|Born||Holliday Clark Grainger
27 March 1988
Didsbury, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
|Other names||Hollie Grainger|
Holliday Clark Grainger (also credited as Hollie Grainger; born 27 March 1988) is an English screen and stage actress. Some of her prominent roles include Lucrezia Borgia in Showtime series The Borgias and Estella in Mike Newell's Great Expectations. In May 2010, Grainger was named one of the 55 faces of the future in Nylon magazine's Young Hollywood Issue.
Early life 
Grainger was born in Didsbury. She is of partial Italian descent through a grandfather. Growing up in Manchester, Grainger's first taste of acting came aged 6 when she was scouted for a BBC TV series. From then on, she appeared in multiple TV shows and independent films as a child actor.
She attended Parrs Wood High School from 1999 to 2006, then she started in 2007 a degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds. However, with her passion for acting, she eventually opted for an Open University where she recently gained a First Class Honours Degree.
Grainger's first acting role was at six years old in the BBC comedy drama series All Quiet on the Preston Front. A stream of roles followed in series such as Casualty, Doctors, Dalziel and Pascoe. Among her television roles at young age, Grainger is perhaps most recognisable for playing Megan Boothe in Where the Heart Is, Stacey Appleyard in Waterloo Road and Sophia in Merlin.
In 2011 Grainger became popular with the Showtime television series The Borgias, where she plays Lucrezia Borgia alongside Jeremy Irons in the role of Pope Alexander VI. The series, created by Oscar-winning Neil Jordan and shot in Hungary, has been renewed for a third season.
In addition to television she also performed on stage and on the big-screen. After her role as Emily in The Scouting Book for Boys she appears in a pair of 2011 feature productions – Jane Eyre, playing one of the Rivers sisters opposite Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, and Bel Ami alongside Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. In 2012, she appeared in the film Anna Karenina, playing a minor role, Baroness Shilton.
In June 2011, Grainger landed a lead big screen role as Estella in Mike Newell's film adaptation of Great Expectations, opposite Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter. The movie, screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2012, had its European premiere as the closing night film of the BFI London Film Festival. She recently finished filming the third series of The Borgias, starred in Disassociation, a play by Luke Bailey, at the Lowry, is due to start filming the British vampire film Hello Darkness this autumn, and has been cast as Bonnie Parker in a new mini-series about Bonnie & Clyde. She is currently in talks to play the female lead in the film version of the play Posh, alongside Max Irons.
Personal life 
|1994||All Quiet on the Preston Front||Kirsty||BBC1|
|1996||Roger and the Rottentrolls||Princess Kate||ITV|
|1997||The Missing Postman||Harriet||BBC1|
|2000||Casualty||Katie Stoppard||One episode: "Seize the Night" (No.14.26); 26 February 2000||BBC One|
|2001||Doctors||Nita Harmer||One episode: "Writing to Charlie" (No.3.55); 23 May 2001||BBC One|
|Dalziel and Pascoe||Nichola Crowley||One episode: "Walls of Silence" (No.6.1); 29 October 2001||BBC One|
|2002||Sparkhouse||Older Lisa Bolton||September 2002||BBC One|
|2003||The Illustrated Mum||Star||5 December 2003 (adapted from the Jacqueline Wilson novel)||Channel 4|
|The Royal||Carole Green||One episode: "Coffin Fit" (No.1.3); 2 February 2003||ITV|
|2005||No Angels||Simone||One episode (No.2.5); 12 April 2005||Channel 4|
|New Street Law||Katie Lewis||One episode (No.1.1); 4 May 2006||ITV|
|Where the Heart Is||Megan Boothe||18 episodes: 6 July 2003 – 28 August 2005||ITV|
|Doctors||Holly Leavis||One episode: "Indestructible" (No.7.87); 9 November 2005||BBC One|
|2007||Johnny and the Bomb||Rose Bushell||15 January 2006 (adapted from the Terry Pratchett novel)||ITV1|
|The Bad Mother's Handbook||Charlotte Cooper||19 February 2007 (adapted by Kate Long from her own novel)||ITV1|
|Waterloo Road||Stacey Appleyard||Four episodes (No.2.5, 2.6, 2.8, 2.10); 11 February – 12 April 2007||BBC One|
|2008||Dis/Connected||Jenny||31 March 2008||BBC Three|
|M.I. High||Leah Retsam||One episode: "It's a Kind of Magic" (No.2.1); 7 January 2008||BBC One|
|The Royal Today||Abigail||One episode (No.1.3); 9 January 2008||ITV1|
|Fairy Tales||Leeza Gruff||One episode: "Billy Goat"; 31 January 2008||BBC One|
|Waking the Dead||Nicola||Two episodes: "Duty and Honour" (parts 1 & 2); 28–29 April 2008||BBC One|
|Merlin||Sophia||One episode: "The Gates of Avalon" (No.1.7); 1 November 2008||BBC One|
|2009||Demons||Ruby||All six episodes: 3 January – 7 February 2009||ITV1|
|Robin Hood||Meg||One episode: "A Dangerous Deal" (No.3.9); 30 May 2009||BBC One|
|Blue Murder||Jess Burgess||One episode: "Having it All" (No.5.1); 7 September 2009||ITV1|
|Above Suspicion||Sharon Bilkin||Three episodes: "The Red Dahlia" (No.2.1); 4 January 2010||ITV1|
|2010||Stanley Park||"Dirty" Debbie||Pilot||BBC Three|
|2010||Five Daughters||Alice||Two episodes: 26–27 April 2010||BBC One|
|2010||Any Human Heart||Tess||Two episodes: 21–28 April 2010||Channel 4|
|2011–present||The Borgias||Lucrezia Borgia||Showtime|
|2000||Daddy Fox||Young Maggie Richardson||Director: John McCormack|
|2008||Awaydays||Molly||Director: Pat Holden|
|2010||The Scouting Book For Boys||Emily||Director: Tom Harper|
|2011||Jane Eyre||Diana||Director: Cary Fukunaga|
|2012||Great Expectations||Estella||Director: Mike Newell|
|2012||Bel Ami||Suzanne||Directors: Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod|
|2012||Anna Karenina||The Baroness||Director: Joe Wright|
|2009||Dimetos||Lydia||Donmar Warehouse, London; 19 March – 9 May 2009
(author: Athol Fugard; director: Douglas Hodge)
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