Grainger at the premiere of Great Expectations, Toronto Film Festival 2012
|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 the Showtime series The Borgias and Estella in Mike Newell's adaptation Great Expectations. In May 2010, Grainger was named one of the 55 faces of the future in Nylon magazine's Young Hollywood Issue.
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, 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 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 has recently been in talks to play the female lead in the film version of the play Posh, alongside Max Irons, and will also be part of the cast of Kenneth Brannagh's new cinematic retelling of Cinderella as Cinderella's step-sister, Anastasia Tremaine.
|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|
|2013||Goblin||Short film, post-production|
|1994||All Quiet on the Preston Front||Kirsty||Regular role (4 episodes)|
|1996||Roger and the Rottentrolls||Kate Beckett||Main role|
|1997||Missing Postman, TheThe Missing Postman||Harriet||TV film|
|2000||Comin' Atcha!||Pauline||Episode: "The Day Off"|
|2000||Casualty||Katie Stoppard||Episode: "Seize the Night"|
|2000||Daddy Fox||Young Maggie Richardson||TV series|
|2001||Dalziel and Pascoe'||Nicola Crowley||Episode: "Walls of Silence"|
|2001||Doctors'||Nita Harmer||Episode: "Writing to Charlie"|
|2002||Sparkhouse||Older Lisa Bolton||TV film|
|2003||Royal, TheThe Royal||Carole Green||Episode: "Coffin Fit"|
|2003||Illustrated Mum, TheThe Illustrated Mum||Star Westward||TV film|
|2003–2005||Where the Heart Is||Megan Boothe||Recurring role (18 episodes)|
|2005||No Angels||Simone||Episode: "2.5"|
|2005||Doctors||Holly Leavis||Episode: "Indestructible"|
|2005||Magnificent 7||Louise Jackson||TV film|
|2006||Johnny and the Bomb||Rose Bushell||TV miniseries|
|2006||New Street Law||Katie Lewis||Episode: "1.1"|
|2007||Bad Mother's Handbook, TheThe Bad Mother's Handbook||Charlotte Cooper||TV film|
|2007||Waterloo Road||Stacey Appleyard||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|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||Episodes: "Duty and Honour: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2008||Merlin||Sophia||Episode: "The Gates of Avalon"|
|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||TV series|
|2010||Five Daughters||Alice||Episodes: "1.2", "1.3"|
|2010||Stanley Park||Dirty Debbie||TV pilot|
|2010||Any Human Heart||Tess Scabius||Episodes: "1.1", "1.2"|
|2011–2013||Borgias, TheThe Borgias||Lucrezia Borgia||Main role (29 episodes)|
|2013||Bonnie & Clyde||Bonnie Parker||Main role (TV miniseries)|
|2009||Dimetos||Lydia||Donmar Warehouse, London|
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- 'The Borgias' Star Holliday Grainger Joins Disney's 'Cinderella' (Exclusive) Retrieved 11 June 2013
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