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Other names  Holly Grainger
Role  Actress
Occupation  Actress
Height  1.55 m

Years active  1994–present
Parents  Gian Grainger
Name  Holliday Grainger
Upcoming movie  The Finest Hours
Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia in The Borgias (TV Series, 2012)
Full Name  Holliday Clark Grainger
Born  27 March 1988 (age 27) (1988-03-27) Didsbury, Manchester, England
Education  University of Leeds, Parrs Wood High School
Movies and TV shows  The Borgias, Cinderella, Great Expectations, The Riot Club, The Finest Hours
Similar People  Sophie McShera, Lily James, Francois Arnaud, Lucrezia Borgia, Richard Madden

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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, Robin Ellacott in Strike and Estella in Mike Newell's adaptation of Great Expectations.


Holliday Grainger in her blue velvet gown

Holliday grainger

Early life

Holliday Grainger in her gold and black sequin dress

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.

Holliday Grainger wearing a glamorous skin tone gown with gorgeous bead work.

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.


Holliday Grainger in Burberry at the Cinderella LA

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.

Holliday Grainger attends the British Independent Film Awards 2019 at Old Billingsgate

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, Grainger starred in Disney's The Finest Hours.

Personal life

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.


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 went on to win a BAFTA Award and a Gold Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity among many other awards.


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