Holliday Grainger

Last updated on the 16 April 2024 by Maeve

Holliday Grainger

Mini Biography

Born: 27 March 1988, Didsbury, Manchester, England.

Holliday Grainger is an English actress who has appeared in various films, television shows, and stage productions. She was born to a graphic designer mother and a father who divorced when she was young. She has Italian ancestry from her maternal grandfather.

Holliday Grainger began acting at the age of five, when she was scouted for a BBC series. She continued to work as a child actor, appearing in shows such as Casualty, Doctors, and Where the Heart Is. She attended Parrs Wood High School and later studied English literature at the University of Leeds and the Open University.

Holliday Grainger’s breakthrough role was as Lucrezia Borgia in the Showtime series The Borgias, which ran from 2011 to 2013. She starred alongside Jeremy Irons, who played her father, Pope Alexander VI. The series was created by Neil Jordan and filmed in Hungary.

Holliday Grainger has also played several roles in film adaptations of classic novels, such as Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Anna Karenina, and The Finest Hours. She portrayed Estella, the love interest of Pip, in Mike Newell’s version of Great Expectations, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. She also played Cinderella’s stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella in 2015.

Holliday Grainger has also shown her versatility in different genres, such as crime, comedy and horror. She played Bonnie Parker in the 2013 miniseries Bonnie & Clyde, which was based on the real-life outlaw couple. She also played one of the female leads in The Riot Club, a film about an elite Oxford society, and appeared in the vampire film Hello Darkness.

Holliday Grainger has also been active on stage, performing in plays such as Disassociation, Three Sisters, and The Changeling. She has received positive reviews for her acting skills and stage presence.

Holliday Grainger is in a relationship with actor Harry Treadaway, whom she met on the set of The Borgias. They have been together since 2015 and have two children. Grainger is also friends with actresses Jessica Brown-Findlay, Vanessa Kirby and Lily James.


Suggested viewing


C. B. Strike (2017)

Strike, Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.9

A troubled war veteran turned private detective tackles complex cases the police have abandoned. Aided by his sharp assistant, he delves into the underbelly of London, navigating deceit and danger to uncover the truth.

Top cast: Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Kerr Logan, Joseph Quinn, Martin Shaw, David AveryLeo Bill, Tara Fitzgerald, Dorothy Atkinson.

The Capture (2019)

The Capture, Holliday Grainger

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.9

A seemingly clear-cut kidnapping case spirals into a complex web of government secrets and advanced surveillance technology. A tenacious detective finds herself questioning reality and her own sanity as she untangles the truth.

Top cast: Holliday Grainger, Ben Miles, Ginny Holder, Nigel Lindsay, Callum Turner, Ron Perlman, Lia Williams, Laura Haddock.

The Borgias (2011)

The Borgias poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.9

The Borgias chronicles the rise and fall of a powerful Renaissance family in Italy. The ambitious Rodrigo Borgia schemes his way to the papacy, using his position and ruthless tactics to elevate his family. His children, Cesare and Lucrezia, traverse the treacherous world of power, navigating political intrigue, personal desires and the ever-present struggle between the church and secular forces.

Top cast: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Sean Harris, Vernon Dobtcheff, Colm Feore, Peter Sullivan, Lotte Verbeek.

Great Expectations (2012)

Great Expectations, Holliday Grainger

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.3

An orphaned young man named Pip is unexpectedly given the chance to become a gentleman. He travels from his humble beginnings to London, encountering a cast of eccentric characters and grappling with the complexities of social class and wealth. As he copes with his newfound identity and the expectations placed upon him, Pip must confront his past, his true desires and the meaning of true nobility.

Top cast: Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Fleming, Ewen Bremner, Sally Hawkins, David Walliams.

Tell It To The Bees (2019)

Tell It To The Bees, Holliday Grainger

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

In 1950s Scotland, a young widow struggling with her husband’s abandonment finds solace and connection with the town’s new doctor. Her son, drawn to the doctor’s beehives, unknowingly fosters a friendship between the two women. As their bond deepens, they face societal disapproval of their growing affection, forcing them to grapple with personal desires, societal expectations and the challenges of love in a world that doesn’t embrace them.

Top cast: Holliday Grainger, Anna Paquin, Emun Elliott, Steven Robertson, Lauren Lyle, Gregor Selkirk, Kate Dickie, Billy Boyd, Euan Mason.

Cinderella (2015)

Cinderella (2015)

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.9

A young woman finds her life upended by the death of her mother and the manipulative scheming of her stepmother and stepsisters. Despite being reduced to servitude in her own home, she clings to her kindness and dreams. A chance encounter with a charming stranger and the intervention of a magical fairy godmother offer a glimmer of hope, leading her to a grand ball and a night that could change her destiny forever.

Top cast: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie.

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