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.
Grainger in 2018
Holliday Clark Grainger
27 March 1988
|Other names||Holly Grainger|
Grainger was born in Didsbury, Manchester. One of her grandfathers is Italian. 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.
Grainger attended Parrs Wood High School from 1999 to 2006, and in 2007 began study for a degree in English literature at the University of Leeds. However, she eventually opted for the Open University where she gained a first-class honours degree.
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. 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.
After her role as Emily in the film The Scouting Book for Boys (2009), she played one of the Rivers sisters opposite Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in Cary Fukunaga's 2011 retelling of Jane Eyre, and had a minor role in Bel Ami alongside Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman.
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. 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 had a minor role in the 2012 film Anna Karenina as Baroness Shilton.
On stage, she played a role in Disassociation, a play by Luke Bailey, at The Lowry in Manchester, which received largely positive reviews and played Bonnie Parker in the 2013 mini-series Bonnie & Clyde. She was one of the female leads in the 2014 film The Riot Club, adapted from the play Posh, alongside Max Irons. In the same year, she appeared on stage in a version of Anton Chekov's play Three Sisters at the Southwark Playhouse.
In 2017, she appeared in a film adaptation of the novel Tulip Fever alongside Alicia Vikander. 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.
Grainger plays one of the two lead female roles in the feature film Animals, along with Alia Shawkat. Based on the novel by Emma Jane Unsworth, who also wrote the script, the film was directed by Sophie Hyde and filmed in Dublin.
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. 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. 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.
|1994||All Quiet on the Preston Front||Kirsty||4 episodes|
|1996||Roger and the Rottentrolls||Kate Beckett||Unknown episodes|
|2000||Comin' Atcha!||Pauline||Episode: "The Day Off"|
|Casualty||Katie Stoppard||Episode: "Seize the Night"|
|2001||Dalziel and Pascoe||Nicola Crowley||Episode: "Walls of Silence"|
|Doctors||Nita Harmer||Episode: "Writing to Charlie"|
|2003||The Royal||Carole Green||Episode: "Coffin Fit"|
|2003–05||Where the Heart Is||Megan Boothe||18 episodes|
|2005||No Angels||Simone||Episode: "2.5"|
|Doctors||Holly Leavis||Episode: "Indestructible"|
|2006||New Street Law||Katie Lewis||Episode: "1.1"|
|2007||Waterloo Road||Stacey Appleyard||4 episodes|
|2008||M.I. High||Leah Retsam||Episode: "It's a Kind of Magic"|
|The Royal Today||Abigail||Episode: "1.3"|
|Fairy Tales||Leeza Gruff||Episode: "Billy Goat"|
|Waking the Dead||Nicola Bennet||2 episodes: "Duty and Honour"|
|Merlin||Sophia||Episode: "The Gates of Avalon"|
|2009||Demons||Ruby||Miniseries (6 episodes)|
|Robin Hood||Meg||Episode: "A Dangerous Deal"|
|Blue Murder||Jess Burgess||Episode: "Having It All"|
|2010||Above Suspicion 2: The Red Dahlia||Sharon Bilkin||3 episodes|
|Five Daughters||Alice||Episodes: "1.2", "1.3"|
|Stanley Park||Dirty Debbie||Pilot|
|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|
|2017||Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams||Honor||Episode: "The Hood Maker"|
|2018||Patrick Melrose||Bridget Watson Scott||Miniseries|
|1997||The Missing Postman||Harriet|
|2002||Sparkhouse||Older Lisa Bolton|
|2003||The Illustrated Mum||Star Westwood|
|2005||Magnificent 7||Louise Jackson|
|2006||Johnny and the Bomb||Rose Bushell|
|2007||The Bad Mother's Handbook||Charlotte Cooper|
|The Scouting Book for Boys||Emily|
|2011||Jane Eyre||Diana Rivers|
|Bel Ami||Suzanne Rousset|
|Great Expectations||Estella Havisham|
|2014||The Riot Club||Lauren|
|2016||The Finest Hours||Miriam|
|2017||My Cousin Rachel||Louise|
|2018||Tell It to the Bees||Lydia Weekes|
|2009||Dimetos||Lydia||Donmar Warehouse, London|
|2014||Three Sisters||Irina||Southwark Playhouse, London|
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- "Holliday Grainger Interview". 1883 Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- "Parrs Wood Alumni". parrswood.manchester.sch.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- Vaughan, Richard (11 August 2012). "Trendind Hollie Grainger". London: dailymail. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- Petty, Moira (18 November 2012). "It's the Holliday season". London: dailymail. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- Harnick, Chris (4 May 2012). "The Borgias renewed season 3". huffingtonpost. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- Ge, Linda (17 June 2011). "Holliday Grainger cast as Estella in "Great Expectations" opposite Jeremy Irvine". Retrieved 17 June 2011.
- "Great Expectations to close BFI London Film Festival". number9films. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- Eden, Richard (13 January 2013). "Downton Abbey star Jim Carter enjoys 'bamboo massage'". The Telegraph.
- Sykes, Iain (29 January 2013). "Dissociation – The Lowry, Salford".
- 'Three Sisters, Southwark Playhouse, review' Retrieved 30 September 2014
- 'The Borgias' Star Holliday Grainger Joins Disney's 'Cinderella' (Exclusive) Retrieved 11 June 2013
- Schager, Nick (26 January 2016). "Review: 'The Finest Hours' Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, And More | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
- Jagernauth, Kevin (8 July 2013). "Alicia Vikander To Star In Long-Developing 'Tulip Fever,' Matthias Schoenaerts Sought For Role". indiewire.com. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Holliday Grainger to Star in J.K. Rowling's 'Cormoran Strike'". Variety. 1 November 2016.
- on YouTube
- "Jack O'Connell, Holliday Grainger refugee drama 'Home' sets release". Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- "What They Took With Them - #WithRefugees". 7 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- "BAFTABritish Short Film and Short Animation". 18 January 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.