Grainger at the premiere of Great Expectations, 2012 Toronto Film Festival
|Born||Holliday Clark Grainger
27 March 1988
|Other names||Holly Grainger|
Holliday Clark Grainger (born 27 March 1988), also credited as Holly Grainger, is an British screen and stage actress. Some of her prominent roles include Lucrezia Borgia in the Showtime series The Borgias and Estella in Mike Newell's adaptation of Great Expectations.
Grainger was born in Didsbury, Manchester. One of her grandfathers is Italian. Growing up in Manchester, Grainger's first taste of acting came at age six 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, and in 2007 began a degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds. However, with her passion for acting, she eventually opted for the 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. Several 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, ran for three seasons.
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 appeared in the third series of The Borgias, starred in Disassociation, a play by Luke Bailey, at the Lowry, and also played Bonnie Parker in the 2013 mini-series about Bonnie & Clyde. She was one of the female leads in The Riot Club, the film version of the play Posh, alongside Max Irons.
In 2015, she played Cinderella's stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Kenneth Branagh's cinematic retelling of Cinderella. She will star in a film adaptation of the novel Tulip Fever alongside Alicia Vikander and starred on stage in a contemporary version of Chekov's Three Sisters.
Grainger lives in Manchester with her mother Gian, a graphic designer. She went to piano, gymnastics lessons, Taekwondo and was a pupil at the Madeley School of Dancing in Manchester. Holliday's sister Marianne Grainger is also an actress.
|1994||All Quiet on the Preston Front||Kirsty||4 episodes|
|1996||Roger and the Rottentrolls||Kate Beckett||Unknown episodes|
|1997||Missing Postman, TheThe Missing Postman||Harriet||Film|
|2000||Comin' Atcha!||Pauline||Episode: "The Day Off"|
|2000||Casualty||Katie Stoppard||Episode: "Seize the Night"|
|2001||Dalziel and Pascoe||Nicola Crowley||Episode: "Walls of Silence"|
|2001||Doctors||Nita Harmer||Episode: "Writing to Charlie"|
|2002||Sparkhouse||Older Lisa Bolton||Film|
|2003||Illustrated Mum, TheThe Illustrated Mum||Star Westward||Film|
|2003–05||Where the Heart Is||Megan Boothe||18 episodes|
|2005||Magnificent 7||Louise Jackson||Film|
|2005||No Angels||Simone||Episode: "2.5"|
|2005||Doctors||Holly Leavis||Episode: "Indestructible"|
|2006||Johnny and the Bomb||Rose Bushell||Film|
|2006||New Street Law||Katie Lewis||Episode: "1.1"|
|2007||Waterloo Road||Stacey Appleyard||4 episodes|
|2007||Bad Mother's Handbook, TheThe Bad Mother's Handbook||Charlotte Cooper||Film|
|2003||Royal, TheThe Royal||Carole Green||Episode: "Coffin Fit"|
|2008||M.I. High||Leah Retsam||Episode: "It's a Kind of Magic"|
|2008||Royal Today, TheThe Royal Today||Abigail||Episode: "1.3"|
|2008||Fairy Tales||Leeza Gruff||Episode: "Billy Goat"|
|2008||Waking the Dead||Nicola Bennet||2 episodes|
|2008||Merlin||Sophia||Episode: "The Gates of Avalon"|
|2009||Demons||Ruby||Miniseries (6 episodes)|
|2009||Robin Hood||Meg||Episode: "A Dangerous Deal"|
|2009||Blue Murder||Jess Burgess||Episode: "Having It All"|
|2010||Above Suspicion 2: The Red Dahlia||Sharon Bilkin||3 episodes|
|2010||Five Daughters||Alice||Episodes: "1.2", "1.3"|
|2010||Stanley Park||Dirty Debbie||Pilot|
|2010||Any Human Heart||Tess Scabius||2 episodes|
|2011–13||Borgias, TheThe Borgias||Lucrezia Borgia||29 episodes|
|2013||Bonnie & Clyde||Bonnie Parker||Miniseries
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
|2009||Scouting Book for Boys, TheThe Scouting Book for Boys||Emily|
|2011||Jane Eyre||Diana Rivers|
|2012||Bel Ami||Suzanne Rousset|
|2012||Great Expectations||Estella Havisham|
|2014||The Riot Club||Lauren|
|2015||Tulip Fever||Maria||In post-production|
|2015||The Finest Hours||Filming|
|2009||Dimetos||Lydia||Donmar Warehouse, London|
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- 'The Borgias' Star Holliday Grainger Joins Disney's 'Cinderella' (Exclusive) Retrieved 11 June 2013
- Jagernauth, Kevin (8 July 2013). "Alicia Vikander To Star In Long-Developing 'Tulip Fever,' Matthias Schoenaerts Sought For Role". indiewire.com. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- 'Three Sisters, Southwark Playhouse, review' Retrieved 30 September 2014
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