Holliday Grainger

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Holliday Grainger
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Holliday Clark Grainger

(1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 (age 30)
Other namesHolly Grainger
Years active1994–present

Holliday Clark Grainger (born 27 March 1988), also credited as Holly Grainger, is an English screen and stage actress. Some of her prominent roles are Kate Beckett in the BAFTA award-winning children's series Roger and the Rottentrolls, Lucrezia Borgia in the Showtime series The Borgias, Robin Ellacott in Strike, and Estella in Mike Newell's adaptation of Great Expectations.

Early life[edit]

Grainger was born in Didsbury, Manchester. One of her grandfathers is Italian.[1][2] Her first experience of acting was at age five when she was scouted for a BBC TV series. She appeared in many TV shows and independent films as a child actor.[2]

Grainger attended Parrs Wood High School from 1999 to 2006,[3] and in 2007 began study for a degree in English literature at the University of Leeds. However, she eventually opted for the Open University[2] where she gained a first-class honours degree.[4]


Grainger's first acting role was at five years old in the BBC comedy drama series All Quiet on the Preston Front. Roles followed in Casualty, Doctors, Dalziel and Pascoe.[5] Grainger played Megan Boothe in Where the Heart Is, Stacey Appleyard in Waterloo Road and Sophia in Merlin.

In 2011 she appeared in the television series The Borgias, playing Lucrezia Borgia with 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.[6]

Grainger also performed on stage and in film. After her role as Emily in The Scouting Book for Boys she played one of the Rivers sisters opposite Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in Cary Fukunaga's 2011 retelling of Jane Eyre, and had minor roles in Bel Ami alongside Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman, and in the 2012 film Anna Karenina as Baroness Shilton.

In June 2011, she gained the leading role of Estella in Mike Newell's film adaptation of Great Expectations, opposite Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter.[7] The movie, screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2012, had its European premiere as the closing night film of the BFI London Film Festival.[8] She starred in Disassociation, a play by Luke Bailey, at the Lowry, and played Bonnie Parker in the 2013 mini-series Bonnie & Clyde. She was one of the female leads in The Riot Club, the film version of the play Posh, alongside Max Irons.

In 2014, she appeared on stage in a version of Chekov's Three Sisters.[9] Grainger played Cinderella's stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Kenneth Branagh's 2015 film version of Cinderella.[10] She appeared in a film adaptation of the novel Tulip Fever alongside Alicia Vikander.[11] In 2016, Grainger starred in Disney's The Finest Hours.[12] From 2017 she plays Robin Ellacott in the tv-series Strike (aired in the United States and Canada as C.B. Strike) based on the novels by J.K. Rowling.[13]


On 20 June 2016, World Refugee Day Grainger, as well as Jack O'Connell, featured in a film from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness of the global refugee crisis.[14] The film, titled Home, has a family take a reverse migration into the middle of a war zone. Inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.[15] Home, written and directed by Daniel Mulloy, went on to win a BAFTA Award and a Gold Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity among many other awards.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 All Quiet on the Preston Front Kirsty 4 episodes
1996 Roger and the Rottentrolls Kate Beckett Unknown episodes
1997 The 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 The Illustrated Mum Star Westwood 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 The Bad Mother's Handbook Charlotte Cooper Film
2008 Dis/Connected Jenny Film
2003 The Royal Carole Green Episode: "Coffin Fit"
2008 M.I. High Leah Retsam Episode: "It's a Kind of Magic"
2008 The 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 The 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
2015 Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Chatterley Jed Mercurio adaptation for BBC One's early 20th century literature season
2017–present Strike Robin Ellacott A series adaptation for BBC One
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Honor Episode: "The Hood Maker"
2018 Patrick Melrose Bridget Watson Scott Miniseries


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Awaydays Molly Carty
2009 The Scouting Book for Boys Emily
2010 Colette Colette Short
2011 Jane Eyre Diana Rivers
2012 Rachael Samantha Short
2012 Bel Ami Suzanne Rousset
2012 Anna Karenina Baroness
2012 Great Expectations Estella Havisham
2013 Goblin? Short
2014 The Riot Club Lauren
2015 Cinderella Anastasia Tremaine
2016 The Finest Hours Miriam
2017 My Cousin Rachel Louise
2017 Tulip Fever Maria
2017 Home Holly Short
2018 Tell It to the Bees Lydia Weekes


Year Title Role Venue
2009 Dimetos Lydia Donmar Warehouse, London
2014 Three Sisters Irina Southwark Playhouse, London


  1. ^ http://collider.com/holliday-grainger-interview-the-borgias/
  2. ^ a b c "Holliday Grainger Interview". 1883 Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Parrs Wood Alumni". parrswood.manchester.sch.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  4. ^ Vaughan, Richard (11 August 2012). "Trendind Hollie Grainger". London: dailymail. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ Petty, Moira (18 November 2012). "It's the Holliday season". London: dailymail. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  6. ^ Harnick, Chris (4 May 2012). "The Borgias renewed season 3". huffingtonpost. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  7. ^ Ge, Linda (17 June 2011). "Holliday Grainger cast as Estella in "Great Expectations" opposite Jeremy Irvine". Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Great Expectations to close BFI London Film Festival". number9films. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  9. ^ 'Three Sisters, Southwark Playhouse, review' Retrieved 30 September 2014
  10. ^ 'The Borgias' Star Holliday Grainger Joins Disney's 'Cinderella' (Exclusive) Retrieved 11 June 2013
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Schager, Nick. "Review: 'The Finest Hours' Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, And More | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  13. ^ "Holliday Grainger to Star in J.K. Rowling's 'Cormoran Strike'". Variety. 1 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Jack O'Connell, Holliday Grainger refugee drama 'Home' sets release". Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  15. ^ "What They Took With Them - #WithRefugees". 7 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  16. ^ "BAFTABritish Short Film and Short Animation". Retrieved 20 March 2017.

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