update contained Helen Mirren and Andrea Riseborough.
Starring opposite Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, Riley spent weeks preparing for the part and traveled widely through North America.
Around this same time, Riley was cast in the time-crossing vampire play Byzantium (2012), directed by Neil Jordan. He was likewise cast in the Disney movie Maleficent (2014), a live action update on Sleeping Beauty featuring Angelina Jolie as the sorceress at odds with all the princess. Riley plays a person/bird hybrid who’s the title character’s henchman in the movie.