Grainger at the premiere of Great Expectations, 2012 Toronto Film Festival
|Born||Holliday Clark Grainger
(1988-03-27) 27 March 1988
Didsbury, Manchester, England
|Other names||Holly Grainger|
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 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. Her first experience of acting was at age six 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 six 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.
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. 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 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.
Grainger played Cinderella’s stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Kenneth Branagh‘s 2015 film version of Cinderella. She is to appear in a film adaptation of the novel Tulip Fever alongside Alicia Vikander.
In 2014, she appeared on stage in a version of Chekov’s Three Sisters.
In 2016, Holliday starred in Disney’s The Finest Hours.
Grainger lives in Manchester with her mother, Gianetta Grainger, a graphic designer. She went to piano, gymnastics lessons, Taekwondo and was a pupil at the Madeley School of Dancing in Manchester.
|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 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||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
|2015||Lady Chatterley’s Lover||Lady Chatterley||Jed Mercurio adaptation for BBC One‘s early 20th century literature season|
|2017||Cormoran Strike||Robin Ellacott||A series adaptation for BBC One|
|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|
|2016||The Finest Hours||Miriam|
|2017||My Cousin Rachel||Louise|
|2009||Dimetos||Lydia||Donmar Warehouse, London|
|2014||Three Sisters||Irina||Southwark Playhouse, London|